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What Happened And Why It Matters

by @ Thursday, June 5th, 2008. Filed under Book Reviews, Books, George W Bush, History, Iraq, Scott McClellan, Valerie Plame

As a piece of literature, history, and autobiography, Scott McClellan’s media attention grabbing book What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception isn’t great or even good. As someone who loves reading books, I found myself skipping over entire chapters with ease to get to the part that mattered simply because […]

Old Bob Dole, Same As The Even Older Bob Dole

by @ Saturday, May 31st, 2008. Filed under George W Bush, Politics, Scott McClellan

Let’s get in the Wayback Machine and go back in time to 1995: A chorus of angry voices was Hollywood’s reaction today to comments by Bob Dole, the Senate majority leader and leading Republican Presidential aspirant, who condemned entertainment executives for debasing the nation’s culture. Across Hollywood, the consensus was that Mr. Dole’s comments, which […]

He’s Tan, He’s Rested, He’s Cranky As Ever: Bob Dole Is Back

by @ Friday, May 30th, 2008. Filed under George W Bush, Iraq, Politics, Scott McClellan

As most people who have followed politics since the 1980s know, Bob Dole doesn’t exactly have a reputation for being a nice guy. He’s got a mean streak in him that showed itself in public, most memorably, when he unloaded on then Vice-President George H.W. Bush during the 1988 Republican Presidential race: Dole made a […]

The Only Question About The McClellan Book That Matters

by @ Friday, May 30th, 2008. Filed under George W Bush, Iraq, Politics, Scott McClellan

As usual, Peggy Noonan nails it: the purpose of the book is a serious one. Mr. McClellan attempts to reveal and expose what he believes, what he came to see as, an inherent dishonesty and hypocrisy within a hardened administration. It is a real denunciation. He believes the invasion of Iraq was “a serious strategic […]

Scott McClellan Talks About Why He Talked

by @ Thursday, May 29th, 2008. Filed under George W Bush, Iraq, Politics, Scott McClellan, Valerie Plame

An extended interview on this morning’s Today Show: The former Bush administration pitchman making explosive election-year charges about how the White House handled the Valerie Plame case and built the case for invading Iraq said Thursday that he went to Washington to change it and became “disillusioned” when he realized he was just a pawn […]

The White House Joins In The McClellan Bashing

by @ Wednesday, May 28th, 2008. Filed under George W Bush, Iraq, Politics, Scott McClellan

It didn’t take long for the White House to join in the diversionary tactic of attacking Scott McClellan rather than addressing the substance of what he’s said: The White House reacted angrily today to scathing criticisms of President Bush and members of his inner circle that appear in a new memoir written by Scott McClellan, […]

When You Don’t Like The Message, Attack The Messenger

by @ Wednesday, May 28th, 2008. Filed under George W Bush, Iraq, Politics, Scott McClellan

Joe Gandelman notes that the effort to discredit Scott McClellan has already begun: Mark Halperin, noting that the book has dominated the morning news/talk shows, has these tidbits: NBC quotes a response from a former White House “senior adviser”: “This book has left many of Scott’s closest friends puzzled and shocked… He never expressed any […]

What The Iraq War Was Really All About

by @ Wednesday, May 28th, 2008. Filed under George W Bush, Iraq, Politics, Scott McClellan, War On Terror

Despite the fact that the public justification for going to war in Iraq was the supposed existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and the real fact of Saddam Hussein’s unwillingness to comply with a United Nations backed inspection regime — a reluctance that, given the fact that there were no weapons to begin […]

Now, The Truth Starts To Come Out

by @ Wednesday, May 28th, 2008. Filed under George W Bush, Iraq, Politics, Scott McClellan

In what I’m sure will be the first of many incidents, former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan is out with a book that lifts the veil on the inner workings of the Bush Administration: Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan writes in a new memoir that the Iraq war was sold to the […]

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