As has been documented by several JoeUsers, it appears that nearly four hundred tons of explosively mysteriously disappeared from a site in Iraq, apparently after the US took over the country.
To many of us, this seems like somewhat of a mistake on Bush's part, and naturally enough, Kerry has pointed out that Bush handled this poorly. After all, Bush was warned by the International Atomic Energy Agency, before the invasion, that this site was very important.
After days of silence, Bush finally tried to defend himself. His response includng asserting that by criticizing him, Kerry was "denigrating the action of our troops and commanders in the field".
Huh? Kerry never blamed the troops. No one ever mentioned the troops until Bush brought them up here. Kerry held George Bush responsible. Is it hard for Bush to accept that the buck stops with him?
What's really creepy about this is that Bush has a history of blaming his subordinates for the mistakes made by the Bush administration. You may remember that the biggest mistake Bush admitted to, during the debates, was some of his choices of appointees. When Bush is pushed on the number of soldiers sent to Iraq, his usual response is to say the generals have as many as they've asked for -- which once again passes the blame, and also appears to be untrue.
When Bush inaccurately suggests that Kerry blames the troops, it almost sounds like it's Bush who's trying to deflect the responsibility here. No one brought up the troops until Bush did.
Maybe Bush really does have trouble believing he can make serious mistakes, so logically he has to conclude that any foul-ups under his watch are the responsibility of his subordinates.