Bush Made A "Miscalculation"By Emelius at 3:53 PM
President Bush is finally starting to say what we have been saying for over a year. He has made a mistake in Iraq. Though the president is incapable of actually saying he made a mistake, he did have this to say in an interview with the New York Times about Iraq and then later about Global Warming:
Mr. Sanger: So this— the mistake is specifically what?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, it's a — it's a miscalculation of the — what the conditions would be like after a swift victory, because we never dreamt it would be that swift. And so the fundamental question is, what are you doing about it? And what we're doing about it is dealing with it. We've got a flexible plan. In other words, a plan —
Q Was it flexible fast enough? I mean ...
THE PRESIDENT: Well, David, that's what historians and that's what people like yourself could judge. The point is, it was flexible. And we're now dealing with it, and Iraq is headed toward elections.
On Global Warming:
Ms. Bumiller: Mr. President, why did your administration change its position on what causes global warming?
THE PRESIDENT: I don't think we did.
Ms. Bumiller: According to —
THE PRESIDENT: I don't think so, Elisabeth.
Ms. Bumiller: You said that it's almost certainly carbon monoxide — which you hadn't said in the past, carbon dioxide.
THE PRESIDENT: I think that was my position during the campaign, if I'm not mistaken.
Ms. Bumiller: It changed —
MR. McCLELLAN: You're talking about the National Academy of Science report?
Ms. Bumiller: Yes, yes.
MR. McCLELLAN: We've always talked about how that would - we'd be guided by their science on the issue, and that's why the President has done a lot in terms of climate change, advancing the science of climate change, and also doing more research —
THE PRESIDENT: Let me get back with you on that, because I think you might — I don't know why you said what you just said.
We'll be waiting Mr. President.