Josh Marshall writes:
“In the Bush world you never admit mistakes. The only mistakes the president can think of [when asked in the debate on Friday] are the times he appointed people who do admitted mistakes — who put reality above loyalty to the president.
“No one likes admitting mistakes. And it’s often especially difficult for public officials to do so. But recognizing mistakes — on the inside, if not for public consumption — is how you prevent mistakes from metastasizing into disasters. Which all explains a great deal about how we got where we are now in Iraq.”