May 28, 2008

Wow. Just...Wow.

It's not like it's something we didn't know. It's not like it hasn't been obvious to anyone with half a brain.

The Bush White House lies. A lot. About everything.

But now we have an official source for this; Bush's former White House Press Secretary, Scott McClellan.

He's written a book about his time working in the White House: “What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception.”

From the New York Times story:
President Bush “convinces himself to believe what suits his needs at the moment,” and has engaged in “self-deception” to justify his political ends, Scott McClellan, the former White House press secretary, writes in a critical new memoir about his years in the West Wing.

In addition, Mr. McClellan writes, the decision to invade Iraq was a “serious strategic blunder,” and yet, in his view, it was not the biggest mistake the Bush White House made. That, he says, was “a decision to turn away from candor and honesty when those qualities were most needed.”
Excerpts from the CNN story :
...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."

McClellan wrote that he believes he told untruths on Bush's behalf in the case of CIA agent Valerie Plame, whose identity was leaked to the media.

"I had allowed myself to be deceived into unknowingly passing along a falsehood," he wrote. "It would ultimately prove fatal to my ability to serve the president effectively."

McClellan wrote he didn't realize what he said was untrue until reporters began digging up details of the case almost two years later.

I hate to say I told you so, but "I told you so."


  1. If McClellan's story is true, it makes him look like a bit of a coward in my opinion. Why didn't he say anything then? Was he purposefully such a horrible press secretary?

  2. From various interviews, it sounds like he was trying to believe in Bush et. al. But ultimately, I guess it became too hard to believe in the nonsense they were spouting, particulary when you had the inside story.