His instincts were to tell the truth.
UPDATE: Andrew Sullivan is correct. And it is indeed sad that telling the truth is considered a gaffe in the Bush/Cheney era.
Isn’t it just a touch troubling that AFTER Petraeus had time to collect his thoughts he tried to backtrack? David Petraeus meet Colin Powell (a once beloved General). Is that Taps I hear playing over the grave of our great Constitution?