Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Scott McClellan: Coward or whistler blower?

Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan has come out with a book that tells a familiar narrative on the Bush Administration and the Iraq war, charging that Bush was active in "manipulating sources of public opinion" and "downplaying the major reason for going to war."

One doesn't have to have a certain political persuasion to observe that McClellan was an absolutely terrible, ineffective press secretary. I remember his sessions with the press becoming regular fodder for news shows as you only had to play recordings of them in order to laugh hilariously.

The immediate thought I had when I read about McClellan's book was that perhaps he had been purposefully ineffective due to doubts he was growing about the administration. He could actually feel that he took part in deception, or he could see that his small role in history was that of looking like a complete buffoon (like Michael Brown) and simply needed to cover himself with a book bashing his former employers. It's not particulary brave at this point to come out and bash the president, and McClellan is far from the most credible one to do so.

Still, the growing crowd of people that have been close to Bush that have gone on to criticize him publicly is alarming, and McClellan's former intimacy with the administration makes it all the more damning.

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