When you’re in the middle of spin control, and furiously trying to discredit the guy who just criticized the way you run your administration, don’t admit that you did exactly what your critic is accusing you of.
Well, it looks like Bush just undercut all of his lackeys who have been were busy denying that they were planning war in Iraq from the beginning:
Bush admits he targeted Saddam from the start
Comments could boost criticism of president’s case for war against Iraq
…”The stated policy of my administration toward Saddam Hussein was very clear — like the previous administration, we were for regime change,” Bush told a joint news conference in Monterrey, Mexico, with Mexican President Vicente Fox. “And in the initial stages of the administration, as you might remember, we were dealing with (enforcing a no-fly zone over Iraq) and so we were fashioning policy along those lines.”
NO one, and I repeat, no one, has stated that there was no planning regarding Saddam Hussein. They were planning from day one, and as the quote that Jesse and Atrios are too dim to comprehend states, they were looking at containment (‘enforcing a no-fly zone’) and all options, including regime change. As I have noted below, this was mentioned consistently throughout the campaign, in the debates, and was merely a continuation of the existing policy towards Iraq.
No one has stated otherwise, and I would ask Jesse and Atrios to come up with this spin that states otherwise. It simply does not exist. To date, the only thing I have seen even remotely close to spin would be the Inspector General examining whether O’Neill disclosed classified documents (O’Neill had this to say about the IG investigation: “If I were secretary of the Treasury and these circumstances occurred, I would have asked the inspector general to take a look at this.) and this rather unflattering comment (“”We didn’t listen to [O’Neill’s] wacky ideas when he was in the White House, why should we start listening to him now?”).
No one, however, has suggested, spun, stated- you choose the word, that there were not always plans for regime change in Iraq. Period.
These guys have gone beyond stupid to stoopid with two o’s. Straightjackets and rubber rooms are right around the corner. In O’Neill’s own words:
“I’m amazed that anyone would think that our government, on a continuing basis across political administrations, doesn’t do contingency planning and look at circumstances. Saddam Hussein has been this forever. And so, I was surprised, as I’ve said in the book, that Iraq was given such a high priority. But I was not surprised that we were doing a continuation of planning that had been going on and looking at contingency options during the Clinton administration. “
Hear that Jesse and Atrios- Your new hero, Paul O’Neill, thinks you are amazing. Me too. Boy is the you-know-what going to hit the fan when Atrios and JEsse learn the Pentagon has battle plans, complete with ROE and Battle Order for North Korea, Cuba, the Kashmir region, Russia- well, you name it. That revelation will probably knock their socks off.
*** Update ***
OMG- It keeps getting better. Atrios, our intrepid phys. ed teacher/internet sleuth is just the gift that keeps on giving: