Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Ron Suskind takes on the White House

Ron Suskind, who wrote the book The Price of Loyalty, has written a new book, The Way of the World. One of the chief arguments is this:

The author also claims that the Bush administration had information from a top Iraqi intelligence official "that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq – intelligence they received in plenty of time to stop an invasion."

When I was working as a canvasser for the DNC back in 2004, I remember getting into a debate over Iraq with another canvasser. At the time I believed that there was no justification for the war and basically believed what most leftists believe, that the entire war was launched because Bush had picked Iraq to invade for oil, retribution and other nefarious reasons. The canvasser I was debating made a point that I remembered: Iraqi officials are not credible sources of information. It was a great point, and one that I conceded to.

It's the last year of the Bush administration. We are seemingly about to move into an Obama Administration next year (though things could take a surprising turn). Bush is becoming a larger and larger dartboard, just as his predecessor did, and as a result writers and former officials that feel disiullusioned or just want to cash in are coming out against the administration with regurgitated arguments.

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