PRESIDENT’S EX-SPOKESMAN FIRES AWAY ON IRAQ WAR, HIS FORMER BOSS
FITSNews – May 28, 2008 – We’ll be bringing you an interesting story later this week about a South Carolina connection to all of this, but for now the statements from former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan are worth examining on their own. In his new book, “What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception ,” McClellan reaffirms all the worst possible stereotypes about Bush – namely that he’s not particularly bright, not particularly engaged in running the country and pretty much a puppet for Vice President Dick Cheney.
Oh, and there’s also this little tidbit about the War in Iraq:
… in a chapter titled “Selling the War,” (McClellan) alleges that the administration repeatedly shaded the truth and that Bush “managed the crisis in a way that almost guaranteed that the use of force would become the only feasible option.”
“Over that summer of 2002,” he writes, “top Bush aides had outlined a strategy for carefully orchestrating the coming campaign to aggressively sell the war. . . . In the permanent campaign era, it was all about manipulating sources of public opinion to the president’s advantage.”
McClellan, once a staunch defender of the war from the podium, comes to a stark conclusion, writing, “What I do know is that war should only be waged when necessary, and the Iraq war was not necessary.”
Damn. The only way this book could more thoroughly kick George Bush in the balls would be if its cover featured a picture of McClellan actually kicking George Bush in the balls.
Anyway, like we said we’ll have an interesting local angle on this story coming up in the next couple of days, so stay tuned …