George Bush minions are doing quick damage control in the wake of Tom Ridge's revelation that he smelled a rat in White House efforts to raise the terror threat level on the weekend before Bush's '04 reelection.
Andrew Card, former Bush chief of staff, tells Politico that "We went over backwards repeatedly and with great discipline to make sure politics did not influence any national security and homeland security decisions."
That's fascinating, and false.
Back in September of 2002, six months before the invasion of Iraq, the White House acknowledged a planned strategy to get Congress and the public on board. The "rollout" of this strategy was purposely delayed until after Labor Day, and Card himself explained why to Elisabeth Bumiller of the New York Times:
''From a marketing point of view, you don't introduce new products in August.''
So, ginning up support for war in the Middle East and overthrowing Saddam Hussein -- which Bush insisted was a national security decision -- did require politics, by Card's own flippant admission.
Was he lying then, or is he lying now?