George Bush, caught with his pants on fire again. Today we learned that Iraq has issued a warrant for the arrest of Ahmed Chalabi (currently in hiding in Iran!). Bush has been giving him the Kenny Boy Treatment, attempting to distance himself from that darling of the neo-cons, the man touted as the next leader of Iraq, the source of all that rich intelligence on WMD's. But it seems that, gosh, George Bush barely knows the guy!
As posted by Timothy Noah at Slate:
Q: Thank you, Mr. President. Mr. Chalabi is an Iraqi leader that's fallen out of favor within your administration. I'm wondering if you feel that he provided any false information, or are you particularly—
Q: Yes, with Chalabi.
A: My meetings with him were very brief. I mean, I think I met with him at the State of the Union and just kind of working through the rope line, and he might have come with a group of leaders. But I haven't had any extensive conversations with him.
—President Bush, in a Rose Garden exchange with reporters, June 1, 2004.
So I guess Chalabi is more Laura's friend.