Mr. Bush, your pants are on fire.
George W. Bush answering Helen Thomas at a press conference last Tuesday (emphasis mine):
Q I’d like to ask you, Mr. President, your decision to invade Iraq has caused the deaths of thousands of Americans and Iraqis, wounds of Americans and Iraqis for a lifetime. Every reason given, publicly at least, has turned out not to be true. My question is, why did you really want to go to war? From the moment you stepped into the White House, from your Cabinet — your Cabinet officers, intelligence people, and so forth — what was your real reason? You have said it wasn’t oil — quest for oil, it hasn’t been Israel, or anything else. What was it?
THE PRESIDENT: I think your premise — in all due respect to your question and to you as a lifelong journalist — is that — I didn’t want war. To assume I wanted war is just flat wrong, Helen, in all due respect — Excuse me, excuse me. No President wants war. Everything you may have heard is that, but it’s just simply not true.
New York Times, today, reporting on a confidential leaked memo that the British press reported on months ago (emphasis mine):
In the weeks before the United States-led invasion of Iraq, as the United States and Britain pressed for a second United Nations resolution condemning Iraq, President Bush’s public ultimatum to Saddam Hussein was blunt: Disarm or face war.
But behind closed doors, the president was certain that war was inevitable. During a private two-hour meeting in the Oval Office on Jan. 31, 2003, he made clear to Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain that he was determined to invade Iraq without the second resolution, or even if international arms inspectors failed to find unconventional weapons, said a confidential memo about the meeting written by Mr. Blair’s top foreign policy adviser and reviewed by The New York Times.
The memo also shows that the president and the prime minister acknowledged that no unconventional weapons had been found inside Iraq. Faced with the possibility of not finding any before the planned invasion, Mr. Bush talked about several ways to provoke a confrontation, including a proposal to paint a United States surveillance plane in the colors of the United Nations in hopes of drawing fire, or assassinating Mr. Hussein.
And no one could’ve anticipated terrorists flying planes into buildings. And we’ll rebuild New Orleans. And we’ll get Osama bin Laden dead or alive. And Mission Accomplished. And we’ll bring accountability and decorum back to the Oval Office. And we’ll shrink the size of government. And when we’re talking about wiretaps, why, that requires a court order.
Ladies, please, somebody, give this man a blowjob so we can impeach him already!