The last question in the press conference President Bush held recently pretty much answers Don Castleman's letter to the editor.
Question: "In the last campaign, you were asked a question about the biggest mistake you'd made in your life, and you used to like to joke that it was trading Sammy Sosa. You've looked back before 9-11 for what mistakes might have been made. After 9-11, what would your biggest mistake be, would you say, and what lessons have you learned from it?"
GWB: "I wish you'd have given me this written question ahead of time so I could plan for it. I'm sure historians will look back and say, gosh, he could've done it better this way or that way. ... I would've gone into Afghanistan the way we went into Afghanistan. Even knowing what I know today about the stockpiles of weapons, I still would've called upon the world to deal with Saddam Hussein. See, I'm of the belief that we'll find out the truth on the weapons. ... I look forward to hearing the truth as to exactly where they are. They could still be there. They could be hidden, like the 50 tons of mustard gas in a turkey farm.
"I hope -- I don't want to sound like I have made no mistakes. I'm confident I have."
So much of this question and answer sums up the entire issue that squats incoherently before the American people, and never mind the tacit admission that he is helpless if he doesn't get the questions beforehand. Even Nixon admitted making mistakes.
Have you made any mistakes, George?
The Towers came down, the Taliban and al Qaeda are back in force in Afghanistan, there are about 700 dead American soldiers and well over 10,000 dead Iraqis in the Middle East, there are no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, they had nothing to do with Sept. 11. Osama bin Laden has been given this great gift because we invaded a Muslim country on a nonexistent pretext, and by the way, we failed to catch the guy "Dead or Alive," we have manufactured thousands more terrorists with this invasion, the budget is annihilated, the Homeland Security Department is a total boondoggle ... nope, I can't think of any mistakes.
By the way, the Iraqi WMDs are hidden at a turkey farm.
Pass it on.
Larry Brophy, Payson