During my days as a political flak, I always told candidates that the easiest statement for the voters to understand is “I was wrong.” Shouldn’t the President admit that we’ve made mistakes in post-war Iraq? Would that really hurt him? Why not say “Dragging a nation from decades of tyranny into the free world is a hard job. We have made mistakes, but the mission is so important we can’t afford to wait for perfection. We’ve got to learn and move on.” Wouldn’t that be the right answer politically, in addition to being the truth?