Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Straight From the Mouth of McClellan: Bush Iraq Propaganda

Everyone's commenting on the excerpts from McClellan's book, entitled What Happened. Few have read it, they admit.

MSNBC's host Mika B. sitting in for Joe Scarborough (blissfully for us he's absent, wish him well on birth of his baby, but hope the network let's him fade into the far distance), wondered when anyone would read it as the excerpts were pretty-much all that were necessary to get it... Mcclellan told it all.

Mike Barnacle pointed out the title should have had a question mark after What Happened? Obviously, Barnacle said, McClellan had questions at the time, but said nothing until now. got hold of a pre-in-store copy, and released an analysis, which was picked up by network anchors last night, and continuing into this morning.

Let's see now, ethics vs job security/Patriot Act... ethics vs missing-in-action... ethics vs family wondering where I'm vacationing for 4 years and counting...

McClellan's motives for keeping silent at the beginning of the Iraq War, and throughout, until this point in time are not difficult to discern. The man feared not for how he'd look professionally, but how he'd fare in a rendition country.

Net the Truth Online

Ex-press aide writes Bush misled U.S. on Iraq
McClellan says in new book that White House used propaganda to sell war

By Michael D. Shear

updated 12:57 a.m. ET, Wed., May. 28, 2008
Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan writes in a new memoir that the Iraq war was sold to the American people with a sophisticated "political propaganda campaign" led by President Bush and aimed at "manipulating sources of public opinion" and "downplaying the major reason for going to war."

McClellan includes the charges in a 341-page book, "What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception," that delivers a harsh look at the White House and the man he served for close to a decade...


Exclusive: McClellan whacks Bush, White House
By MIKE ALLEN | 5/27/08 6:18 PM EST
Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan writes in a surprisingly scathing memoir to be published next week that President Bush “veered terribly off course,” was not “open and forthright on Iraq,” and took a “permanent campaign approach” to governing at the expense of candor and competence.

Among the most explosive revelations in the 341-page book, titled “What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception” (Public Affairs, $27.95):

• McClellan charges that Bush relied on “propaganda” to sell the war.

• He says the White House press corps was too easy on the administration during the run-up to the war.

• He admits that some of his own assertions from the briefing room podium turned out to be “badly misguided.”

• The longtime Bush loyalist also suggests that two top aides held a secret West Wing meeting to get their story straight about the CIA leak case at a time when federal prosecutors were after them — and McClellan was continuing to defend them despite mounting evidence they had not given him all the facts.

• McClellan asserts that the aides — Karl Rove, the president’s senior adviser, and I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, the vice president’s chief of staff — “had at best misled” him about their role in the disclosure of former CIA operative Valerie Plame’s identity.

A few reporters were offered advance copies of the book, with the restriction that their stories not appear until Sunday, the day before the official publication date. Politico declined and purchased “What Happened” at a Washington bookstore.

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