Dan Bartlett, White House Communications Director, just resigned after working for Little George for 14 years. He has no regrets. He can look in the mirror; he's fine with the mirror. Here are his words:
"It will be one of those things, when I hang up the spurs for the last time, I'll be able to look in the mirror and say, `I know this president and this White House did what they thought was right.' And at the end of the day, that's all you can do."
An eerie echo of Tony Blair's words of self-forgiveness when he "apologized for when he had fallen short, but insisted "hand on heart" that he had always done what he had thought was right for the country."
Well, duh. You didn't do what you thought was wrong? Of course you didn't! Only a psychopath does that. So you're not a psychopath. So what?
The point is that you were in fact--wrong. That's what matters. That's where the blasted landscapes and tens of thousands of innocent lives lost for nothing comes in. Remember them? That's what matters. Really, what does the state your tiny conscience as you gaze into the mirror matter compared to that?
Don't forget: these are the guys who preen themselves on their macho willingness to make the tough decisions--and then, when it turns out they completely fucked up--then, all of a sudden, instead of REALLY taking responsibility and admitting they were wrong and begging for forgiveness and committing to a life of atonement, they resort to this feeble excuse:
They meant well.
Ah, well, that's ok then. No problem...