The White House ignored an urgent warning in September 2003 from a top Iraq adviser who said that thousands of additional American troops were desperately needed to quell the insurgency there, according to a new book by Bob Woodward, the Washington Post reporter and author. The book describes a White House riven by dysfunction and division over the war.We're ruled by delusional ideologues. Talk about failing your way to success. No wonder they need extraordinary new powers -- which were obligingly granted by their congressional enablers.
The warning is described in “State of Denial,” scheduled for publication on Monday by Simon & Schuster. The book says President Bush’s top advisers were often at odds among themselves, and sometimes were barely on speaking terms, but shared a tendency to dismiss as too pessimistic assessments from American commanders and others about the situation in Iraq.
Friday, September 29, 2006
You know things are bad when the court stenographer starts to bite the hand that has been feeding him
Bob Woodward's two previous books about the Bush administration helped contribute to the perception of Bushco as tough, decisive terror warriors. Now, not so much.