Too Little, Too Late

Scott McClellan, one of President Bush’s former SpokesLiar has written a tell-all book that exposes some of the lies this administration has been telling since 2000. He managed to distill the entire 341 page book down into twelve words that he used as the title:

“What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception,”

There, you’ve gotten the gist of where this book is heading. Here are some quotes from the book:

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.”

No shit?

McClellan describes Bush as demonstrating a “lack of inquisitiveness”. Most of us call that being “intellectually lazy”.

He also admits that he was lied to by the President’s inner circle about the leak of Valarie Plame. That would make him an “accomplice after the fact” for not reporting such an obvious crime.

McClellan has harsh words for many of his past colleagues. He accuses former White House adviser Karl Rove of misleading him about his role in the CIA case. He describes Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as being deft at deflecting blame, and he calls Vice President Cheney “the magic man” who steered policy behind the scenes while leaving no fingerprints.

Harsh words now — now that he has his book published and he stands to make some money at it. Now he is eager to let all the secrets out, when he can make a pile of cash doing so. Never mind that in your greed to make a buck off of all of this you let the country be seriously damaged, and allowed a theft of our Democracy.

McClellan stops short of saying that Bush purposely lied about his reasons for invading Iraq, writing that he and his subordinates were not “employing out-and-out deception” to make their case for war in 2002.

Uh, Scotty? Do you not realize that the words “lie” and “deception” are interchangable? They both describe the same act. Haven’t you ever heard of a Thesaurus?

But in a chapter titled “Selling the War,” he alleges that the administration repeatedly shaded the truth and that Bush “managed the crisis in a way that almost guaranteed that the use of force would become the only feasible option.”

“Over that summer of 2002,” he writes, “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 sources of public opinion to the president’s advantage.”

McClellan, once a staunch defender of the war from the podium, comes to a stark conclusion, writing, “What I do know is that war should only be waged when necessary, and the Iraq war was not necessary.”

The Iraq war was not necessary. Yet you let this fucknozzle go ahead and borrow and spend almost $1 Trillion, kill over 4000 of our soldiers, maim thousands more, and killed over a quarter million innocent civilians because what, you wanted to keep quiet so you didn’t spoil the plot in your tell-all book?

You should hang at the Hague along with the rest of them.

Responding to a request from the Washington Post, where i got this story, McClellan responds:

“Like many Americans, I am concerned about the poisonous atmosphere in Washington. I wanted to take readers inside the White House and provide them an open and honest look at how things went off course and what can be learned from it. Hopefully in some small way it will contribute to changing Washington for the better and move us beyond the hyper-partisan environment that has permeated Washington over the past 15 years.”

Too little, too late.