Former White House Press Secretay Scott McClellan in his new book which wll appear this week, blasts his former boss as a man who relied on an aggressive “political propaganda campaign” instead of the truth in selling the Iraq war. He accuses the White House of making “a decision to turn away from candor when those qualities were most needed,” a time when the nation was on the brink of war. He says Bush deliberately managed the situation in order to get his way on proceeding with war with Iraq. The way he managed the situation says McClellan, “almost guaranteed that the use of force would become the only feasible option,” and he termed war with Iraq to be a “serious strategic blunder.”
He admitted his own words were “badly misguided” although at the time he thought to be speaking the truth. The former press secretary portrys his boss as smart, charming and politically skilled but unwilling to admit mistakes and susceptible to believing his own spin. He also faults Bush with a “lack of inquisitiveness.”
One can only wonder if those who cheered on the Bush war in Iraq now have some second thoughts after it is revealed they were duped.