Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Cocaine and Bush
Of course, we knew it all along. But now we have the smoking gun, courtesy of former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan and ABC News.
Writes McClellan: "'The media won't let go of these ridiculous cocaine rumors,' I heard Bush say. 'You know, the truth is I honestly don't remember whether I tried it or not. We had some pretty wild parties back in the day, and I just don't remember.'
"I remember thinking to myself, How can that be? How can someone simply not remember whether or not they used an illegal substance like cocaine? It didn't make a lot of sense."
Hell hath no fury like a press secretary scorned. Guess Scottie is getting his revenge for all the lies Bush and intimates fed him during his years at the White House; and the humiliation he suffered as water boy to the press, which ultimately didn't even save his job. A new sheriff arrived at the White House and Scottie was gone before you could say Texas hold 'em.
The Washington Post writes:
The former aide describes Bush as a willing participant in treating his presidency as a permanent political campaign, run in large part by his top political adviser, Rove.
Every dark innuendo about Bush is absolutely true and then some.
"I could feel something fall out of me into the abyss as each reporter took a turn whacking me," he writes of the withering criticism he received as the [Plame] story played out. "It was my reputation crumbling away, bit by bit." He also suggests that Rove and Libby may have worked behind closed doors to coordinate their stories about the Plame leak. Late last year, McClellan's publisher released an excerpt of the book that suggested Bush had knowledge of the leak, something that won McClellan no friends in the administration.
[I]n a chapter titled "Selling the War," he alleges that the administration repeatedly shaded the truth and that Bush "managed the crisis in a way that almost guaranteed that the use of force would become the only feasible option."
McClellan, once a staunch defender of the war from the podium,
comes to a stark conclusion, writing, "What I do know is that war should only be waged when necessary, and the Iraq war was not necessary."