It is an unconvincing bit of salesmanship that betrays little perspective on himself, let alone the presence of core convictions.
This is salesmanship, and of the most ingeniously manipulative kind.
But it was WMD, of course, that was the principal tool in the administration's salesmanship of the war.
The modern system of salesmanship has become so much like persecution reduced to a science, that it is quite a luxury to be allowed the use of your own discretion, without being dragooned, by a shopkeeper's deputy, into looking at what you do not care to see, or buying what you would not have. A man in his sane mind, with the usual organs of speech, has a right to be treated as if he knows what he wants, and is able to ask for it. ["The Literary World," Feb. 26, 1853]