Finally, someone else says it.
Throughout the Iraqi Bush Adventure, there has been a curious argument taking place:
Critic: The intelligence was wrong. They knew it. The whole thing was a setup.
Administration: Yes, but _____ said the same thing we did. How were we to know?
What seems so disingenuous about the administration’s argument is that, for the most part, the various people whose names could fill in the blank were operating according to what the White House told them. It is not so much that other people agreed with the administration’s line, but rather that they believed it.
And for some reason, this point has brought nothing but the sound of the wind and maybe the occasional tumbleweed.