Paul Bremer moves to set his position straight in an Op Ed piece.
“The press has been curiously reluctant to report my constant public support for the president’s strategy in Iraq and his policies to fight terrorism. I have been involved in the war on terrorism for two decades, and in my view no world leader has better understood the stakes in this global war than President Bush.”
And Bremer has every right to make this point.
But I’m not sure it addresses the reason for the uproar over his initial comments regarding the shortage of troops.
The big deal here is that no one in the inner circle of the Bush administration ever admits to any mistake. They could have told the American people that the war was right, but some of the planning was wrong. But they didn’t
And they never do. And that’s why Bremer’s original comments were so interesting. He dedicated more than a year of his life to serving to this country and our efforts in Iraq. No one ever doubted that he was loyal to his president, his country and the overall strategy of taking on Saddam with military force.
The man bites dog part of the story is that he can be on this particular team and still manage to offer up some honest takes about mistakes made.
His editorial comments are well taken. But what he offers is not a rejection of that which made the story a big deal in the first place. It’s a further confirmation.