Bremmer sets the record straight…

John Kerry, and the news media, recently seized on some remarks made by Paul Bremmer, administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority, to criticize the President and the war in Iraq. In today’s New York Times, Bremmer takes exception to the way his remarks have been represented and sets the story straight:

In recent days, attention has been focused on some remarks I’ve made about Iraq. The coverage of these remarks has elicited far more heat than light, so I believe it’s important to put my remarks in the correct context…

It’s no secret that during my time in Iraq I had tactical disagreements with others, including military commanders on the ground. Such disagreements among individuals of good will happen all the time, particularly in war and postwar situations…

The press has been curiously reluctant to report my constant public support for the president’s strategy in Iraq and his policies to fight terrorism. I have been involved in the war on terrorism for two decades, and in my view no world leader has better understood the stakes in this global war than President Bush

Mr. Kerry is free to quote my comments about Iraq. But for the sake of honesty he should also point out that I have repeatedly said, including in all my speeches in recent weeks, that President Bush made a correct and courageous decision to liberate Iraq from Saddam Hussein’s brutality, and that the president is correct to see the war in Iraq as a central front in the war on terrorism.

A year and a half ago, President Bush asked me to come to the Oval Office to discuss my going to Iraq to head the coalition authority. He asked me bluntly, “Why would you want to leave private life and take on such a difficult, dangerous and probably thankless job?” Without hesitation, I answered, “Because I believe in your vision for Iraq and would be honored to help you make it a reality.” Today America and the coalition are making steady progress toward that vision.

[Via Instapundit, who doesn’t find the press’s reluctance at all “curious.”]

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