The media and White House surrogates are atwitter about Scott McClellan’s new book with its revelations about the inner workings of our government (5/29, A-1, “Insider faults run-up to war”). Why didn’t McClellan speak up sooner? Why did he not speak louder, and why now? Keep in mind that McClellan’s job as press secretary was to present the administration’s point of view as favorably as possible. That he did. He was not there to critique the president or the administration.
Hundreds of others were in the same position: the Cabinet members who did not agree with many programs, the senior managers in the Pentagon and the hundreds of generals in the field witnessing the mess in Afghanistan and Iraq.
We need only look to Colin Powell, as competent a soldier who has worn the uniform, being a good soldier and going along with the program. Hindsight provides a clearer picture. The truth often hurts.
Robert W. Johnson
Why is Scott McClellan publishing a book that bashes the administration he represented as press secretary?
McClellan has said “I fell far short of living up to the kind of public servant I wanted to be.” Was he without morals, naive, misled or stupid?
Why, all of a sudden, does he feel the need to have a public confession? Is it the need to clear his conscience or the way to stab some enemies in the back? Might be a little of both, but I doubt it. After all, he could have resigned anytime.
I submit it is for money. Now that he has joined the Bush-bashers he will sell many more books. Nice way to make millions more.
Glad he is not one of my friends. What a man to trust. I find it hard to believe he has the public’s interest at heart.
John H. Brown Jr.