Wednesday, December 3, 2008
His Own Facts
James Lamond at Democracy Arsenal flags this portion of President Bush's interview with Charles Gibson:
GIBSON: If the intelligence had been right, would there have been an Iraq war?
BUSH: . . .In other words, if he had had weapons of mass destruction, would there have been a war? Absolutely.
GIBSON: No, if you had known he didn't.
BUSH: Oh, I see what you're saying. You know, that's an interesting question. . . It's hard for me to speculate.
Of course, by the intelligence being right, Gibson means were it to have reflected reality. But for Bush, the intelligence being right means were it to have reflected his version of reality.
The man really does feel entitled to his own set of facts. Of course, we've long suspected that to be the case, but this serves as pretty incontrovertible evidence. A pretty fitting summary of the man and his presidency.