Wednesday, May 28, 2008

'bout time you admitted what we all know

via CNN:
The spokesman who defended President Bush's policies through Hurricane Katrina and the early years of the Iraq war is now blasting his former employers, saying the Bush administration became mired in propaganda and political spin and at times played loose with the truth.

In excerpts from a 341-page book to be released Monday, Scott McClellan writes on Iraq that Bush "and his advisers confused the propaganda campaign with the high level of candor and honesty so fundamentally needed to build and then sustain public support during a time of war."
Really? Gosh, what a shock that all of the critics turned out to be right, and all of the defenders of the administration turned out to be wrong. Well, not a shock exactly, five years into this war, post-Katrina, with Bush and Osama Bin Laden now battling it out for who the American People are more disgusted by (I vote Bush, Osama never lied to us and killed fewer Americans, and he admits he despises us and admits the harm he has done).

My question is this: why should we allow those who betrayed our nation and furthered policies they KNEW to be wrong and dishonorable to profit from such tell-all books? In some states so-called "Son of Sam" laws prevent people from profiting from their crimes, such as murder, by selling books recounting the gory details - instead all the profits are taken away and given to the relatives of the victims. We can't ban free speech, but it would be nice if the relatives of the dead soldiers could sue those like Scott McClellan, who watched the administration betray the People, could have done something about it but instead helped that betrayal, and who now wants to sell books and make money off of his crime.

I hope somebody on his book tour asks him why he did not speak out or resign, and keeps pressing if he tries to avoid the question like he did all questions in his press conferences - if he doesn't answer the question, the host should say "the book sucks, don't buy it."

But I know I am dreaming. The truth is, they got away with what they did to America.

At times they played loose with the truth? Yep. And the rest of the time they just lied their ass off.

Update: Stephen Colbert puts it nicely: "Scott McClellan's new book accuses Bush of lying to get us into Iraq. That took balls, Scott... FIVE YEARS AGO."

That's one reason the man has his own show. I write pages and pages, he says more in single sentences.


basilbeast said...

I watched Keith Olbermann Tues. night, he plans to have McClellan on this coming Monday.

He also reported on Phil Gramm's realtionship with foreign bankers, lobbying to deregulate the mortgage industry, John McCain and the connection to the current mortgage crisis.

Lieberman hanging with Hagee, be sure to catch John Stewart's interview with Matt Taibbi.

David Iglesia, former US Attorney out with a new book.

The Don Siegelman Affaire taking root and flowering into TurdBlossoms.

All this and more coming up for the summer campaigns for November.

This is too good to be true, isn't it? Not for me, I want better.


basilbeast said...

Gotta book for you, "The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder", by Vincent Bugliosi.

He has an article about it at Huffington Post


Aviator47 said...

I would imagine that the parade of administration hacks trying to distance themselves from GWB and his "legacy" will continue to grow.

The past 7+ years have been a travesty, mockery and disaster, just to mention a few descriptors.

We are bound to be treated with many more "Eichmann defenses" as the rats abandon this shinking administration.


FDChief said...

Sadly, while the line of tut-tutters will undoubtedly grow longer, The Decider and his coterie will walk out of office in January 2009 with their heads up. They will spend the rest of their lives continuing to lie, spin and attempting to justify their original lies and spin.

I'd like to think that there is some sort of hurled-from-the-Tarpean-Rock moment here, but I doubt it. Cheney was right; the imperial presidency just needed a little buffing up and it was as good as new.


Charles Gittings said...

"My question is this: why should we allow those who betrayed our nation and furthered policies they KNEW to be wrong and dishonorable to profit from such tell-all books?"

Ummm, because it's the American Way?

And I'd rather have him talking than clamming up.

Rick98C said...

Karl Rove is quoted as saying "if he had these qualms why didn't he raise them at the time?" And all the usual suspects are harping on about "this isn't the Scott McClellen we knew" and typical drivel. It may be that the guy was duped along with so many others (willingly, I'd hazard) and actually developed a conscience somehow. Yeah, he'll make some dough, but it does take guts to cut yourself off from all your old cronies. Meanwhile, none of this will mean a thing to the hardcore 30% of goosestepping Bush worshipers.