Scott McClellan Admits Bush Was Not Open on Iraq

Nancy Pelosi might have taken impeachment off the table, but there is hope that Bush might spend his later years in his cell reading unfavorable exposes of his administration. Last November there were hints that Scott McClellan’s memoirs would not be very flattering to the Bush administration. With the book now ready for release on Sunday, Mike Allen reports that the former White House press secretary had many unfavorable things to write:

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.

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    RKent says:

    First, McClelllan doesn’t know protocol and doesn’t understand his obligation to hold off until
    Bush leaves office.  ALL WH staffers are expected to wait until the Man leaves office before commenting about his demeanor or policies!  This was totally sel-serving on Scott’s part to sell his book!  A cheap shot to try and sell a book!   rjk

  2. 2
    Wayne says:

    So McClellan now says that Bush wasn’t forthright about the Iraq war.  Now let me get this straight, McClellan was Bush’s Chief Spokesman right?  So all that time, he (McClellan) was lying to the American people, yet he never resigned.  Now, that someone is willing to give him big bucks, he says that Bush was lying.  So either McClellan was lying then, or he is lying now, so why would anyone believe him?

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    Ron Chusid says:

    Wayne,

    People believe him now because what he is now saying is consistent with the other facts related to the run up to the war.

    He is admitting that what was said in the past was untrue–which finally is the truth from him.

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