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Bush and Mistakes

It has become conventional wisdom that Bush, when asked about his mistakes the other night, responded that he hasn’t made any, or at least he couldn’t come up with any. Even George Will said this on “This Week.” But it’s not true. Yes, Bush didn’t mention any specific mistakes (for an understandable reason–it would immediately be used against him). But he said historians would judge some of his tactical decisions as mistaken, and that he had made some bad appointments, but wasn’t going to single them out because some of those appointees (uh, Paul O’Neill?) might be watching. Then, he went on to say that the mistakes he is eventually judged to have made were all his responsibilty. This seems to me a perfectly reasonable answer that is now being grossly distorted.


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