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Woodward's got a new book ...

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by PeteyPirate, Sep 29, 2006.

  1. PeteyPirate

    PeteyPirate Guest

    And this time he couldn't find a way to fluff the administration.


    Card Urged Bush to Replace Rumsfeld, Woodward Says

    By William Hamilton
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Friday, September 29, 2006; 10:46 AM

    Former White House chief of staff Andrew Card on two occasions tried and failed to persuade President Bush to fire Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, according to a new book by Bob Woodward that depicts senior officials of the Bush administration as unable to face the consequences of their policy in Iraq.

    Card made his first attempt after Bush was reelected in November, 2004, arguing that the administration needed a fresh start and recommending that Bush replace Rumsfeld with former secretary of state James A. Baker III. Woodward writes that Bush considered the move, but was persuaded by Vice President Cheney and Karl Rove, his chief political adviser, that it would be seen as an expression of doubt about the course of the war and would expose Bush himself to criticism.

    Card tried again around Thanksgiving, 2005, this time with the support of First Lady Laura Bush, who according to Woodward, felt that Rumsfeld's overbearing manner was damaging to her husband. Bush refused for a second time, and Card left the administration last March, convinced that Iraq would be compared to Vietnam and that history would record that no senior administration officials had raised their voices in opposition to the conduct of the war.

    The book is the third that Woodward, an assistant managing editor at The Washington Post, has written on the Bush administration since the terrorist attacks of September, 11, 2001. The first two were attacked by critics of the Bush administration as depicting the president in a heroic light. But the new book's title, "State of Denial," conveys the different picture that Woodward paints of the Bush administration since the invasion of Iraq in March, 2003.

    Woodward writes that there was a vast difference between what the White House and Pentagon had known about the situation in Iraq and what they were saying publicly. In memos, reports and internal debates administration officials have voiced their concern about the conduct of the war, even while Bush and cabinet members such as Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice have insisted that the war was going well.
  2. Duane Postum

    Duane Postum Member

    Eh, Woodward's just another anti-Bush, pinko, America-hating journo ... oh, wait.
  3. Deeper_Background

    Deeper_Background Active Member

    A senior administration official saw little new in Woodward's charges "except that Bob believes he has a lot of making up to do since the Washington establishment criticized him for being too soft in his first two books (on the Bush administration)."

    "We've seen this movie before, and we shouldn't be surprised of another critical book about the Bush administration 40 days before an election," said the official.

    Bush's Republican Party faces a strong challenge from Democrats as it seeks to retain control of Congress in the November 7 elections. The unpopular war in Iraq is a major issue in the campaign.

    The official added there was nothing revealing in Woodward's account of the daily attack numbers. "You print them all the time."

    Woodward said Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney often met with Henry Kissinger as an adviser. Kissinger was President Richard Nixon's national security adviser and then secretary of state during the Vietnam War.

    The reporting of Woodward and fellow Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein played an important role in exposing the Watergate scandal that forced Nixon to resign in 1974.

    According to Woodward, Bush was absolutely certain he was on the right course on Iraq. The writer said that when Bush invited key Republicans to the White House to discuss Iraq, the president told them, 'I will not withdraw even if Laura and Barney are the only ones supporting me,"' referring to his wife and Scottish terrier. http://reuters.myway.com/article/20060929/2006-09-29T020647Z_01_N28210876_RTRIDST_0_NEWS-IRAQ-USA-WOODWARD-DC.html
  4. PeteyPirate

    PeteyPirate Guest

    Apparently Laura jumped ship last year. Is there a quote from Barney?
  5. Deeper_Background

    Deeper_Background Active Member

    Looks like you guys are the ones quitting... ;) ANTI-W. $OROS: I QUIT POLITICS
    September 29, 2006 -- Billionaire liberal financier George Soros, who spent millions of his fortune trying to oust President Bush in 2004, yesterday said he hopes to stay out of politics from now on.

    "In the future, I'd very much like to get disengaged from politics," Soros said at a Council on Foreign Relations meeting on the Upper East Side. "I'm interested in policy and not in politics
  6. Doesn't say he is, says he'd like to do so.
    Nice try, foof.
  7. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    Now that Bob's seen this particular well's about to run dry, he inserts the knife. Better late,
    than never.
  8. Deeper_Background

    Deeper_Background Active Member

    No more calls, please we have a winner! If Jebbie was running things might be different...
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