The major media outlets are all atwitter over former White House spokesman Scott McClellan's new book. In the book, he accuses Bush and Cheney of lying to Americans about Iraq and using propaganda to make their case for war. He also accuses Karl Rove and Scooter Libby of leaking to the press that Joe Wilson's wife was a CIA agent, and then lying about it. Then he says the administration disastrously mishandled Katrina.
I could go on about his "revelations", but I have to ask -- is any of this really news? Is there anyone in America with half a brain that doesn't know all of this? In fact, it didn't take a genius to figure this out several years ago.
I'm sure he thinks he's done something by finally being honest, but this guy is no hero. He helped Bush lie to America, resulting in the deaths of over 4,000 Americans and the physical and psychological wounding of tens of thousands more. If he'd said these things five years ago, I could at least think he was a decent human being -- but not now.
He's just a weasel trying to salvage his own reputation, and willing to turn on his fellow weasels to do it. I'm certainly not going to spend a dime on this stupid book. McClellan doesn't deserve it, and there's nothing in it that rational people didn't figure out years ago.
The White House has acted predictably. They have begun the process of sliming McClellan (who probably deserves it), and are once again trying to throw others under the bus to protect Bush and Cheney.
Spokesmen tell us that Bush didn't lie, he was given bad information by the "incompetent" intelligence sources. Nonsense. The CIA tried to tell Bush and his cohorts that Iraq did not buy uranium from Niger and there was no real evidence of weapons of mass destruction.
But that was not what Bush and Cheney wanted to hear, so they lied to the American people. Then they sent Powell to the U.N. to lie to the rest of the world. And they got their dirty little war. Too bad they didn't know how to handle it.
McClellan is telling the truth finally, but that certainly doesn't make him any kind of hero. Just another weasel trying to save his own hide now that it looks like the Democrats may come to power.