AP: Bush Contradicting His Own Administration
As the news is breaking that the key judgments and portions of the NIE will be declassified, the AP says this shows Bush is contradicting his own administration’s assessments:
President Bush on Tuesday said it is naive and a mistake to think that the war with Iraq has worsened terrorism, disputing a national intelligence assessment by his own administration. He said he was declassifying part of the report.
The point that the AP has somehow missed is that the portions of the document that were already leaked to the press were not reflective of the document as a whole. If Bush were really “disputing the national intelligence assessment,” why then would he be declassifying more of the document?