“Mistakes were made”?

Not quite the self-critical evaluation we know President George W. Bush is utterly incapable of, but still, this Times of London article reporting an interview in which the President “regrets” his Iraq war rhetoric (“bring it on,” “wanted dead or alive,” “nucular”) may come close. It seems that the Presidsent may have “inadvertently” convinced, say, everyone else on Earth that he wasn’t “you know, a man of peace” and actually wanted to have a gratuitous, unprovoked war with Iraq. Funny how being reelected as “the war president” and beating your political opponents with the club of accusations of their being traitors and terrorist sympathizers will do that kind of thing.
The good news is that it sounds like there is a “good cop bad cop” thing going on with Iran… and for a change, Israel is playing the role of “bad cop” (for the record, the Europeans are playing “good cop,” with the United States playing the role of “tied up in Iraq.”) Maybe we won’t have yet another war we neither need to have nor can afford to have. Maybe.
Meanwhile, the President is in Europe, at a US-EU Summit in Slovenia… as he desperately hopes someone somewhere thinks he’s still relevant. Unfortunately, his “relevance” can’t be totally discounted for the rather long 7 months 10 days to go of this painfully long Presidency. Until then, it seems, we continue to have “the Government we deserve” (even if, as usual, I simply have no recollection of knife-raping a nun.)