Thursday, March 4, 2010

Mistakes 12-Step

"[Karl Rove] blames himself for for not pushing back against claims that President George W. Bush had taken the country to war under false pretenses, calling it one of the worst mistakes he made during the Bush presidency."

Beth Fouhy,Associated Press, "Rove admits to error on Iraq as Bush strategist," Yahoo News, March 3, 2010.

This newsflash about Rove's new memoir doesn't really clarify which mistakes Rove is coming clean about. Is the mistake the failure to find WMDs? Going to war in Iraq under false pretenses? Not defending Bush enough for going to war -- even without WMDs as a rationale?

All we get, at least in this piece, is a cloud of mistakes of one kind or another, without saying the war was a mistake. The first step in the 12-step "admitting my mistakes" process is to come clean with a reasonable amount of clarity. Rove and/or Associated Press needs to go back to square one and try again.

But we should be realistic in our expectations. It took Robert MacNamara and McGeorge Bundy decades to fess up about Vietnam?

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