CHOKING ON THE WORD
Just about every quote in this preview of the Bush interview that will air on 60 Minutes tonight is infuriating, but one line jumps out:
Asked if it wasn't his administration that created the instability in Iraq, Bush says, "Our administration took care of a source of instability in Iraq. Envision a world in which Saddam Hussein was rushing for a nuclear weapon to compete against Iran... He was a significant source of instability."
"It's much more unstable now, Mr. President," Pelley remarks.
"Well, no question, decisions have made things unstable," the president replies.
"Decisions"? Whose decisions?
"My." My. My. Say it, Mr. President. Say "my decisions." Whose decisions could you be referring to, if not yours? You are, after all, the Decider.
Oh, never mind. We know -- you can't bring yourself to say anything like that. You're physically incapable of it.
(Bush does go on to say, "I think history is going to look back and see a lot of ways we could have done things better. No question about it." But that's not the same thing. That's saying "There's room for improvement," not "We screwed up royally.")