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“Bush Administration Spin”

I found myself saying this phrase twice on Fox & Friends this morning, and it was a little jarring. It seems so odd to say “administration spin” without “Clinton” in front of it. But unfortunately any government has a tendency to toe a party-line and begin to tell itself things that aren’t quite true. This seems particularly so in Iraq lately. For instance, the insistence that we’re not facing a guerrilla insurgency, which fortunately has been dropped. Or the attempt yesterday to say the move to go to the U.N. didn’t represent any kind of departure. Gimme a break. Or the insistence that no more troops are necessary in Iraq. Part of the solution in Iraq is the administration beginning to tell itself the truth about how things have not gone quite as planned–no shame in that–and being forthright with the public about how it will address the unexpected situation there.

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