Wednesday, May 28, 2008

How Bush Sold Us the War in Iraq

If you don't read political non-fiction, I would suggest adding former White House press secretary Scott McClellan's new memoir. He writes:

"...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."

Who did not see this coming? The 341 page book, What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception gives an extreme look at President Bush's White House, but stops short of saying that Bush purposely lied about his reasons for invading Iraq. He writes:

"Over that summer of 2002, top Bush aides had outlined a strategy for carefully orchestrating the coming campaign to aggressively sell the war ... In the permanent campaign era, it was all about manipulating soureces of public opinion to the president's advantage."

But he doesn't just go after Bush, McClellan also tosses blame for the Hurricane Katrina disaster on Carl Rove, and the Varerie Plame fiasco on Vice-President Cheney and Scooter Libby. McClellan's book goes so far as to call the atmosphere in Washington D.C. as "poisonous." Again, who didn't see that coming?

Does President Bush think the citizens of America are stupid? He must think so because he keeps getting away with his dictatorship, trying to disguise it as democracy. Why hasn't Congress moved for impeachment? If President Clinton can be impeached for lying to a grand jury, then Bush should be impeached for lying to the American public.

Most people know the real reason we are in Iraq - oil and revenge for the past President Bush. Our current President had a hidden adjenda when taking office and that adjenda was bringing down Iraq - plain and simple. Now that we are in this mess, how do we get out? Hopefully the next President of the Free World will have the adjenda of the American people on his mind, not a personal adjenda that has destroyed our nation.

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