I actually thought about calling this post "The Press Corps Grows A Pair". For a change, there were some tough questions floating around - Bush often looked uncomfortable and hestitant and one one occasion downright "petulant teen girl".
It also leaves open the question of double standards between Quods in Iraq and Pakistan's ISI in Afghanistan.
Later he said that bilateral talks with Iran just wouldn't work so he wouldn't try them. "If I thought we could achieve success I would sit down" with Iran, the president said. "But I don't think we could achieve success right now."
(I've a cross-refence between this bit and his claim that Democrats are being unfair by criticizing his surge before it has been tried.)
Double and even triple standards? You Betcha.
Cheney and Rove aren't going to be happy about that. But it left me wondering, honestly, whether without the influence of the neocon right and Fat Karl's machiavellianism Bush might have turned out to be a rather better president. Then again, without those he would never have gained the White House in the first place.