‘Fifty percent said Bush intentionally exaggerated ...’:
There’s a difference between ‘lying’ and ‘exaggerating,’ granted. No evidence has come up that indicates, to moi, that President Bush lied about WMD in Iraq. But it’s becoming abundantly clear, as Paul Wolfowitz has already admitted, that the administration launched a full-scale spin campaign before the war, pegging and exaggerating the war rationale on WMD. Like spin artists in a political campaign, they didn’t quite tell a lie, but they went right up to the edge. Spins over an opponent’s stand on, say, health care are one thing. Spins over why we should spill blood are another. The American people understand this -- and that’s why Bush is rightly paying the price in polls.
... Here’s a classic quote from the same WaPo article:
“ ‘If we have the capability of finding out that Joe Blow No-Name has dodged his taxes for the past 10 years, why don't we have the capability of . . . finding a foolproof method of finding out whether the intelligence we gather is accurate and making it rock-solid before we jump into another situation?’ said James Pike, 41, an auto mechanic from Ogdensburg, N.Y.”
has more on the issue. ... It’s not necessarily Rummy and Paul who are going to lose their jobs. It may well be Bush, if the reaction of Mr. Pike and others is any indication.