Friday, May 26, 2006

The Grasp of the Obvious

President Bush finally gets a clue. From the Washington Post:

President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair last night acknowledged a series of errors in managing the occupation of Iraq that have made the conflict more difficult and more damaging to the U.S. image abroad, even as they insisted that enough progress has been made that other nations should support the nascent Iraqi government.

In a joint news conference, Bush said he had used inappropriate “tough talk” — such as saying “bring ’em on” in reference to insurgents — that he said “sent the wrong signal to people.” He also said the “biggest mistake” for the United States was the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, in which guards photographed themselves sexually tormenting Iraqi prisoners, spawning revulsion worldwide. “We’ve been paying for that for a long period of time,” he said.

Well, duh. So what are they going to do to make up for lost time and an alienated world? Well, they’re not saying.

I suppose you could call this a step forward from the time two years ago when Bush couldn’t — or wouldn’t — admit that he’s ever made a mistake. I guess in the face of overwhelming evidence, this concession is — for him — a big deal. Okay, so now what?

It will also be fun to see how all the righties defend this little concession after they crowed about how butch their Rambo president was and made fun of the left and the more temperate among us when Mr. Bush came out with those bulging-crotch remarks. I’m sure they’ll come up with a lot of good excuses. They always do.