What’s Changed?

Paul Bremer, July 2003, on Meet the Press:

Tim Russert: Have you asked Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld for more American troops?

Ambassador Paul Bremer: No, I have not. I expressed —

Tim Russert: Do we need more?

Ambassador Paul Bremer: I do not believe we do. I think the military commanders are confident we have enough troops on the ground, and I accept that analysis.

Paul Bremer, October 2004:

We never had enough troops on the ground.

Such a comparison is obvious, but nevertheless worth making. So was he incompetent, or simply lying last year?