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Ex-Bushie: McClellan Is Right

Posted on May 29, 2008

Scott McClellan points an accusing finger at Bush & Co. in his new book, “What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception.”

As former White House press secretary Scott McClellan continues to catch major flak from Bush loyalists for “snitching” on Dubya and select presidential sidekicks in his new memoir, another erstwhile Bush aide, Mike Turk, has come out in support of McClellan’s fightin’ words in an interview with The Huffington Post.

The Huffington Post:

Mike Turk served as the eCampaign director for President Bush’s 2004 reelection campaign. As such, his tenure corresponded with that of McClellan’s. No longer connected to the administration, Turk is now one of the few (if any) voices with connections to that crowd who are saying, quite simply, that the book “What Happened” is steeped in little more than truth.

“After watching McClellan on Today this morning, I think the reception his book received exemplifies the point he was making,” Turk told The Huffington Post in an email. “People had high hopes for President Bush to bring America together after his election and after the attacks on 9/11. They felt disillusioned by the Administration’s adoption of the ‘win at all costs’ partisan mentality in this town. I think the bigger point of Scott’s book comes from the lessons he learned while playing a part in the permanent campaign. It’s an exploration of how that mindset can lead to some really bad choices.”

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By RHONDA, May 30, 2008 at 5:16 pm Link to this comment
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Scott McClellan, yes, you´re late in stating what so many of us know to be the truth of the Bush Administration.  For one thing, you really could have helped Valerie Plame and her family when she was being denied justice in the courts by Bush.  Maybe it´s not too late…...

Bush´s admission of guilt in revealing Valerie Plame as a CIA operative is very telling of his serious personality disorders.  Besides being an alcoholic, which is a mental, physical and spiritual disease, he demonstrates he´s a sociopath, which is worse.  He had said he would punish whoever was responsible for revealing Ms. Plame as an agent.  But sociopaths have no empathy.  They think they are above the law and that everyone else is stupid.

I really hope Bush has to spend his retirement trying to defend himself in the US courts and in the Hague for his many terrible crimes.

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By Eric L. Prentis, May 30, 2008 at 11:21 am Link to this comment
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Mr. McClellan, you say in your book, “I still like and admire George W. Bush,” and “I consider him (Bush) a fundamentally decent person, and I do not believe he or his White House deliberately or consciously sought to deceive the American people.” You blame only his immediate advisors, i.e., Karl Rove, VP Cheney, Lewis Libby etc., for selling the unnecessary war in Iraq using propaganda, discrediting the war critic Joseph Wilson and the outing his wife, the CIA operative Valerie Plame. This would make President Bush either; 1) totally detached; 2) a fool: or 3) the great deceiver, which is it Mr. McClellan?

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By ender, May 30, 2008 at 10:54 am Link to this comment

McClelland may salve his own conscience with this has arsed slap at the axis of evil that is currently the adminstrative branch of our gov’t, but he is still witholding information about the crimes they have committed.  But then as another poster mentioned, so have most of our congresspersons.

When will someone tell Americans the truth?  Will it take an international war tribunal at the Hague to make us face our complicity in war crimes?

Rove, Scooter, Jeb Bush, Cheney, Wolfie and the whole damn cabal publicly tried to force Clinton to attack Iraq, and went into office with the f’n moron cheerleader Cocaine Cowboy as the front man with the committment to do just that.  If they didn’t arrange 9/11, they damn sure sent cousin Bin Laden a message to tell their boy Osama that he would have an open window of opportunity.

Playing this war off as anything other than empire building and profit making by the defense industry is still an attempt to cover up war crimes.

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By Marion Ross, May 30, 2008 at 6:43 am Link to this comment
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At least Scott demonstrates signs of remorse, as if the God’s image is trying to show through his mortal shell. He is on the road of becoming a ‘born again’. For a contrast, look on Bartlett and Rice who behave like the hard core criminals, the vampires who want their privileges by any means—whatever amount of pain and blood of other peoples’ children pays for their privileges. Rice is particularly a macabre figure: the chairwoman of a torture committee, the strongest pusher for the murderous war with the blatant lies about mushroom clouds. She must be confronted at each point of communication with normal—that is conscience-loaded people – with the statement of her crimes.
It is amazing how spooked are the US journalists to even mention her name, all these macho Gregory and such…

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By Leefeller, May 30, 2008 at 6:28 am Link to this comment

We always see the same thing, over and over again.  Interesting, when someone starts to tell something close to the truth, they are lambasted as a person and not on their comments. 

Any person with scruples, working in the White House, would know when something is off color and rancid, we all see it from the outside.  After Bush leaves the White House, they will need to open all the windows and air the place out from the stink.

Maybe Dr. Knowitall is right,  change is in the air!  We know the head rats will fight to the end, for they may face some harsh reality once they leave the bubble and illusion they are so used to.  Wishful thinking?

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By cyrena, May 30, 2008 at 4:29 am Link to this comment

Great as usual i.Q. I’m specifically impressed with Scott’s (and your own) clear explanation on how the media was so overwhelmingly complicit in passing along all of this shit without any proper investigation.

As an aside…(and not that your posts don’t deserve it) but I’m just really curious to know how your name came to be in red here on this post. All the rest of us are the standard black.

So, is there anything even MORE special about you than we already recognize from your excellent posts?

I’m just curious. No, no…I don’t wanna have my name in red. Heaven forbid that. (not looking to attact any attention that I wouldn’t get in black). But, I AM curious..

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By cyrena, May 30, 2008 at 4:20 am Link to this comment

You’re so right about the group-think, and how would it be so powerful, if not for the media like Fox News.

How would GW Bush ever have even been ELECTED, without the right-wing propaganda machine?

Absolutely NO totalitarian or fascist regime can install their agenda without a very well crafted propaganda machine. None ever has before, and this one is no different. Massive brainwashing is an absolute must, and Fox has been THE state sponsored media machine from the very beginning.

That alone, was enough for the group-thinkers, but it became a total catastrophe when they were able to get formerly respected media (like the print media of the NYT and the Washington Post) to go along with it as well.

Still, I agree that it’s the group think that can kill us all.

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By TerryM, May 29, 2008 at 8:46 pm Link to this comment
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Scott McClellan’s book gives more weight to the sad fact that

Bush Lied - Thousands Died.

And now Fox “News” propaganda is still beating Bush’s war drums by lying about the truth of Bush’s lies: 

“On May 28, 2008 Bill O’Reilly on Fox New’s “O’Reilly Factor” stated that Scott McClellan’s book was heavily edited by the publisher’s editor, although O’Reilly had also admitted he had not yet read the book.  Brian Kilmeade on “Fox and Friends” echoed O’Reilly’s assertion, although he admitted that he had not yet the book either. On May 29, 2008, as a guest on MSNBC’s “Countdown With Keith Olbermann”, McClellan stated that ‘Everything in the book is a clear reflection of my views and everything in the book is mine’.  Fox so-called “news” continues to be unfair imbalanced and unashamed.  Brit Hume, Steve Doocey, Sean Hannity (all at Fox, of course) are all implying McClellan ‘did it for money’.  If that were the case,  McClellan would have done much better with a pro-Bush book.  After all , McClellan would have Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and thousands of hours of right-wing talk radio to sell the book for him had it been pro-Bush.  It’s what sells Limbaugh’s, O’Reilly’s and Ann Coulter’s book - right wing propaganda promoting right wing propaganda.”  - Chris Aable

Bush Lied - Thousands Died.
Fox Lies that Bush didn’t Lie
And thousands continue to die.

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By Diane Jacoby, May 29, 2008 at 5:47 pm Link to this comment
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McClellan’s book reenforces my POV that one of the most pressing issues facing our nation is groupthought. Analysts see missile storage sites (not the reality - chicken coops) because that’s what they’re looking for. Bush and his team saw only what they sought - WMDs. Fox News and other loyal Bushies are looking for a bad guy in McClellan - not the truth.  It’s simple - the mind doesn’t have to hold conflicting ideas.  Too many voters do the same - give me the simple, what my group thinks. We should appreciate anyone who takes a step back and puts him or herself out there with the truth.

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By Thomas Billis, May 29, 2008 at 5:05 pm Link to this comment

If God himself came down and said the things Scott McCllelan said the Republican spin machine would portray him as a disgruntled former employeee.The people who are making the most noise about Scott’s comments are the ones who might someday be sitting in the dock at the Hague.Wait until Uncle Colin gets the the guts to clean up his name.There will not be enough handcuffs in Washington.Right wingers, get the gun out of mouth and let Limbaugh explain the situation to you.That will make you a mega ditto moron.

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By i,Q, May 29, 2008 at 4:44 pm Link to this comment

In yet another example of the liberal left-wing media kow-towing to Bush haters, many of the discussions of this issue on the talk circuit have centered around the appropriateness of McClellan’s “betrayal” of the administration and question his motives in the timing and purpose of his having written it.

Pundits politely sit by as Bush surogates uniformly describe McClellan as “disgruntled” and opportunistic, suggesting that publishers may have manipulated him into back-dooring Bush &Co;., David Gregory himself crawled out of his “objectivist” pundit shell to criticize McClellan for violating an unspoken code of not saying anything negative about a sitting president and poo-pooing his guests’ contentions that McClellan may genuinely feel that it is important to tell the truth before the election so that it won’t be too late to do anything about it. It seems like the nearly verbatim non-denials from Bush surrogates and former colleagues claiming Scott’s having written the tell-all is “puzzling” and “not the Scott [we] knew” — designed to raise questions about McClellan’s character and motivation — have consumed the media talking points rather than the fact that no one refutes McClellan’s claims and that those claims are evidence offered by an insider of the treason committed by his former bosses.

The subtext for Gregory’s (also Charles Gibson’s) puzzling perspectives and obsession over the “betrayal” factor is their resentful reaction to McClellan’s having called the media out on the mat for not asking the tough questions about the veracity and true motivations for an invasion of Iraq. Offered this afternoon (by the same media figures who had initially dropped the ball) as an excuse and justification for the media’s lack of investigative journalism was the fact that 77 senators voted to approve the police action. Yet during the months leading up to the actual invasion, the media i was watching seized on what we now know to be false intel without sufficiently investigating its veracity and repeatedly failed to cover protests of historical sizes the world over with much more than a passing note, in one specific case criticizing protestors in San Fransisco for disrupting business in the financial district with their antics. Since when does a senate vote set journalistic standards? Perhaps senators would have been a little less willing to tow the Bush line had their constituents had access to information which no doubt would have surfaced had the media upheld their responsibility to journalistic integrity.

Certainly there is no one scapegoat for the clusterf@ck in which we find ourselves. The crooked conspirators who drew up the plans, the media which neglected to examine those plans and passed on the lies, the people who believed those lies, and the Congress which signed them into law on the people’s behalf — all are equally culpable in enabling a situation which is now screaming for an intervention. But Gregory and other media apologists need to put their egos aside for the moment and examine the real importance of what Scott McClellan has revealed, even if Scotty has found his voice too little and almost too late.

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By Louise, May 29, 2008 at 4:09 pm Link to this comment

Maybe, just maybe the millions of voters who have relied on mainstreammedia and their president to tell them the truth will finally, actually be able to learn a little truth.

This may come as a great shock to many of us know-it-alls, but there are a lot of folks out there who don’t. Know it all I mean.

I did something this morning I haven’t done in years. I watched Today! [Curious you know wink]

Well Scotts interview and the way it was handled were predictable ... so for that reason I could say it was a waste of time. But it wasn’t because I noticed something. Scott looks older. Not as in he has aged, but as in he has matured.

Amazing what clearing the conscience can do.

I remember a kid dutifully repeating, “... the president says,” and taking a lot of heat, and ridicule from the press choir. Funny thing is they loved beating up Scott but never developed the gonads to beat up Bush.

Still haven’t.

But congress? Naw ... we’re in an election cycle.

But that doesn’t mean the folks who go and vote for them cant go and vote them OUT!

Maybe Nancy ‘Impeachment is off the table’ will have to hide under the table with the missing Impeachment. [OK, I’m being silly ...]

Meanwhile you go Scott! And watch your back!

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By moni, May 29, 2008 at 3:57 pm Link to this comment
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Bob Dole wrote a scathing response to McClellan.  Condee came to the defense of her Commander from afar. The Republicans are livid.  Why should they be surprised . . . it is a social-psychological fact that in groups where “GROUP THINK” dominates, such as a staff meeting of war apologists no one will “rock the boat” or upset the “apple-cart” ___ unless or until his/her conscience “kicks in”.  It took Sec. of State William McNamara a lifetime before he admitted the error of the War in Vietnam.

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By mrmb, May 29, 2008 at 3:54 pm Link to this comment
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Dont tell that to the neo-crazies and their supporters, god forbid they may be offended that they are exposed as a bunch of liars, crooks, thiefs, murderers and war criminals.

Did I miss anything????

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By pacrat, May 29, 2008 at 3:12 pm Link to this comment
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Ah, the old Perry Como song comes into play again!
What other methods have the House of Shame staff employed other than spinning away the truth. Well, this time it isn’t working.

For one thing, McClelland’s book only confirms what intelligent citizens have known for several years. The only remarkable thing about the book is that the House of Shame spinmeister has admitted publicly that he lied on behalf of the liars. And this current weak replacement can’t handle the big time spin necessary to handle this one!

Oh what fun!

It will be fun watching the House of Shame try to spin its way out of this one!

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By troublesum, May 29, 2008 at 2:37 pm Link to this comment

If this keeps up maybe even democtats in congress will start standing up to Bush.

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