Friday, May 26, 2006

Note to W: Sometimes Sorry Isn't Good Enough

(via ThinkProgress)

From the transcript of yesterday's Bush/Blair news conference:

QUESTION: Mr. President, you spoke about missteps and mistakes in Iraq.

Could I ask both of you which missteps and mistakes of your own you most regret?

BUSH: Sounds like kind of a familiar refrain here.

Saying, "Bring it on"; kind of tough talk, you know, that sent the wrong signal to people. I learned some lessons about expressing myself maybe in a little more sophisticated manner, you know. "Wanted, dead or alive"; that kind of talk. I think in certain parts of the world it was misinterpreted. And so I learned from that.

As the ThinkProgress blog observes:
Since that time more than 2200 U.S. troops have died.
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"Sorry" seems a rather generous interpretation of what he said.

Seems more like he said, "Hey, who would have ever thought that saying, 'nyah, nyah, I dare ya,' would lead people to do crazy and violent things? Golly gee, those foreigners sure are unpreditable, irrational and wacky! Live and learn."

Reminds me of his "no one anticipated the breach of the levees" statement. Uh, the reason professional diplomats (and, um, DRUNK GUYS IN PARKING LOTS) don't say stuff like 'bring it on' is because everybody knows it makes bad situations worse.

So, no, he didn't say I'm sorry. He said, in essence, "no one could have anticipated the effect 'bring it on' would have."

This guy never takes responsibility for anything. Ever.