From the "Did you seriously just say that?" Department:
NEW YORK Surely, at this stage, the White House would be willing to admit that conditions in Iraq following the 2003 invasion haven't gone exactly according to plan? White House Press Secretary Tony Snow was asked about this today at the daily briefing, following the release of military documents from 2002 that revealed that the U.S. expected that by now a token American force of 5,000 would be able to keep things under control in Iraq -- and the occupation would require only a two or three month "stabilization" period.
"What went wrong?" the reporter reasonably asked.
Snow replied: "I'm not sure anything went wrong."
You know, where I come from, this is what we'd consider "going wrong":
Then again, that's just me.
AFTERSNARK: Out of all of Snow's absurdities, perhaps the most infuriating is:
The President believes that we did the right thing in going into Iraq. The question is, should you saddle any military planner with an expectation that they're going to have perfect insight into what happens five years later? Aand the answer is, of course not.
You might normally cut someone some slack for not predicting everything about a military campaign perfectly; that is, unless they've spent years lecturing you about how absolutely certain they are about everything.
Go on ... read that article and count how many times a member of the Bush administration "knows" something, or how frequently something is a "fact," or how often a Bushie makes a statement, completely undiluted by any qualifier of uncertainty whatsoever. (If you have the stomach, feel free to Google on the combination of "George W. Bush" and the phrase "no doubt" to appreciate the hideously-misplaced confidence Commander Codpiece had in his own abilities.)
No, Tony, you don't get a pass on this. You don't get to play the "Hey, no one can ever be sure" card, not after you've spent the last few years being exactly that sure about absolutely everything, and accusing of treason anyone who tried to present the most minimally-dissenting view.
No, Tony -- you made that bed of complete certainty, now you have to lie in it. Make yourself comfortable.