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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-05-10, 06:29 AM Thread Starter
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My Nomination For Captain Obvious - Round One

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Rove on Iraq: Without W.M.D. Threat, Bush Wouldn’t Have Gone to War


Karl Rove, the chief political adviser to President George W. Bush and architect of his two successful campaigns for the White House, says in a new memoir that his former boss probably would not have invaded Iraq had he known there were no weapons of mass destruction there.

Mr. Rove adamantly rejects allegations that the administration deliberately lied about the presence of weapons in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. But he acknowledges that the failure to find them badly damaged Mr. Bush’s presidency, and he blames himself for not countering the narrative that “Bush lied,” calling it “one of the biggest mistakes of the Bush years.”

The new book by Mr. Rove, who served as senior adviser and deputy chief of staff in the White House, offers the most expansive account yet of the Bush presidency by one of the people most responsible for it. Addressing some of the most controversial and consequential moments of Mr. Bush’s eight years in power, Mr. Rove takes responsibility for the widely criticized Air Force One flyover after Hurricane Katrina and writes of his secret fear of being indicted in the C.I.A. leak case.

For the most part, his book, “Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight,” is an unapologetic defense of Mr. Bush and his presidency, and takes aim at Democrats, the news media and others for what he describes as hypocrisy, deceit and vanity. He also describes his own hardscrabble upbringing in a family broken by divorce and suicide.

What many historians may focus on is his description of the war in Iraq, its origins and consequences. While many have accused the administration of drumming up a case for war on the back of false intelligence about Mr. Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction, or W.M.D., Mr. Rove maintains that the White House genuinely believed the reports, and pointed to Democrats who accepted them as valid as well.

Most intriguing is his rumination on what would have happened had Mr. Bush known the truth. While the opportunity to bring democracy to the Middle East as a bulwark against Islamic extremism “justified the decision to remove Saddam Hussein,” Mr. Rove makes clear that from the start, at least, the suspected weapons and their perceived threat were the primary justification for war.

“Would the Iraq War have occurred without W.M.D.? I doubt it,” he writes. “Congress was very unlikely to have supported the use-of-force resolution without the W.M.D. threat. The Bush administration itself would probably have sought other ways to constrain Saddam, bring about regime change, and deal with Iraq’s horrendous human rights violations.”

He adds: “So, then, did Bush lie us into war? Absolutely not.” But Mr. Rove said the White House had only a “weak response” to the harmful allegation, which became “a poison-tipped dagger aimed at the heart of the Bush presidency.”

“So who was responsible for the failure to respond?” he writes. “I was. I should have stepped forward, rung the warning bell and pressed for full-scale response. I didn’t. Preoccupied with the coming campaign and the pressure of the daily schedule in the West Wing, I did not see how damaging this assault was.”
". . . is an unapologetic defense of Mr. Bush and his presidency, and takes aim at Democrats, the news media and others for what he describes as hypocrisy, deceit and vanity."

May be Rove will team with Palin for 2012 and we can have the party of Slick and Stupid?



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I dunno. Knowing the conservative penchant for lying, and Mr. Rove's role in the White House, I have to call
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His life as a CONSERVATIVE????????????????

Who the fcuk is he trying to kid?

Try war-mongering imperialist liar who did everything he could to help the Republicans destroy true conservatism.

He's back-pedaling at blinding speed, trying to excuse the rush to war, when anyone over the age of seven can see that war was their aim all along and the WMD crap was their pretense. (Google "Gleiwitz incident" to see the historical precedent.)

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Rewriting history to fit your needs - Politicians (especially the GOP) are always doing that. They know most people will believe what they last heard - not what actually happened!

Say it loud enough and long enough, with a little conviction, and (too many) people will believe you.



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