HUGE h/t to Drudge for this one.
White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten responds to Harry Reid, slamming him up against the proverbial wall for the idiotic statements he made in his letter to President Bush yesterday. The letter starts off pleasant enough:
A useful discussion of what we need to do in Iraq requires an accurate and fair-minded description of our current policy: As the President has explained, our goal is an Iraq that can govern itself, defend itself, and sustain itself. In order to achieve this goal, we are pursuing a strategy along three main tracks — political, economic, and security. Along each of these tracks, we are constantly adjusting our tactics to meet conditions on the ground. We have witnessed both successes and setbacks along the way, which is the story of every war that has been waged and won.
But then Bolten puts goes in for the kill:
Your letter recites four elements of a proposed â€œnew directionâ€ in Iraq. Three of those elements reflect well-established Administration policy; the fourth is dangerously misguided.
Oh, SLAM! That had to hurt! Fastforward toward the end of the letter: