Bit late to get a conscience isn’t it Scott?
Ex-aide criticises Bush over Iraq
Former White House spokesman Scott McClellan has said US President George W Bush was not "open and forthright" on Iraq and rushed to an unnecessary war. In a new book, Mr McClellan says Mr Bush relied on a "political propaganda campaign" to sell the war. His handling of Hurricane Katrina is also attacked. From July 2003 to his resignation in April 2006, Mr McClellan was a loyal defender of the Bush administration. In response, a White House spokeswoman said Mr McClellan was "disgruntled". Dana Perino added: "For those of us who fully supported him, before, during and after he was press secretary, we are puzzled. It is sad - this is not the Scott we knew." Mr McClellan was a long-standing member of Mr Bush's inner circle, having worked for him when he was Texas governor before following him to the White House. Extracts from the 341-page memoir, to be published on Monday, give an often scathing view of both the president and his highest-ranking aides. In What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception, Mr McClellan describes White House staff as spending much of the first week after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 "in a state of denial". "One of the worst disasters in our nation's history became one of the biggest disasters in Bush's presidency," he writes. "The perception of this catastrophe was made worse by previous decisions President Bush had made, including, first and foremost, the failure to be open and forthright on Iraq and rushing to war with inadequate planning and preparation for its aftermath." Mr McClellan stops short of saying Mr Bush lied about the reasons for going to war in Iraq. However, the way the Bush administration managed the Iraq issue "almost guaranteed that the use of force would become the only feasible option", he says.
It’s a bit late to get a conscience isn’t it Scott? You were the mouthpiece for this vulgar administration, when did you start thinking the words coming out of your mouth were lies and why didn’t you say this when you left? Cashing in on a large book deal doesn’t make you a hero Scott, just another whore for a different master.