not so fast, senator
Check out the Republican spin on the recent embrarrasing White House retreat on Bush's State of the Union nuclear scaremongering:
Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.), chairman of the Republican Conference, praised the administration for being forthright. "I think they had the best information that they thought, and it was reliable at the time that the president said it," Santorum told reporters. "It has since turned out to be, at least according to the reports that have been just released, not true," he said. [Emphasis added] "The president stepped forward and said so," he continued. "I think that's all you can expect."
Reality check: The problem isn't so much that the uranium story -- like so many of Bush's prewar claims -- has since turned out to be a combination of hyperbole, wishful thinking, and floundering for a causus belli the public would support. No, the deal with the uranium story is that it was known by this Administration at the time to be totally bogus.
And please, let's not play the "Bush was out of the loop" game again. If Bush was misled by bad intelligence, let him -- like a competent CEO is supposed to -- lay a little disciplinary action on those who misled him. Untill and unless Bush the Delegator holds someone responsible for this falsehood, it's perfectly appropreate to hold him responsible.
Talking Post Memo has been following developments closely.