"State of Denial" reporting in Washington Post. Why not just say Bush and his administration lie -- repeatedly? Is there a difference between lie and a "discrepancy" between what the White House knew and what it said it knew?
There was a vast difference between what the White House and Pentagon knew about the situation in Iraq and what they were saying publicly. But the discrepancy was not surprising. In memos, reports and internal debates, high-level officials of the Bush administration have voiced their concern about the United States' ability to bring peace and stability to Iraq since early in the occupation.
Discrepancy not surprising? Only if you don't expect the president to tell the truth.