Friday, October 22, 2004

Surprise, surprise: Casualties or no casualties?

Have you heard the latest? Pat Robertson claims before the Iraqi War, he spoke with the President who told him there'd be no casualties.
Mr. Robertson, a former marine who ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 1988, said that he had had "deep misgivings" about the war. But, he said, closely paraphrasing Mark Twain, the president looked "like a contented Christian with four aces."
Clearly, this has caused a stir with some folks, particularly those of us heading to the polls in less than two weeks.

The White House denies the President ever said this, even though Robertson says the President was "most self-assured man I ever met."

What's the truth? Who's to say, and unless the President is taping his conversations -- a practice which went out of vogue with President Nixon -- we'll never know the actual truth.

It is troubling, however. Robertson is one of the President's biggest supporters, and for him to put this out now indicates either a deep-seated psychosis in that he's turning on the President (which I doubt), or the President said something which stuck with the Robertson for all these many months.

I'm thinking the latter. From where I sit -- a long way from both the White House and Nashville (where the conversation supposedly took place) -- I'd say the President looks like a man leading a crusade. I can imagine him being self assured, and I can imagine him looking at Robertson and trying to persaude Robertson that it wasn't going to be anywhere near as bad as Robertson was thinking it would be.

I hate to think Robertson is right all the way around.

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