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Ex-aide Scott McClellan rips Bush's Iraq 'propaganda'

May 28 2008 at 9:17 AM

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Too bad he didn't say anything at the time. Hundreds of thousands of lives, and trillions of dollars might have been saved, had this "crusade" been aborted.

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Ex-aide Scott McClellan rips Bush's Iraq 'propaganda'

Wednesday, May 28th 2008, 4:00 AM

Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan has blasted his old boss, saying President Bush failed to be "open and forthright on Iraq" and relied on "propaganda" to sell the war.

McClellan's take on the Bush administration comes in a surprisingly scathing tell-all memoir, "What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception," to be published next week, reports.

Some of the more explosive revelations in the 341-page book are:

# Bush and his aides "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."

# Karl Rove and Lewis (Scooter) Libby "had at best misled" McClellan about their roles in the notorious CIA leak case, even as McClellan publicly defended them.

# The White House was in a "state of denial" during the first week after the Hurricane Katrina disaster. "One of the worst disasters in our nation's history became one of the biggest disasters in Bush's presidency. Katrina and the botched federal response to it would largely come to define Bush's second term," McClellan writes.

# Bush was "steamed" about his top economic adviser telling The Wall Street Journal that a possible Iraq war could cost as much as $200 billion. "He shouldn't be talking about that," said Bush, according to McClellan.

In one passage, McClellan writes the press was "probably too deferential to the White House" when it came to public discourse over the choice to invade Iraq.

"The collapse of the administration's rationales for war, which became apparent months after our invasion, should never have come as such a surprise" he writes. " ...In this case, the 'liberal media' didn't live up to its reputation. If it had, the country would have been better served."

McClellan also admits that some of his own assertions from the briefing room podium turned out to be "badly misguided."

Despite the bombshells dropped on Bush, McClellan writes that "I still like and admire" the President, reserving most of his rancor for Bush's top advisers, especially Karl Rove.

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