By the way, the report is already on two best-seller lists. At the moment it’s No. 3 at Barnes & Noble online and No. 6 on Amazon. I haven’t read it yet, just the news stories about it.
To judge from the first sentence by the study group’s co-chairmen — “There is no magic formula to solve the problems of Iraq.” — my guess is that it’s a pretty good sleeping pill. Anyone for calling in Houdini?
Postscript: Just got a huge laugh out of the Bullshitter’s definition of failure in Iraq. “I am disappointed by the pace of success.” Apparently still delusional, he thought he was auditioning for “The Daily Show” at today’s press conference.
Q: Mr. President, the Iraq Study Group said that leaders must be candid and forthright with people. So let me test that. Are you capable of admitting your failures in the past, and perhaps much more importantly, are you capable of changing course, perhaps in the next few weeks?
A: I think you’re probably going to have to pay attention to my speech coming up here when I get all the recommendations in, and you can answer that question, yourself. I do know that we have not succeeded as fast as we wanted to succeed. I do understand that progress is not as rapid as I had hoped. … You wanted frankness — I thought we would succeed quicker than we did, and I am disappointed by the pace of success.
Such is frankness.