87 Billion Apologies - Take your money, Mr. President, but at least say you're sorry. By Michael Kinsley: "This $87 billion request is a minefield of embarrassments, through which a simple 'We got it wrong' would have been the safest route. After all, Bush either knew we'd be spending this kind of money for two or more years after declaring victory and didn't tell us, or he didn't realize it himself. Those are the only two options. He deceived us, or he wasn't clairvoyant in the fog of war. Apparently, Bush would rather be thought omniscient than honest, which is a pity, since appearing honest is a more realistic ambition. Especially for him."
Cruel and perfectly convincing. A lovely Kinsley essay in Slate.