The Corner

But Why Didn’T Bush See This Coming?

As far as I can tell, Jonah, you (and the Wall Street Journal, which makes a similar argument in its lead editorial today) are exactly right about this whole WMD brouhaha: The likely existence of WMDs was only one of many reasons for going into Iraq. But instead of explaining that, Bush dug in, good and hard, on the WMD question, making what should have been a minor issue into The Issue of the Year.

How come? George Will wrote weeks and weeks ago that all the administration really needed to do was to say that it had made an honest–and, in the scheme of reasons for taking out Saddam–a minor mistake. It got stubborn instead. I just can’t figure it out.