Bush's 'Culture of Deception:' McClellan: The Swamp
 
The Swamp
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The book of the former press secretary accuses the White House of intentionally misleading the public in pursuit of an elusive goal: Peace in the Middle East.. It even accuses Bush of misleading himself.

Posted May 28, 2008 8:30 AM

The Swamp

by Mark Silva

Scott McClellan, one of the Texans who came to Washington with President George W. Bush, spent a long time defending the administration but now has concluded this his longtime employer misled the nation into an unneeded war in Iraq.

"History appears poised to confirm what most Americans today have decided -- that the decision to invade Iraq was a serious strategic blunder," Scott McClellan, the former White House press secretary, writes in his book, What Happened, which will be released on Monday. Subtitle: Washington's Culture of Deception.

"No one, including me, can know with absolute certainty how the war will be viewed decades from now when we can more fully understand its impact,'' he writes in the preface of the book. "What I do know is that war should only be waged when necessary, and the Iraq war was not necessary.''

This from a son of Austin who served Bush as governor of Texas, campaigned with him through two elections and served as press secretary into the second term.

Ken Herman, another Texan who came to Washington with this crew as a correspondent for the Austin newspaper, notes that McClellan becomes "the first longtime Bush aide to put such harsh criticism between hard covers,'' with Herman calling the tome " an extraordinarily critical book that questions Bush's intellectual curiosity, his candor in leading the nation to war, his pattern of self-deception and the quality of his advisers.

"As a Texas loyalist who followed Bush to Washington with great hope and personal affection and as a proud member of his administration, I was all too ready to give him and his highly experienced foreign policy advisers the benefit of the doubt on Iraq," McClellan writes. "Unfortunately, subsequent events have showed that our willingness to trust the judgment of Bush and his team was misplaced."

McClellan had started as a deputy in the governor's press office in 1999, and served Bush until 2006, when he was forced out as White House press secretary during a second-term purge that ultimately ushered out all of the president's Texan hands - including ex-White House Counsel Harriet Miers, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, chief political adviser Karl Rove and presidential counselor Dan Bartlett. Communications chief Karen Hughes already had left.

The "Culture of Deception'' subtitle could not be more ironic for an author who once stood, day after day, at the podium of the press briefing room in the West Wing defending the administration's every move. But it was the president himself, McClellan writes in this revealing book, who had a penchant for self-deception.


For all the White House protests of critics who complain that Bush does not seek widespread counsel and critique in his decision-making, this former White House hand says that's precisely the problem.

"President Bush has always been an instinctive leader more than an intellectual leader,'' McClellan writes. "He is not one to delve into all the possible policy options -- including sitting around engaging in extended debate about them -- before making a choice. Rather, he chooses based on his gut and his most deeply held convictions. Such was the case with Iraq."

"Bush is plenty smart enough to be president," he concludes. "But as I've noted his leadership style is based more on instinct than deep intellectual debate."

In an interview with Herman, now White House correspondent for Cox News, McClellan maintained that he still holds great admiration and respect for Bush.

"My job was to advocate and defend his policies and speak on his behalf," he said in the interview reported by Cox. "This is an opportunity for me now to share my own views and perspective on things. There were things we did right and things we did wrong. Unfortunately, much of what went wrong overshadowed the good things we did."

The Bush administration fell into the "permanent campaign" mode that can cripple a White House and has tainted much of Washington, McClellan maintains.

McClellan traces Bush's own penchant for self-deception back to an overheard incident on the campaign trail in 1999 when the then-governor was dogged by reports of possible cocaine use in his younger days. The book recounts an evening in a hotel suite "somewhere in the Midwest." Bush was on the phone with a supporter and motioned for McClellan to have a seat.

"'The media won't let go of these ridiculous cocaine rumors,' I heard Bush say,'' McClellan writes, recounting these words: 'You know, the truth is I honestly don't remember whether I tried it or not. We had some pretty wild parties back in the day, and I just don't remember.'"

"I remember thinking to myself, How can that be?" McClellan writes. "How can someone simply not remember whether or not they used an illegal substance like cocaine? It didn't make a lot of sense."

Bush, according to McClellan, "isn't the kind of person to flat-out lie."

"So I think he meant what he said in that conversation about cocaine. It's the first time when I felt I was witnessing Bush convincing himself to believe something that probably was not true, and that, deep down, he knew was not true," McClellan writes. "And his reason for doing so is fairly obvious -- political convenience."

In the book - subtitled Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception - McClellan writes that Bush's top advisers, including Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, "played right into his thinking, doing little to question it or cause him to pause long enough to fully consider the consequences before moving forward.

"Contradictory intelligence was largely ignored or simply disregarded," he writes.

McClellan calls Vice President Dick Cheney "the magic man" mysteriously directing outcomes in "every policy area he cared about, from the invasion of Iraq to expansion of presidential power to the treatment of detainees and the use of surveillance against terror suspects." McClellan adds: "Cheney always seemed to get his way.''

In Iraq, McClellan adds that Bush saw "his opportunity to create a legacy of greatness'' -- something which Bush views as only obtainable by wartime presidents.

The president's real motivation for the war, he says, was to transform the Middle East to ensure an enduring peace in the region. But the White House effort to sell the war as necessary due to the stated threat posed by former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was necessary because "Bush and his advisers knew that the American people would almost certainly not support a war launched primarily for the ambitions purpose of transforming the Middle East.

"Rather than open this Pandora's Box, the administration chose a different path -- not employing out-and-out deception, but shading the truth," he writes of the effort to convince the world that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction.

"President Bush managed the crisis in a way that almost guaranteed that the use of force would become the only feasible option," McClellan concludes, noting, "The lack of candor underlying the campaign for war would severely undermine the president's entire second term in office."

Bush's national security advisers failed to "help him fully understand the tinderbox he was opening," McClellan recalls.

"I know the president pretty well,'' McClellan writes in a personal note. "I believe that, if he had been given a crystal ball in which he could have foreseen the costs of war -- more than 4,000 American troops killed, 30,000 injured and tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis dead -- he would never have made the decision to invade, despite what he might say or feel he has to say publicly today.''

Which raises an obvious question about the scenario that Bush fondly predicted when he bade farewell to his press secretary two years ago at the podium of the press briefing room:

"One of these days," Bush told reporters, with McClellan at his side, "he and I are going to be rocking on chairs in Texas, talking about the good old days and his time as the press secretary. And I can assure you, I will feel the same way then that I feel now, that I can say to Scott, 'Job well done.'"

Cox Newspapers' Ken Herman provided the basis of this report.

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I wonder when Dana Perino's book will be coming out and how different it'll be from Scott M's?


Trying to get your 'soul' back, Scotty?
Too late; Mephisto is down in Hell batting it around like a kitty with a half dead rat.


This is news? Gosh, too bad ol' Scot couldn't have said something when it mattered, as in five years ago. He should contribute every dime to charity and personally deliver checks to the families of those that died in this debacle.


you mean gwb is a liar? how surprising. mr. powell, your publisher is on line 1.


Scott McClellan may not be real smart, but he (or his publisher) is smart enough to know how to promote his book.

So they send out a press release highlighting some digs at President Bush, knowing that the media will give a million dollars in free publicity for such digs.

It helps sell books.

Reminds me of Doug Feith's recent book. Feith was an administration member also, and he wrote a book about Iraq war planning. The publishers sent out the same kind of anti-Bush press release, and the media gave it the same million-dollar publicity. Then the actual book came out. And the book was far more balanced.

Naturally, the media has never mentioned Feith's book again. The Trib, for example, hasn't reviewed it in its book review section.

Lesson for the day: if you're an author wanting to sell a book or a movie, slam conservatives. The drive-by media will lap up anything you say.


Better late than never, but how can McClellan continue to respect W when he knows he continues to lie? He knows W regrets the war "despite what he might say or feel he has to say today.." W does not have the courage to admit he was wrong; everybody makes mistakes, it's how you deal with those mistakes that demonstrates your character, and Bush continues to demonstrate his.


Bush's character: a lying, deceitful moron. I don't care what McClellan says or believes, his ex-boss doesn't have the sense the gods gave a woodchuck and his purpose in getting into Iraq was single-minded and obsessive. Anyone could have seen it coming; he mentioned it in the 2000 campaign. It's well-known that he did everything in his power to tie 9/11 to Iraq when anyone with a clear eye and an open mind knows good and well Saddam had nothing to do with Al-Qaeda. However, if this laves McClellan's guilty conscience, then more power to him, I say. As long as someone connected to the Bush Administration bothers to tell us truth (or some semblance of it), better late than never.


This is only the tip of the iceberg. Just wait until the rest have the feeling that they need to clean their soul. You ain't seen nothin yet! THis administration will be known as the most evil, corrupt, self serving, dictatorships of all times. They have so much blood on their hands, it will never wash off.


So if a murderer pleads not guilty and provides completely false testimony supporting his innocence on the witness stand then I guess he "isn't the kind of person to flat-out lie" as long as he is able to tell Scott that he just doesn't remember what happened. This book is an attempt by an accomplice of a mass murderer to make more money off of the blood of others. I won't waste a dime on this book and I will not read another article that promotes it.


Well, you can't have it both ways. McClellan book is an interesting comment on American politics, including the machines that run this current campaign. His comment is not exclusive to Republicans, but to the entire system.

As the Democrats campaign that the US economy is in the tank, as Obama states "we are in a recession, maybe a depression", and the entire party runs to one member of the press, or that member of the press with their gloomy, Malthusian invoked ideology, and their economics straight out of Noam Chomsky's socialist mouth, they are the wedge in our economy that is most disturbing. As a party, they are pushing this nation toward economic downtown, as equally guilty as OPEC. The press, eager for titillating news (they have forgone their ability to write objectively and favor the lazy form of one source journalism with finger polling) that will increase their audience latch on to the Democratic cry with glee and little researching. They are the masters of marketing, you know, and care little about the details. As one journalist told me recently, “details don’t sell”.

Our economy is based on market and belief. In the days following 9-11, that belief in American know-how did not collapse. Through a propaganda war from the White House regarding Iraq, our economy did not tumble.

But come the gas prices, the housing slump, and the Democratic leadership of the war in Iraq as a wedge issue, the Democrats have leaped on the economy with one word - Recession! And as true marketing agents, rather than stump politicians, they have set their brand that the economy is in the tank, and like Carl Rove's manual, they set the message, drive, drive, drive the message and refuse to sink to the details.

And one half of the voters swallow it. This is a frightening movement, as it destroys belief in our monetary system and our viability. In short, the Democrats are using the economy and forcing the issue upon the people, using it as a tactic of fear, the politics of fear. By doing so they are destroying consumer and commercial confidence and driving this economy further into the dark and gloom of what Neo Liberals believe to be a Malthus ridden concept of overpopulation, starvation, and disease. Soon, the Democrats will be posting signs that "Your House is Next to be Foreclosed", how threatening and abusive that type of campaign ideology is, and terribly untrue. Already the CBC is issuing a whispered message that "banks are failing". What next? America is starving?

Ted Kennedy and the Congressional Black Caucus believe in the theories of Noam Chomsky, a demand side (not supply and demand) socio-economic theorist. Chomsky’s cure for economic ills is if the people demand it, give it to them. This is as laughable as Laffer’s Curve or supply side economics of the early 1980s.

Are the Democrats wrong? Indeed they are. Globally, the world economy is thriving and healthy. Months before the primary season, even with the housing downturn and energy spike, our economy was healthy but in need of correction. Correction does not mean FDR NEW DEAL, which was good for the 1930s, but not good for the 2008s.

Frankly, the Neo-Liberals (Kennedy, Dean, Axelrod, Obama, Sharpton, Durbin, Daily, Bradley, etc) Democrats can't seem to clean up their own house. Rather they are dividing their own house and using fear as a wedge to pull people from one side to another. The party itself is divided, the CBC taking control. What this nation doesn't need is a party that is divided at the helm, and a Malthus driven President in the White House.

Indeed, the Democrats are pushing this economy further into the hole and refusing to be responsible.

When politicians are set on such a path to use marketing techniques to highlight the US economy (I shudder to even think of that – even Rove didn’t go that far), when in effect they are part of the problem, is when we should listen more to the FED Reserve (which some Neo Liberals and Neo Conservatives say should be abolished) than the marketing campaigns of politicians, let alone Democrats.

Americans should listen less to the Democrats and their Malthusian rants. Otherwise, if they believe the slogans and spins, this nation's economy will stumble more due to political influence than financial indexes.

In order to curb OPEC prices here in the US, there should be a return to higher interest rates and a stronger dollar. At the same time, there is a trend here in the US currently that is coinciding with OPEC high prices that is reflecting conservation of energy. Americans are being forced to be more conservative with their energy use. Is that a bad thing as the Democrats would like Americans to believe? I don’t think so. It is time Americans learn to live a bit more on the thrifty side. The rest of the world does.


crap!!! disgruntled employee, made himself some not-so-good friends in the bush white house, so he thinks about a career for himself so the media will crown him one day a "presidential-historian". personally i think he was rewarded the job of press secretery not on merit just because he was a texan, and he wasn't very effective on making the case on whatever issue. his dry voice, and somewhat-kevin-spacy-like tone wasnt very helpfull either in times when the president needed a big help in articulating his agende to the press corps so he blames bush on that-- not to bash him. but i think we can safely say, his book is no de-facto history writer


Good comments above!
Yes, McClellan could have done a lot good if had the balls to say that when he was employed. Our country is f'd until people with power have the guts to stand up and say enough is enough.
McCain said yesterday "I will never surrender in Iraq". WTF does that even mean? Who would you be surrendering too? A few of scavenging rebels with little guns and a some miniscule explosives. Give us a break.
OBAMA '08
Return truth a dignity to this great country!


Yet another "tell-all" from people who should have told when it would have done some good.

I'll read it when the Public Library has a copy so I don't give a nickel to this cowardly hack.


"Bush is plenty smart enough to be president," he concludes. "But as I've noted his leadership style is based more on instinct than deep intellectual debate."


I am afraid that anyone writing that has rendered his book not worth reading.


Eight years of horrible experience have proved beyond question Bush has a low effective intelligence, much too low to bear such responsibilities and make such decisions.


And as for the other stuff summarized, is there a thinking person on the planet who isn't keenly aware of them?


Bush is an unqualified disaster, both in foreign policy and in domestic affairs.


He leaves such a disasterous mess, I am amazed anyone wants the office to deal with it.


What say you, we elect someone whoes primary purpose in life isn't to create a legacy by blowing up the world and killing tens of thousands of innocent people for ego alone. McCain? I think not.


If McClellan's book does provide a good look at the thought process in the Bush administration, then he will have done his nation a service. It's important for our democracy to sift thru the ashes and correct the record. This war, like Vietnam before it, will matter for a long time to come. We need to draw appropriate lessons and not just for the next few elections. In the aftermath of Iraq we can gain some perspective on the proper role of American military power and its limits. It may be that a too-easy recourse to might, which reduces the need for persuasion, may be inextricably intertwined with a "culture of deception." As citizens of a democracy we have a duty insist on better safeguards against misuse of the most capable and lethal military on earth.


He says he still respects Mr Bush because if he truly was against Bush he'd never work again. That's the real danger of the Bush administration. Go against them and you're ruined.

The media does it, because everyone knows the media is just out for a quick jab - but no more truthful than Bush - so no one pays any attention to them.


Did everyone hear Rove do damage control this morning? Hi-larious. Too bad that the only people this will be news to are the ones that stubbornly have their blinders on. And they won't listen anyway. I hope the book sells.


Comment above by a "Bruce" amazes me! It amazes me that some people can be so thick-deaded as to defend someone in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Bush has had more senior staff, including generals, resign and turn around and criticise his administration than any other president in history. Credible folks like Richard Clarke, Colin Powell, many the senior Iraq-based generals, ambassadors etc. and now here's one more! But some people, like Bruce, stubbornly cling to their heros. Go figure!
Guess that's why Bush got elected the second time. (a testamont to the "dumbing down" of our people in USA) Well Bruce go back and watch Fox Sports and every so often tune into Bill O'Reilley to continue to get "informed" so you can continue to be the rational thinker you are.


I think Scott is the one in denial. He believed that Bush was not intentionally lying when he said he didn't remember using cocaine. Had Scott gone with his instinct that it didn't make sense that someone could forget such a thing, maybe he would have gone to Washington truly knowing Bush's character. He's always been a LIAR.


Bush's national security advisers failed to "help him fully understand the tinderbox he was opening," McClellan recalls.


I well recall the moment 'Shock and Awe' commenced operation. In my gut it felt like a mistake.


The WMD argument seemed insufficient to justify bringing such wrath on Iraqi citizens. The operation's name itself was repellent and hubristic. Other means of containing Saddam were still possible.


Colin Powell's dictum 'you break it you own it' seemed more relevant than hazy notions of 'bringing democracy to the Middle East'.


It all seemed impulsive and ill-thought. That turned out to be exactly right.


I don't have an advanced degree in global policy, I wasn't privy to the many billions of dollars worth of intelligence available to the Pres and his advisors. All I had was 'gut instinct.'


We let Bush off the hook by claiming his advisors let him down. The Decider's gut instinct wasn't operative in this case. His ambition to make a name for himself in history was.


So much damage in these last years; too bad McC's conscience didn't bother him enough while he banked his paycheck!!!!


Bruce,
You have to be kidding. Your idea that slamming conservatives is what someone does to get media attention suggests that you've been imbibing in too much conservative crack. Slamming conservatives like.....Hillary Clinton? Barak Obama? Bill Clinton? Please. Ann Coulter gets ALL of her books reviewed by slamming conservatives. Yeah, right.
To sell books, especially insider books, you slam somebody important or somebody famous....Fawning books tend not to sell that well...Books that skewer John Q. Nobody from Smallville, Nebraska only sell well in Smallville, Nebraska. Be very clear - George Bush get slammed in this book promo not because he's a conservative, but because he's the president.
Doug Feith's book was more balanced? I doubt it. How about an attempt at self-justification. Feith was one of those who planned the war, omitting any consideration for what would happen after the tanks rolled into Baghdad. Doug Feith was one of those who lied to the Congress and the American people about the immediate threat posed by Saddam Hussein and his weapons of mass destruction. Doug Feith couldn't be "balanced" if he was standing on a 2 foot wide bridge over a pit full of alligators.
In my opinion, Scott McClellan gives George W. Bush too much credit by suggesting that he would not have invaded if he had known the cost. I think that if someone had told him the cost, he wouldn't have listened, just like he hasn't listened to everything else he hasn't wanted to hear. Scott McClellan says he admires George W. Bush. That makes him a member of a shrinking minority of people. And not just in the U.S. In the world.


Don't you all get it? You people DESERVE what Bush and his lapdogs like McClellan are doing to you. You begged for this and are still begging for more. Just wait - the best is yet to come!


So no one at the Tribune's actually READ the book; you merely ripped off content from another newspaper chain and slapped your label on it to trick readers into thinking you did some actual work? Nice. That's some real integrity. How proud you must be.


Don't you all get it? You people DESERVE what Bush and his lapdogs like McClellan are doing to you. You begged for this and are still begging for more. Just wait - the best is yet to come!


Are we shocked to find these things out?

My only regret is that this didn't come out in late October when it really would have counted against McBush.


McClellan at least had the integrity to come forth and admit what most Americans already knew about Bush & his GOP. I'm not surprised at all to hear about this Bush, Cheney & GOP corruption that has screwed over this nation for the last 7 years. Also...it will come as no surprise that the White Houses only respose to the book will be to take cheap shots and accuse McClellan of being disgruntled or disingenuous. Since they have no moral compass or integrity to stand on...and since the record of Republican corruption and treachury against the USA these last 7 years speaks for itself...they really do not have a leg to stand on in their defense against the content in McClellan's book.


I am not at all surprised at the contents of this book...but so very saddened that a president can dupe a nation. I remember fighting with everyone I talked to because I was vehemently opposed to starting this war. Unfortunately, I see similarities to Bush in Clinton and McCain in not being able to admit mistakes. May God help us get out of Iraq!!


BRUCE,
Feith's book flopped because COMEDIAN John Stewart completely shredded Feith's credibility when he appeared on the Daily Show.


Funny how all these people are saying all these things about Scott McClellan's book--when the book hasn't yet come out.

Citing a book as "proof" of something when they've neither read, nor even seen, the book. That's the intellectual level of the extreme left.


Scotty was in on Bush's deceptions. He knew he was pushing lies every time he got up at the podium to speak. And now he'd like us all to praise him for coming clean, and BTW buy his book and make him some money? It's a few years too late for forgiveness, Scotty.


For those of us who vehemently protested the war before it began, these revelations are affirming of what we were saying all along -- but it's all too obvious and, sadly, all too late.


Bruce:

We're responding to excerpts from the book as provided in the article. Further, we're responding to all we know of Bush's administration independent of McClellan's book.


What does that have to do with being either left or right of the issues?


Bush's culture of deception? Please say it ain't so. I always thought he was a common criminal but I guess I was wrong. By the way, when you republican apologists fill up your gas tank does it ever occur to you that the Bush family just keeps getting richer. This guy sold the country out to big oil. By the way where were those 911 highjackers from again? McCain is four more years of Bush. We can't afford it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GPzIrxZ0QA&feature=related


While I am not a Bush supporter I do wonder if McClellan is just trying to make a quick dollar.

The press secretary is just the public relations directory of the white house. They don't want to know the details, just the main facts. If they knew too much they could say the wrong thing to the press. They are kept mostly in the dark. I highly doubt McClellan was included in meetings with Mr. Cheney, Ms. Rice, and Mr. Bush!

I think McClellan is writing this book to make a name for himself and to get a lot of money. I bet he knows about the same info as any big city reporter.


Bruce,


Hey you're in deep, man. The media is driven by slamming conservatives??? HAHAHAHA!!!!


Grow up...the media is ruled by CONTROVERSY. It doesn't matter whose. Its neither liberal nor conservative...its drawing listeners/viewers/readers. Hence, profits. It really is that simple.


For those of us who vehemently protested the war before it began, these revelations affirm what we were saying all along -- but it's all too obvious and, sadly, all too late.


Writing a tell all book is the easy part! Now let's see if he has any courage to back up these accusations on the interview circuit. If anyone has some explaining to do....it's McClellan!!!! First question....how much money did you get paid for these lies?


Although it is hard to comment and review a book without actually reading the entire work, the excerpts just released do not paint President Bush and some of his close advisers in good light. Bush the Elder knew the major problems that the United States would have if we had invaded Iraq during the First Gulf War. Unfortunately Bush the Younger did not listen to his father. The most troubling thing about the invasion of Iraq is that we went to war on faulty intelligence and Bush and his advisers did not sit down a discuss all options open to them. The Middle East and the World is a better place without Saddam Hussein, but at what cost. How history will view the war in Iraq decades from now nobody really knows. But what America has not learned from Vietnam and now Iraq is that you cannot get involved in a local conflict without an exist strategy. But as a historian I would like to read the entire book and not cherry picked passages before making a final conclusion.


Gordo is right, close to a majority of people voted for this guy... a second time. The first time I can understand, Clinton (Bill) was being continually blasted for the Monica thing, Gore was distancing himself from one of the best administrations in modern history, and the biggest issue seemed to be everyone's fear of two homosexuals getting married. But the second time around? I just don't get it. I guess we were at war (under false pretenses) and shaking things up is just something people didn't want to do.

One thing I'd like to see is the next time the Senate and the House start grilling these Oil Executives is to have them respond with "well if you didn't overwhellmingly vote to start this war, maybe oil wouldn't be $130/barrel."


This is ALL absolutely SHAMEFUL and NIXONIAN!


The Whitehouse is puzzled??? McClellan at least had the integrity to come forth and admit what most Americans already knew about Bush & his GOP. I'm not surprised at all to hear about this Bush, Cheney , Rove & GOP corruption that has screwed over this nation for the last 7 years. Also...it will come as no surprise that the White Houses only response to the book will be to take cheap shots that accuse McClellan of being disgruntled or disingenuous. Since they have no moral compass or integrity to stand on...and since the record of Republican corruption and treachery against the USA these last 7 years speaks for itself...they really do not have a leg to stand on in their defense against the content in McClellan's book. If Dana Perino and others loyal only to the Bush Crime Family and the Republican Party had any sense, they would simply keep their mouths shut and quit accusing McClellan of being a disgruntled person. The more you complain about McClellan’s book, the more obvious you make your own sins against the USA.


Too little, too late. Had you opened your mouth sooner maybe, just maybe, you could have save a few hundred lives and billions of dollars. I will NOT buy your book and encourage others to boycott it as well.


"The drive-by media will lap up anything you say."

...says the guy who wrote an oft-used Rush Limbaugh phrase. Way to be credible, guy.


You, that's it Joe. McClellan's book is all lies. Bush is really a clean white prince, who just had a problem or two...tighten up the blinders and wrap yourself in the flag, Bush will be on the tube soon and you can stand there saluting him. I still maintain that this is only the beginning. My only hope is that someday Bush and Cheney will be held responsible for the mess they have put this world in. Thanks for finally coming out Scott. Yea, it's too bad it wasn't earlier so that they could be brought to trial, but at least it's finally coming out, what we all knew years ago. These truely are very evil men with gallons of blood on their hands.


Scotty is a little late to the retroactively-scraping-the-dog-poop-off-your-shoes-party. He walked around in it for how many years before he started to smell something?

Sorry. When you make a free choice to serve as the mouthpiece for utter falsity which has mortal consequences for hundreds of thousands of people, most of them innocent non-combatants, you don't waltz away with a, "gee, I'm so disappointed in all those other folks" memoir.

Highly placed, rock-ribbed, life-long Republicans were bailing on this administration and writing books almost from the beginning, they were so dismayed at the ineptitude, and arrogant, smirking dishonesty they found there.

As with Bush himself, there are really only two possible explanations for the long years of advocating these policies: either you're mentally feeble, or you're morally bankrupt.

So man up, pick one, then sign over all your royalties to Doctors Without Borders and go away.


God Bless Scott McClellan.

This is what PATRIOTISM looks like - truth, honesty, courage....

Thank you Scott,

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Right on the money Mark. Excellent suggestion for the profits (if he really want to clean his soul vs. make himself a boatload of money). It will never happen though, he'll pocket it, then vanish into obscurity. I love the damage control Rove and Dana are already putting on this. Rove's "he's not the Scott McClellan I knew" or Dana Perino's " he is just a disgruntled ex-employee". Too bad Karl and Dana, those comments are not going to make this go away. We're done trusing anything you say. In fact most of us read between the lines of your manipulative rhetoric and believe actually the opposite. These really are very evil and corrupt men that are rotten to the core. So many innocent people's blood on their hands, for what? To stop terrorism? If anything they have created way more than what they tried to stop. Total inept, knee-jerk texan reaction to all that he had to deal with. No real thought or intelligence only gnawing on a piece of straw and playing the "tough guy". Really did us well. Most of us can't be anymore ashamed for the pathetic administration that came close to ruining our country.


More "surprises" from the so-called Christian President.

This clown is the master of deception, he's played everyone for the fool- including his own supporters.


I doubt very much if Scott even wrote this book!! I'm sure he teamed up with some "lefty" to make sure the media picked up on all the lies. Way to go Scott....Benedict Arnold would be proud!!! I want to hear it from your own mouth Scott...start doing interviews and explain your foolish book!!!


Where's the apology? Shouldn't he be sorry for what he's done? Thousands of people DIED and continue to DIE because of what is done in the name of the current administration. Can't at least one of them apologize?


100,000's being wrongfully killed, billions being wrongfully spent - Hush hush!

Book ready for publishing - Yappity yap on every media outlet!

Glad the truth is finally coming out, but what a shameful seven years of silence. All in the name of making a buck. May this chump McClellan never have a restful sleep.


I doubt very much if Scott even wrote this book!! I'm sure he teamed up with some "lefty" to make sure the media picked up on all the lies. Way to go Scott....Benedict Arnold would be proud!!! I want to hear it from your own mouth Scott...start doing interviews and explain your foolish book!!!

Posted by: joe | May 28, 2008 1:16 PM

What kind've a moronic challenge is that? There will be a book tour, Joe. LOL. You will get plenty of opportunities to hear Scott McClellan trashing the White House. I'm sure you'll claim it's not Scott McClellan, but a lefty look-alike.

But, eh? What you gonna do with the crazies?


I can't believe there are still Rebublicans in this country who haven't realized they were duped by George W and the higher ranking members of the GOP. And to you "Scotty", too little too late! Maybe you can make a plea deal when they bring George W and all of his enablers to world court for crimes against humanity.


"BUSH SPEAKS"

THIS IS WHY THEY CALL ME BIG POPPY, JUST THROW YOUR HANDS IN THE AIR AND WAVE THEM LIKE YOU JUST DON'T CARE "DANA"
BECAUSE THIS IS WHY THEY CALL ME BIG POPPY!

The american people need to wake up and smell the death of the soldiers dying every second because SCOTT KNEW TOO!

The American People need to wake up and recognize CHENEY KEMPF, because he KNEW TOO!

The American People need to wake up and recongize CONDI KEMPF, because SHE KNEW TOO!
The American People need to wake up and recognize the CHERTOFF KEMPF and BUSH'S "qwest" TO CONSOLIDATE ALL BRANCHES OFTHE GOVERNMENT UNTO HIM!
The American People need to wake up recognize, KARL ROVE COMMITTED PERJURY, WHEN HE 'TESTIFIED" UNCONDITIONALLY, AND VOLUNTARILY.
The American People need to wake up and recognize IMPEACHMENT WHEN THE CONSTITUTION DEMANDS NOTHING LESS!
'THAT CONSTITUTIONAL POLICY HASN'T CHANGED!

"LONG LIVE NANCY PELOSI"


What's amazing after all this time is that so many still feel this war was justified. Even in my most charitable moments, I cannot forgive Bush for doing the damage he has done to Iraq, the countries around it, and to the United States. Anytime you do something based on false premises that causes hundreds of thousands of people to be killed or wounded, a country destroyed, and perhaps millions of people displaced, you must be called to judgment. Sorrowfully, history will be the only judgment for Bush and his advisors well after they have gone.


On Iraq, Bush said the same thing as Bill Clinton, Al Gore, British Intelligence, Rockefeller of the intelligence Committee, Hillary, Albright, Berger etc but somehow Bush lied or mislead. There were 16 violate UN resolutions, Congress voted over 60% for the Iraq action. The public was overwhelmingly for the action in 2003 but somehow Bush lied. It is the media that spreads propaganda.

On Katrina, Bush asked Nagin to evacuate on Saturday. Nagin chose not to. He chose not to stock the shelters. Blanco delayed calling in the guard. On Monday the storm hit but most thought the storm turned and New Orleans had dodged the bullet. On Tuesday, the damage was know. It was one of the worst storms in history. Within 72 hours (3 days) the town was essentially evacuated by the military. it was an amazing response. There were obviously mistakes but the 500,000 person town was evacuated in 3 days without much help from the state or the mayor. Yet now, McClellan says the Bush Admin was in denial and inactive for a few days. The town was completely evacuated in three days, how is that denial or inaction? Again, it is the media and McClellan that is spreading the propaganda.

On the CIA leak. Valerie Plame lied about her involvement in sending her husband to Niger. In January, Joe Wilson reported that indeed Iraq tried to get Uranium from Niger. Six months later he wrote an Op ed saying they didn't. Of course the media didn't give a darn about his first report only his fictional op ed. There was no underlying crime because Plame was not a CIA operative by definition. The media and Fitzgerald knew there was no crime because they didn't go after Richard Armitage, the actual leaker. But after all he was anti war so he was OK. Wilson, Plame and the media have lied about the issue ever since. Roves involvement seems to be that Novak said he heard Plame worked at the CIA and Rove said so you heard that too. Boy that was a conspiracy. And the Bush Admin did not send the minions out to trash Fitzgerald like the Clintons did with Starr.

McClellan basically knew he would get attention if he went negative while Bush was still in office and the media are willing accomplices because it fits their agenda.


If McClellan were just trying to make a quick buck, he would write about something juicy that the great unwashed really want to read: sex, substance abuse, articulated bigotry. (Seems we'll just have to wait for those books. )Instead, he is facing his maker as we all are, and has to tell this tired old story that every thinking person with any B.S. radar has known for over half a decade.


Funny how all these people are saying all these things about Scott McClellan's book--when the book hasn't yet come out.

Citing a book as "proof" of something when they've neither read, nor even seen, the book. That's the intellectual level of the extreme left.


Posted by: Bruce | May 28, 2008 11:12 AM

Bruce the GOP crybaby is wrong again. The book is already out in beltway bookstores. Do your homework first next time.


...this is a failed presidency, and its just a waiting game now until the Obama inauguration next year.


JH1: I DISTINCTLY remember seeing people ALL WEEK LONG begging for food, water, and medical supplies!!! (NOLA) Bush CAN'T get out of THIS ONE, just like he can't get away from the fact that we INVADED IRAQ...probably because he felt so INEPT at catching Bin Laden!!! So to vent his frustration, he decided to sidetrack and go into Iraq!!! Those of us who aren't TOTALLY BLIND can SEE what went on!!! Fool yourself ALL YOU WANT...it doesn't change THE FACTS!!!!


Bush's culture of criminal behavior. Can there be any doubt that this man is the worst president ever?


People are asking the question, why Scott McClellan wrote the book? For me, I don't care to know why Scott told the truth in his book; I just want to read the facts REVEALED in in it to know "what happened" to the George Bush I voted for in 2000!


McClellan's book is just additional evidence of the Bush administration's
determination to hold truth hostage, and to remove honesty from honor as they played the fears of Americans. FDR said the "only thing we have to fear is fear itself" . The Bush administration and those who support him (McCain included) push the politics of fear. We should not fear these mongers. We must move on with Faith and Works.


Lesson for the day: if you're an author wanting to sell a book or a movie, slam conservatives----YOUR SLAMS ARE
HIGHLY LIKELY TO BE *LEGITIMATE
PROBLEMS* CAUSED BY THOSE VERY SAME CONSERVATIVES.

As a result, your book will be rightfully seen as accurate and timely.

Why do Conservatives hate America so much?


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