Today, nearly four years after the start of the war in Iraq, CNN’s Ed Henry asked the president of the United States a question that struck us as pretty reasonable: With contradictory claims now being made about Iranian involvement in Iraq, “What assurances can you give the American people that the intelligence this time will be accurate?”
The president’s answer: Trust me.
No wait, that’s not exactly true. It suggests that the president actually engaged with the question — that he said that he knows that there were problems with the intelligence and the way it was used in the run-up to Iraq and that he has worked double-triple hard to make sure he’s right about what he’s saying this time.
That’s not how the president answered the question. What he said was this:
“Ed, we know [that Iranian-supplied weapons are] there, we know they’re provided by the Quds force. We know the Quds force is a part of the Iranian government. I don’t think we know who picked up the phone and said to the Quds force, ‘Go do this,’ but we know it’s a vital part of the Iranian government.
“What matters is, is that we’re responding. The idea that somehow we’re manufacturing the idea that the Iranians are providing IEDs is preposterous.”