I Knew It All Along
New York Times
29-May-2008 (2 comments)

There are several kinds of Washington memoirs: “I Reveal the Honest Truth,” a kiss-up-and-tell designed to settle scores (nod to honesty optional). “I Was There at the Start,” designed to make the author appear to be the linchpin of history. And, most tedious: “I Knew It Was a Terrible Mistake, but I Didn’t Mention It Until I Got a Book Contract.”

Scott McClellan’s memoir is the latest entry in the latter genre. Among his far-too-late admissions, President Bush’s former spokesman reveals that he knew the war in Iraq was “a serious strategic blunder,” but the White House decided the best course was “to turn away from candor and honesty.”

This is the same Scott McClellan who presumably had a big role in creating the White House’s communications strategy and joined in the “culture of deception” with such zeal that we lost count of the times he ridiculed critics of the war and questioned their patriotism.

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Re: Mystery

by almo5000 on

I think we can probably guess where the decents ones are, based on some patterns. In USA, a decent politician is made fun of, or his (private) life destroyed. Look at all the decent people (including some military men who were against the war with Iraq) that were made look like piece of shit by "W" and his gang.

In iran, after Dr Mosadegh, no decent person wanted to become a politician; for one they could not because of the shah; and secondly they looked at Dr Fatemi and what the gang of CIA-sponsored people did to him, his wife and family, and Dr Mosadegh himself. These are the two cases that I know of. I am sure every country has its own cases and therefore reasons.



by Mehdi on

Why is it that ALL governments of ALL countries are made up of liars and cheats? Where are decent people?