Friday, September 29, 2006

Bob Woodwards new Book, "State of Denial."

GOI: I can't wait to read this one. I have to finish "Fiasco" first (which I am enjoying immensely by the way. I HIGHLY recommend it). More of my commentary below the excerpts from the NYT article.

Mr. Woodward writes that in the weeks before the Sept. 11 attacks, Mr. Tenet believed that Mr. Rumsfeld was impeding the effort to develop a coherent strategy to capture or kill Osama bin Laden. Mr. Rumsfeld questioned the electronic signals from terrorism suspects that the National Security Agency had been intercepting, wondering whether they might be part of an elaborate deception plan by Al Qaeda.

On July 10, 2001, the book says, Mr. Tenet and his counterterrorism chief, J. Cofer Black, met with Ms. Rice at the White House to impress upon her the seriousness of the intelligence the agency was collecting about an impending attack. But both men came away from the meeting feeling that Ms. Rice had not taken the warnings seriously.

GOI: Two more sources that testify that Rice and Rumsfeld didn't take the Osama bin Laden threat seriously. Yet more vindication for President Bill Clinton and the Dem's.

In the weeks before the Iraq war began, President Bush’s parents did not share his confidence that the invasion of Iraq was the right step, the book recounts. Mr. Woodward writes about a private exchange in January 2003 between Mr. Bush’s mother, Barbara Bush, the former first lady, and David L. Boren, a former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and a Bush family friend.

The book says Mrs. Bush asked Mr. Boren whether it was right to be worried about a possible invasion of Iraq, and then to have confided that the president’s father, former President George H. W. Bush, “is certainly worried and is losing sleep over it; he’s up at night worried.”

GOI: Say what you want about GWH Bush but at least he was a smart guy unlike his son. He knew that invading Iraq was a mistake just like Scowcroft and other members of his cabinet (including Colin Powell). Bush Sr. had experience in intelligence coming from the CIA and knew the importance of getting your information right before you act. He knew that invading Iraq would have been a disaster. Hell, even then Sec. of Defense Dick Cheney knew that it would be a quagmire!! Quoting now from the book, "Fiasco" by Thomas E. Ricks:

We were there in the southern part of Iraq to the extent we needed to be there to defeat his forces and to get him out of Kuwait, but the idea of going into Baghdad, for example or trying to topple the regime wasn't anything I was enthusiastic about. I felt there was a very real danger here that you would get bogged down in long drawn-out conflict, that this was a dangerous, difficult part of the world.

Damning stuff Mr. Cheney, damning stuff.

UPDATE: Tony Snow is on the tee vee (as the goddess Randi Rhondes says) saying that the book is full of people saying things negative about the Bush administration because they weren't listened too. Yet, the Bush administration wasn't slamming Woodward's previous books that were rather kind to the administration!! Interesting.

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6 comments:

Kvatch said...

Two more sources that testify that Rice and Rumsfeld didn't take the Osama bin Laden threat seriously. Yet more vindication for President Bill Clinton and the Dem's.

Bu$hCo's getting slammed and deservedly so. Guess why that's why they've got to shove through the really objectionable stuff before the midterms. I'm hearing now that the Senate is starting to look more likely to turn over than the House. Wonder of wonders.

karena said...

Thanks for those excerpts. Hubby keeps saying "How am I going to finish Fiasco and read Denial and start on Hubris?" I have only been hearing on the tee vee about the war being botched but nothing about the willfull failure to respond to Tenet's warnings. Tenet said under oath at the 9/11 commission hearings that he never saw Bush in the month of August, 2001. He was not believed and Tim Roemer hammered him. Roemer kept saying "the system was blinking red, you were runnig around with your hair on fire, and for an entire month to do not see or speak to the President? Are you sure about this?" Finally, Tenet got a little pissed and spouted something like, "I'm telling you, I never saw the man in August 2001." Hours later, Bill Harlow, his spokesperson said the Tenet had "misspoke." Not only had he seen Bush, he had flown all the way to that God forsaken Crawford tract house, something one would never forget because let me tell you, if your hair is already on fire and you go to Crawford in the month of August you pretty much combust. Anyway, that is to the degree the mofos were ignoring the warnings. I hope Woodward captures that tid bit in his book. Just when I was about to give up on the man entirely,he comes out with a book that helps restore his image as an honest journalist.

james said...

Kvatch:

Yeah I heard the same thing about the Senate too. Perhaps justice is about to be served in November.

Karena:

Good stuff. The 9/11 commission was good but should have gone further in my opinion.

Charlie said...

Bob Woodward's books are excellent and I look forward to reading this one.

OTTMANN said...

Good thing for Bush dems haven't come up with anything new for '06 as they're still using failed attacks with books by biased writers just before the election expecting different results. Hello, we've seen this rerun for the past 5 years, and the viewers are still turning off the dums.

The only fools who waste time reading that trash are far left liberals burning with so much hatred that they need more fuel from higher liars in the media, who are only too glad to fill their wasted space with idiotic conspiracy theories thus keeping them fuming while wasting money on crap that hasn't and won't work. Liberals are proving they're all talk and no brains.

The funniest thing now is how mad they are at lower gas prices they blame Bush for. Hey, I my kid fell off his bike today. It's all Bush's fault!

Oh, the insanity of them all!

The election is over already and the outcome is the same.

james said...

Charlie:

Yeah he is a great author and journalist.

Ottmann:

So when Woodward wrote his last two books that the administration liked (and even told people to go out and buy it)then Woodward was o.k. and not a "biased writer." However, now that he has wrote something critical then he is a "biased writer."

Hmmm...interesting reasoning.

As for wasting money, that's a hollow charge coming from a person who belongs to a party that has ballooned our national deficit.

Oh and by the way, I'm happy that gas prices are going down. Maybe next time you should ask me if I'm mad about them going down before sweeping me up in your wide net.

As for the elections, we shall see. I know that in my own state the Dem's are ahead in many of the races.