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May 27, 2008
By: dday

RELEASE THE MEMOIRS!... There was a hint last November that Scott McClellan's memoir was going to be unrelenting on George Bush, Karl Rove and the gang, but that was quickly dismissed as overhyped. The book is now on the verge of being released, and in fact was on sale over the weekend at D.C.-area bookstores. So Mike Allen picked up a copy, and the revelations appear to be as originally advertised:

Among the most explosive revelations in the 341-page book, titled "What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception" (Public Affairs, $27.95):

McClellan charges that Bush relied on "propaganda" to sell the war.

He says the White House press corps was too easy on the administration during the run-up to the war.

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

The longtime Bush loyalist also suggests that two top aides held a secret West Wing meeting to get their story straight about the CIA leak case at a time when federal prosecutors were after them - and McClellan was continuing to defend them despite mounting evidence they had not given him all the facts.

McClellan asserts that the aides - Karl Rove, the president's senior adviser, and I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the vice president’s chief of staff - "had at best misled" him about their role in the disclosure of former CIA operative Valerie Plame’s identity.

This could be cherry-picking as well for the sake of selling some hardcovers. But that's not a phenomenon that will be limited to Scott McClellan (and who knew he had this in him, huh?). The spate of memoirs that always roll out near the end of an Administration will take on an even greater "every-man-for-himself" quality in this one. From the lowest-level staffer to his personal food-taster, Bush will see half of his underlings or more trash him to every publisher in the country. If someone like McClellan, who was at Bush's side from the Texas days, is willing to go nuclear to preserve his own reputation, it'll be a free-for-all.

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Cry havoc! And release the memoirs! (Yep, they're dogs.)

Posted by: low-tech cyclist on May 27, 2008 at 9:03 PM | PERMALINK

Haven't read the book, but from the excerpts it appears he lays most of the blame for Bush's failings on Karl Rove. He seems to go out of his way to portray Bush as a noble, blameless prince who was misled by corrupt advisors.

Posted by: Pocket Rocket on May 27, 2008 at 9:06 PM | PERMALINK

Among the most explosive revelations in the 341-page book, titled "What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception" (Public Affairs, $27.95):
McClellan charges that Bush relied on "propaganda" to sell the war.

He says the White House press corps was too easy on the administration during the run-up to the war.

Well, duh. Tell us something we don't know, Scottie.

Posted by: kc on May 27, 2008 at 9:09 PM | PERMALINK

A noble, brainless prince?

Posted by: J Bean on May 27, 2008 at 9:09 PM | PERMALINK

Scott McClellan has no reputation to preserve; when it mattered, and when he could have made a difference, he was right down there on his knees in front of Dubya. He doesn't "have it in him." That's why he didn't tell anything resembling the truth until he could personally profit from it.

He should now be subpeonaed and brought before Congress to tell everything he knows about Plamegate, Iraq propaganda, etc. And if there is any justice, his sorry little ass will wind up right next to Karl Rove's in a federal prison cell.

Posted by: sullijan on May 27, 2008 at 9:11 PM | PERMALINK

Haven't read the book, but from the excerpts it appears he lays most of the blame for Bush's failings on Karl Rove

Everyone talks about how it was Rove's idea to ensure that Bush only made a "flyby" over New Orleans and not to step foot there, but no one, including McClellan, it seems, has an explanation why Rove insisted on this.

Posted by: Tyro on May 27, 2008 at 9:26 PM | PERMALINK

McClellan and Lanny Davis are two sides of the same coin. They both pledged themselves to political leaders and ended up having to compromise their own, perhaps meager, sense of ethics and self-respect in service to that leader. The only difference is Lanny still imagines his patrons have a future in politics.

Mike

Posted by: MBunge on May 27, 2008 at 9:46 PM | PERMALINK

Revenge of the Flop Sweat.

Posted by: bluewave on May 27, 2008 at 10:04 PM | PERMALINK

Pocket Rocket is right - the blogosphere needs to quit promoting this like it is some major breakthrough.

snotty is still "catapulting" the propaganda - as if somehow bush is this great leader that we all should love, it's kkkarl's fault and chimpy has no responsibility.

If he is lying about dur chimpfurher's culpability and promoting him as a "great man", then why does anyone think the rest of this book should be trusted.

Just more lies from one of the lying liars that enabled the criminal cabal behind this administration and nothing more.

Posted by: on May 27, 2008 at 10:06 PM | PERMALINK

What sullijan said. Doubled.

These motherfuckers are scum, every single damned one of them, who sold their country and now want to get rich telling us in great detail exactly how they have fucked every single one of us. Don't let them make a dime.

If I murdered one human being, and sold my story, I would be prohibited by law from profiting from my crimes, and rightly so. Why should a man who enabled the murder of thousands get different treatment?

Put him and Rove in the a small cell with one knife, one fork, and one dinnerplate. Sell the pay-per-view rights and use the proceeds to pay for veterans' medical care.

Posted by: thersites on May 27, 2008 at 10:20 PM | PERMALINK

I'm personally more interested in seeing how those who are conservative partisans react to this. Even if they've turned on the administration, I wonder if they will say what these people claim is not to be believed, or perhaps some will open their eyes a little more.

Posted by: Brian on May 27, 2008 at 10:30 PM | PERMALINK

Looking across the thousands of Bush officials hip deep in the corruption, in the DOJ, HUD, the WH, the DOD, DHS, Coalition Provisional Authority, etc.--and it is surely thousands--not one has come forward and told all he knows about the crimes he saw, committed and abetted. Not one has come to Jesus, unburdened himself of guilt and sin, and given his testimony. Not a one. And they say three people can't keep a secret. :)

Posted by: Jim Lund on May 27, 2008 at 10:30 PM | PERMALINK

[The comedy stylings of Toby Petzold are available at tobypetzold.com for anyone who is interested. I am not. That is why I deleted his name-calling wingnuttery.]

Posted by: Toby Petzold on May 27, 2008 at 10:36 PM | PERMALINK

What thersites said. This is a slimeball profiting by throwing slime on the rest of the slimeballs. Most likely a self-serving, cover-my-ass book, just inflammatory enough to sell copies and give him a nice little income.

I look forward to many more tell-all-tales from the rats deserting the ship, but they will still be tales from rats.

Posted by: pat on May 27, 2008 at 10:38 PM | PERMALINK

From the fact that George W. Bush had never lived on a ranch in his miserable life until Rove advised him to buy one in 1999 to emulate Ronald Reagan to his phony "conversion" to Christianity without ever showing an ounce of humility or compassion, some of us saw through this phony from Day One. The Bush facade is crumbling and beneath it there is much ugliness to behold.

As Christ said, "The truth vindicates itself...".

Posted by: The Conservative Deflator on May 27, 2008 at 10:43 PM | PERMALINK

McClellan was a creepy press secretary who broke out in flop sweat every time he got up at the podium. He has to find some way to support his family. Enjoy it while it lasts. I suspect it will be a poor seller.

Posted by: Mike K on May 27, 2008 at 10:47 PM | PERMALINK

> Pocket Rocket is right - the blogosphere needs
> to quit promoting this like it is some major
> breakthrough.
>
> snotty is still "catapulting" the propaganda -

Have to disagree a bit. An admission by a Cheney Administration insider that Rove and Libby did in fact conspire to deceive Fitzgerald and the grand jury is pretty big. If nothing else it blows away Kevin "Centrist" Drum's theory that there was nothing going on with Rove's four visits to the grand jury; just time to move along; nothing to see there...

Cranky

Posted by: Cranky Observer on May 27, 2008 at 10:49 PM | PERMALINK

Toby p: Oh, and Thersites is a foul-mouthed loser. What an embarrassment.

Thank you very kindly. A few four-letter words are an embarrassment. Lies that kill thousands are not. I understand perfectly, now.

Posted by: thersites the foul-mouthed loser on May 27, 2008 at 11:07 PM | PERMALINK

This book will "climb" rapidly to the bottom of the "best seller" list.

Thersites is really, really a 'foul-mouthed' loser. Honest.

Rove/Libby plotting to "out" Valerie Plame? Huh? Can any of you spell A R M I T A G E, like in Richard Armitage, the confessed leaker.

Sheesh, what a bunch of Moonbats!

Posted by: Chuck on May 27, 2008 at 11:30 PM | PERMALINK

First, like all cowardly sycophants, McClellan has proven that there is nothing more noble than speaking the truth, so long as the occurs too late to matter, and oh yeah, it will get him a great book deal. There is a circle of hell waiting for him. McNamara will keep it warm.

Second, McClellan didn't know any of this stuff? Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight. I call bullshit on that. You're a fool if you think McClellan was some innocent soldier who was misled. The fact that he is giving us some juice, and admitting to the obvious, doesn't provide him any cover. He'll burn for what he did. They should hang up right next to Tariq Haziz.

Finally, duhhhhhhhhhhhh.

I hate this kind of crap. I think this little worm should be tortured and thrown in Abu Ghraib, but instead he's sitting in Green Rooms ready to roll in the riches. He is as guilty of war crimes as any of them.

Posted by: BombIranForChrist on May 27, 2008 at 11:40 PM | PERMALINK

Yet another self-exculpatory tome by the latest rat deserting the rusty, sinking Bush pontoon boat. I'll be very surprised if there's any actionable information in it that would send our favorite Political Machiavelli or esteemed Veep to jail. All it does is prove yet again there's no honor among thieves.

Posted by: bluestatedon on May 28, 2008 at 12:16 AM | PERMALINK

I'm personally more interested in seeing how those who are conservative partisans react to this. Even if they've turned on the administration, I wonder if they will say what these people claim is not to be believed, or perhaps some will open their eyes a little more.

oh come on, you know the answer to that.

"He's just trying to sell books. You can't believe anything he says."

Posted by: rnato on May 28, 2008 at 12:27 AM | PERMALINK

oh and of course there is always the time-honored dodge, "he was just a disgruntled employee."

Bush dead-enders are quite used to sticking their heads in a very dark place in order to avoid the ugly truth about their Golden Child.

Posted by: r€nato on May 28, 2008 at 12:29 AM | PERMALINK

The rats are fleeing the sinking ship. I eagerly await a tell all book from that “lying sack of cute”, Dana Perino.

Posted by: fafner1 on May 28, 2008 at 12:49 AM | PERMALINK

Thersites - Couldn't agree with you more. It's the old saying: rob someone with a gun, they send you to jail; rob someone (or kill thousands for that matter) with a pen, and the Republicans will give you the medal of freedom.

Posted by: fafner1 on May 28, 2008 at 12:56 AM | PERMALINK

Don't be hasty to let this guy into the fold. It's already proven to be the case that a lot of proof of these sorts of allegations getting out to the press haven't brought Bush or the Republicans down in a major way. For instance, the public wasn't screaming for Bush's impeachment. Now that Scotty's other uses are over, and the stuff his saying in his book has proven to be in the end harmless, he can continue to do harm by making "friends" on the left wing- another potential Zell Miller.

This guy has done way too much, gone way too far for way too long for any conversion by him to warrant being treated with anything but skepticism-- at least so long as the goods he delivers won't effectively hurt the right-wing (won't take power away from them). He's basically proven that he doesn't have a conscience, or that if he does, it's a pro-Bush one. It takes a lot of proving to show that all the proof of that somehow no longer applies, and that he's somehow now the polar opposite, especially when we know that deception and lies are a big part of the conservative m.o.

Don't make friends with this guy.

Posted by: Swan on May 28, 2008 at 1:17 AM | PERMALINK

and the stuff his saying in his book has proven to be in the end harmless, he can continue to do harm by making "friends"

Should have been "and the stuff he is saying in his book..."

Posted by: Swan on May 28, 2008 at 1:19 AM | PERMALINK

Swan,
Um, who do you see upthread "letting this guy into the fold?" I just see a bunch of foul-mouthed losers trashing this good man.

Posted by: thersites the foul-mouthed loser on May 28, 2008 at 1:28 AM | PERMALINK

I wasn't criticizing dday (the poster), either, by the way-- instead I was just offering a general admonition to liberals not to take someone like Scotty in just because he all-of-a-sudden starts talking some trash you like to hear.

In general, trash-talkers have loyalty to no one, not to the latest person they appear to be wooing.

Posted by: Swan on May 28, 2008 at 1:48 AM | PERMALINK

There was a blogger some years ago while Scotty was still on the job, who empathized with Scott and the horrible tasks he was sent out to do to contort the administration doings into some type of coherent narrative. The exact quote was something like...

"Scotty deserves A-Rod money."

Well, the thing about handing out A-Rod money is that it pretty much ensures loyalty for life. You never hear A-Rod refer to any of the Steinbrenners as anything but "Mr. Steinbrenner" and with plenty of respect in his tone.

Posted by: buzzrd on May 28, 2008 at 1:56 AM | PERMALINK

Cranky: "Have to disagree a bit. An admission by a Cheney Administration insider that Rove and Libby did in fact conspire to deceive Fitzgerald and the grand jury is pretty big. If nothing else it blows away Kevin "Centrist" Drum's theory that there was nothing going on with Rove's four visits to the grand jury; just time to move along; nothing to see there."

Tyro: "Everyone talks about how it was Rove's idea to ensure that Bush only made a "flyby" over New Orleans and not to step foot there, but no one, including McClellan, it seems, has an explanation why Rove insisted on this."

Rove explains:

http://www.foxnews.com/video2/video08.html?maven_referralObject=860306&maven_referralPlaylistId=&sRevUrl=http://www.foxnews.com/

Posted by: majarosh on May 28, 2008 at 2:51 AM | PERMALINK

What's also interesting is how McClellan trashed the press for not being aggressive enough in questioning the administration in the runup to the war.

Contra Swan, this isn't just some post-administration change of heart. While Scott was press secretary, he was pissed that he was placed in a position where he ended up telling an untruth about the Plame investigation to reporters. No doubt this resulted in a feeling that he needed to settle scores and point out who, exactly, set him up like that. This isn't a "conversion" so much as settling scores with the people who screwed him over (and, it seems, trying to point the blame at the people who "ruined" the Bush presidency he had big hopes for).

Posted by: Tyro on May 28, 2008 at 8:08 AM | PERMALINK

Incidentally, the Swans of the world have been pretty consistent with trying to leap on everyone who's had the audacity to publicly criticize what was going on inside the White House.

It's been like this:

Normal people: "The White House is seriously screwed up in terms of its mindset and administration, with little mind towards policy, and is engaging in ridiculous propaganda efforts while the press just eats it up."

Not too long later, books are published by DiIullo, Kuo, and McClellan pointing out the details of this very thing.

Normal People: "See! It's exactly as screwed up as we've been saying, if not worse!"

Swan-type-people: "Oh, those are just disgruntled employees trying to sell books."

Swan is making the assumption that it's important of whether McClellan is "welcomed into the fold" by Democrats or not. Personally, I don't care. I'm interested in seeing documentation of the how dysfunctional the White House really was from an inside perspective.

Posted by: Tyro on May 28, 2008 at 8:17 AM | PERMALINK

Those are revelations?

Where are the documents authorizing the friendly-fire murder of Pat Tillman because he was about to condemn the Iraq invasion?

Where are the stories of Smirky drunk and blubbering about his terror of getting hung for treason because he deserted the military during wartime?

Where are the cell-phone pix of Smirky's gay orgies with Guckert and Foley and Craig?

Propaganda, lies, lapdog press - all old news.

Wake me when somebody spills the real beans.

Posted by: Yellow Dog on May 28, 2008 at 8:38 AM | PERMALINK

"McClellan was a creepy press secretary who broke out in flop sweat every time he got up at the podium. He has to find some way to support his family."

This does demonstrate the breakdown of the iron triangle, which is a good thing. Time was, Scotty could have gotten a high paying corporate job and he would have kept his mouth shut.

Posted by: Jose Padilla on May 28, 2008 at 8:46 AM | PERMALINK

Yes, Bush "veered TERRIBLY OFF course" -- Scott McClellan's own words --, and the country is NOW paying the TERRIBLE prize for it. SHAMEFUL.

Posted by: KYJurisDoctor on May 28, 2008 at 9:38 AM | PERMALINK

Wonder how much this has to do with Chimpy supporting Gov.Goodhair, rather than Scotty's mom back in 2006....

Posted by: anon on May 28, 2008 at 9:47 AM | PERMALINK

But who, who, who, is going to beam Scotty up?

Posted by: thersites on May 28, 2008 at 10:03 AM | PERMALINK

So, Scotty is willingly admitting to being an accessory to many of the crimes perpetrated against the American people and non-Americans, by his willing and obviously knowing acts of further perpetuating the frauds upon the public in his role as the WH spokesliar? Should be great evidence if this ever gets to war crimes trials.

Posted by: bubba on May 28, 2008 at 10:06 AM | PERMALINK

McClellan charges that Bush relied on "propaganda" to sell the war.

White House press corps was too easy on the administration during the run-up to the war.

his own assertions from the briefing room podium turned out to be "badly misguided."

I'm shocked! Shocked I tell ya.

Posted by: ckelly on May 28, 2008 at 10:26 AM | PERMALINK

If I am not mistaken, this book was published by the publishing arm of the National Institutes of the Obvious.

That is not to say that there is not value in publishing it, seeing as how many people have no grasp of the obvious.

Posted by: airron on May 28, 2008 at 11:59 AM | PERMALINK

No dirt on W and Guckert?

Posted by: Brojo on May 28, 2008 at 12:17 PM | PERMALINK

For three years, Scott McClellan got up every day in front of that White House podium and, with characteristic obfuscation, prevarication, and circumlocution, defended the very policies and talking points he now says were cynical propaganda designed to defend an indefensible war. What a soulless, amoral sonofabitch. 1. it doesn't tell us anything we didn't already know, namely that Bush and his inner circle were a bunch of arrogant jackasses, and 2. he waited until now to pile on, rather than speaking out when it could have made a difference. McClellan's book is already irrelevant before it hits the shelves. May it enjoy a short life in the bargain bin before being returned to publisher and pulped!

Posted by: jonas on May 28, 2008 at 12:34 PM | PERMALINK

“lying sack of cute”, Dana Perino

Sounds like you would gladly pay to see what's inside that hard cover...

Posted by: MLuther on May 28, 2008 at 1:23 PM | PERMALINK

I disagree with Swan about the conscience stuff. McClellen always looked real uncomfy up at the podium. He seemed awkward and guilty to me. My guess is that he started out as a true believer but the accumulating BS finally got to him.

Posted by: Hieronymus Braintree on May 28, 2008 at 1:29 PM | PERMALINK

Helping McLellan make money off of his lack of character would be yet another Administration crime.

So I think Kevin should buy one book and just pass it around for the rest of us to read. Better yet, just publish a few highlights so no one feels compelled to buy.

Does McLellan expose enough new material to allow Fitzgerald to re-open the Plame investigation? What's with that secret West Wing meeting between Libby and Rove? Perjury charges, perhaps?

Watching Rove bob and weave on Sunday when George Stephanopoulos asked him to deny involvement in the prosecution of Alabama Governor Siegelman was a sight to behold.

What a bunch of liars. I hope the GOP pays big time for their misdeeds and poor leadership.

Posted by: pj in jesusland on May 28, 2008 at 1:29 PM | PERMALINK

Hieronymus Braintree: McClellen always looked real uncomfy up at the podium. He seemed awkward and guilty to me.

Hey, I felt awkward and guilty while I was pounding the shit out of some guy I saw in the street and stealing his wallet. So what? I still need to go to jail after testifying against the accomplices that put me up to it.

Posted by: thersites on May 28, 2008 at 1:57 PM | PERMALINK

I'm not sure that it was a good idea for Scotty to go nuclear in order to preserve his reputation.
Dan Bartlett just said that he musta had an out of body experience.

Posted by: optical weenie on May 28, 2008 at 1:58 PM | PERMALINK

Rats, meet sinking ship.

Posted by: Cal Gal on May 28, 2008 at 2:14 PM | PERMALINK

Chuck, did it ever occur to you, I mean have you ever even CONSIDERED that perhaps Armitrage was the tool that Cheney and Scooter used to out Plame?

Has it ever occured to you, I mean EVER, that Armitage may just have beaten Cheney and Scooter to the punch?

And, did you EVER read the evidence? That Cheney and Scooter were shopping this info around before Novakula bit on what Armitage was saying?

And did it EVER occur to you that Novakula got his SECOND source from Rove?

I mean, did it EVER occur to you that a conspiracy might have more the two people involved in it?

Sheesh

Posted by: Cal Gal on May 28, 2008 at 3:36 PM | PERMALINK

I quote " go fuck yourself "
tx's and have a nice day

Posted by: God[dam it] on May 28, 2008 at 3:50 PM | PERMALINK

What is really shocking to me is so many are commenting that McLellan has not said anything new that the public doesn't know of the heinous crimes the Bush mob have committed: We were out ragged when Hitler invaded Poland and rounded up and murdered six million Jews. But the American people are not demanding that Bush be impeach and his gang be tried for war crimes after they invaded Iraq, had 4,000 Americans killed and thousands injured and crippled for life and killed millions and devastated an entire country who didn't do anything to us, this war will cost more than a trillion bucks, oil went up because of this war. The biggest arrogant bullshit is conning everyone one of us Americans that we're defending freedom and promoting democracy. Are we so chicken shit to come out and admit the truth? The war was all about oil, oil, oil and the rich can get richer and richer and more power. It would have been cheaper to have given every Iraqian a million bucks instead of bombing them. A president can be impeached for getting a blow job under the desk in the oval office, but a president on the same desk who signs a declaration of war on bullshit imaginary evidences can get away free and clear? How come we didn't invade and bomb Saudia Arabia (the most powerful anti-freedom nation in the world) when it was the terrorists from there who murdered thousands of innocent Americans on 9/11, but Bush had secretly flew them out on chartered planes. Because we didn't want our oil supply be jeopardized. What will it take to wake up Americans? Obviously, our last real freedom is our free press, but they are the worst cowards who are still ruled by their powerful rich board of directors. We are the richest nation in the world, but among the industrial nations we have the worst national heath care, a below average educational system (worst in math and science), burn more oil and the worst polluters on earth and garbage in space, but we do rank the top with the highest prison population, and per ratio to our wealth we have more proverty and homeless. Wake up, America, wake up and be that great, open, fearless, free, just and humane nation the world once admired and dreamed to emulate.

Posted by: Husain Chung on May 28, 2008 at 5:02 PM | PERMALINK

What is really shocking to me is so many are commenting that McLellan has not said anything new that the public doesn't know of the heinous crimes the Bush mob have committed: We were out ragged when Hitler invaded Poland and rounded up and murdered six million Jews. But the American people are not demanding that Bush be impeach and his gang be tried for war crimes after they invaded Iraq, had 4,000 Americans killed and thousands injured and crippled for life and killed millions and devastated an entire country who didn't do anything to us, this war will cost more than a trillion bucks, oil went up because of this war. The biggest arrogant bullshit is conning everyone one of us Americans that we're defending freedom and promoting democracy. Are we so chicken shit to come out and admit the truth? The war was all about oil, oil, oil and the rich can get richer and richer and more power. It would have been cheaper to have given every Iraqian a million bucks instead of bombing them. A president can be impeached for getting a blow job under the desk in the oval office, but a president on the same desk who signs a declaration of war on bullshit imaginary evidences can get away free and clear? How come we didn't invade and bomb Saudia Arabia (the most powerful anti-freedom nation in the world) when it was the terrorists from there who murdered thousands of innocent Americans on 9/11, but Bush had secretly flew them out on chartered planes. Because we didn't want our oil supply be jeopardized. What will it take to wake up Americans? Obviously, our last real freedom is our free press, but they are the worst cowards who are still ruled by their powerful rich board of directors. We are the richest nation in the world, but among the industrial nations we have the worst national heath care, a below average educational system (worst in math and science), burn more oil and the worst polluters on earth and garbage in space, but we do rank the top with the highest prison population, and per ratio to our wealth we have more proverty and homeless. Wake up, America, wake up and be that great, open, fearless, free, just and humane nation the world once admired and dreamed to emulate.

Posted by: Husain Chung on May 28, 2008 at 5:02 PM | PERMALINK

Im not quite sure why all the big stink over this expose and the others yet to come out. Its good to know this stuff, but it won't make any difference about what is to become of the gang of five. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfield, Rove & Wolfowitz will retire and make lots of money with books and lectures. They won't have to go before Congress, they won't be jailed and they won't have their citizenship stripped and be kicked out of the country. They should be, but they won't. So in the long run, they walk away laughing at the rest of us.

Posted by: Erika on May 28, 2008 at 5:19 PM | PERMALINK

Perhaps the most overlooked aspect of this story is the implications of McClellan's nickname for Cheney: "The Magic Man."

Posted by: sean on May 29, 2008 at 4:38 AM | PERMALINK

As everyone knows, Ron Suskind reported in Price of Loyalty - the book about Paul O'Neill - there was no policy apparatus, only a campaign/propaganda mentality, in the White House. That book came out over four years ago. The Richard Clarke's book Against All Enemies (also from early 2004) detailed another angle on the same period, reporting that the war was preordained from the beginning of the administration and Condi was a weak accommadationist etc. Lots of books and articles have followed. The picture is always the same from any angle. (By the way isn't labeling him a "disgruntled former employee" a bit pathetic?)This book sounds like more of the same, but I think valuable as another viewpoint, and one from a guy who was out there selling the stuff. Don't want to support this guy by buying it? Get the book from your local public library. Guess what, you can request it, even from that computer you are using right now, and their system will maybe email or call you when it's available! That's what I did.

Posted by: emjayay on May 29, 2008 at 10:22 AM | PERMALINK
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