After his speech at the U.N. yesterday, George W. Bush took some questions. According Reuters, the following exchange took place:
"Taking a few questions from reporters in a subsequent meeting with Allawi, Bush all but dismissed a CIA report leaked last week that offered a gloomy outlook in Iraq with the worst scenario a civil war.
" 'The CIA laid out several scenarios. It said that life could be lousy, life could be OK, life could be better. And they were just guessing as to what the conditions might be like," he said. "The Iraq citizens are defying the pessimistic predictions.' "
Bush didn't tell us that the C.I.A. was just guessing about W.M.D. in Iraq when he was selling the war to the nation.