Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan admits in his new book that President Bush misled the American public on the war in Iraq (5/29, A-1, “Insider faults run-up to war; Explosive memoirs draw counterattack from colleagues who accuse him of disloyalty”). McClellan is not a politician, but rather an insider in the know.
This war has caused countless thousands of deaths of Iraqis, more than 4,000 deaths of U.S. soldiers, untold suffering and has cost the American public billions of dollars.
I cannot help but remember the fury and public outrage over former President Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky. The press went crazy over oral sex and yet remains nearly silent at proof that President Bush lied repeatedly and deceived the country.
Perhaps it is the fault of you and me, who react more to an affair than an illegal invasion of another country. And perhaps it is the fault of you and me, who think that our press is not manipulated by politics.
Christopher J. Varady
Scott McClellan’s revelations should surprise no one. Whether President Bush was led willingly or duped into invading Iraq will be debated by historians.
The real question is the objective of those who persuaded Bush to invade Iraq. What did these people want? Were American interests secondary to their objectives? Who and why are the real questions.