Democrats and their allies in the media are claiming that Scott McClellan’s new book confirms that the Bush administration deliberately lied about Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction (5/29, A-1, “Insider faults run-up to war”).
I think it’s important to keep this issue in its proper perspective. For more than a decade prior to the invasion of Iraq in 2003, there was a bipartisan, multi-administration and multinational consensus that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.
“The consensus was the same, from the Clinton administration to the Bush administration,” said Sen. Hillary Clinton in 2004. “It was the same intelligence belief that our allies and friends around the world shared.”
Political spin is an amazing thing. Does anyone really think that former White House secretary Scott McClellan’s memoir, What Happened, revealed something new?
The Bush administration has been spinning tales for many years now. The only thing this book does is corroborate, from an insider, what all of us “outsiders” believe to be true in the first place.
Susan F. Weiner
Only Bush loyalists are surprised by Scott McClellan’s charges of Bush’s mismanagement, blundering, and arrogance. While present Bush staffers and friends like Karl Rove — once known as “Bush’s Brain” — are feeling “sad” and “puzzled,” they’re not denying McClellan’s claims, such as the use of propaganda to sell this disastrous war.
Those who have never been Bush fans find Scott McClellan’s new conscience welcome but much too late.
Scott “Judas” McClellan should go to Iran and Iraq for a book signing and express his personal guilt and give his book money to the Iran University School of Journalism and Loyalty.
He could take Obama Airlines and fly over New York City and check out the skyline and see if any buildings are missing.
While over there, he could stop and check out the Marine barracks in Lebanon. I forgot, that is gone, too, plus more than 200 Marines.
David L Davis