It can surprise only those who haven’t yet figured out that McBushies thrive on lies.
Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan writes in a surprisingly scathing memoir to be published next week that President Bush â€œveered terribly off course,â€ was not â€œopen and forthright on Iraq,â€ and took a â€œpermanent campaign approachâ€ to governing at the expense of candor and competence.
Among the most explosive revelations in the 341-page book, titled â€œWhat Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washingtonâ€™s Culture of Deceptionâ€ (Public Affairs, $27.95):
- â€¢ McClellan charges that Bush relied on â€œpropagandaâ€ to sell the war.
- â€¢ He says the White House press corps was too easy on the administration during the run-up to the war.
- â€¢ He admits that some of his own assertions from the briefing room podium turned out to be â€œbadly misguided.â€
- â€¢ 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 â€” and McClellan was continuing to defend them despite mounting evidence they had not given him all the facts.
- â€¢ McClellan asserts that the aides â€” Karl Rove, the presidentâ€™s senior adviser, and I. Lewis â€œScooterâ€ Libby, the vice presidentâ€™s chief of staff â€” â€œhad at best misledâ€ him about their role in the disclosure of former CIA operative Valerie Plameâ€™s identity.
Via John Cole.