Via Kevin Drum, George W. Bush admits to ABC News that he was knowingly lying to the public about conditions in Iraq all throughout 2006. He says he was doing it to keep up morale for the troops in the field. Phil Carter, who was serving in Iraq at the time, is unimpressed by this observing that the troops in the field knew perfectly well what was going on and their morale was undermined by an out of touch leadership.
Both Phil and Kevin seem a bit too delicate to note that the President, even in his admission of past lying, is pretty clearly coming up with a new lie here. He wasn’t pretending things were going well in Iraq for the troops, he was doing it for the midterm elections.