Dueling Quotes of the Day

"I've told people that if you're interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested in preventing [Iran] from have the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon."—President Bush, today, at a press conference.

"This is inane. World War III? Against Iran? Really? Because Iran seems a lot like a medium-sized middle income country with few military capabilities rather than a near peer-competitor of the sort against which you might fight a world war."—Matt Yglesias

Yglesias also notes that Bush appears to have moved the goalposts from "preventing Iran from having a nuclear weapon" to "preventing Iran from having the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon. I'm not sure what the significance of that switch is, but it seems significant."

I will note that the official White House transcript has Bush saying "from have the knowledge," not "from having the knowledge," although that seems more like a typo than a Bushism. I hope so, anyway. Yeesh.

[H/T Steve Benen.]

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