Another controversy, yet not completely new in nature, has struck the U.S. in these days following the publication of State of Denial: Bush At War, Part III. The book was written by Bob Woodward, himself with Carl Bernstein were gained much ‘popularity’ with their All the President’s Men in the 1970s. State of Denial reveals that for the last three years, the Bush administration has not been honest with the American public about the Iraqi war. What follows in italics are modified excerpts of Woodward’s interview in CBS (‘Bob Woodward: Bush Misleads on Iraq’, CBS News, October 1, 2006).
Woodward says that “It is the oldest story of the coverage of government: the failure to tell the truth.” A major example of this, Woodward claims, is the level of violence that is over any expectation. Attacks on American soldiers, about four in an hour (!), have been his foremost concern, not to mention that the administration were concealing this fact to justify the presence of the U.S. in Iraq.
Things are getting worse in Iraq, but Bush wouldn’t admit that. John Negroponte, former U.S. ambassador to Iraq and currently the U.S. Director of National Intelligence, shares the view that the U.S. has gone wrong in Iraq. General John Abizaid, the U.S. commander in the Middle East, had even believed that the U.S. should have withdrawn its troops from Iraq ‘as soon as practical’. Note that a military man, a general, have said that!
However, Bush wouldn’t listen to Abizaid for that he still has Don Rumsfeld in his cabinet. Rumsfeld, whom many believe is one of the architects of the war, has been backed up by the likes of Dick Cheney (who fears that he may lost his position should Rumsfeld be out) and Henry Kissinger. Kissinger was even suggesting Bush that ‘victory is the only meaningful exit strategy.’ Bush even won’t listen to his wife Laura, who doesn’t like Rumsfeld as he ‘was hurting my husband’, and his father, who thinks that his son was wrong invading Iraq. Bush will definitely stick to it, saying that ‘his war has Iraq and America on the right path.’ He is reportedly said, ‘I will not withdrawn even if Laura and Barney are the only ones supporting me.’ Barney is Bush’s dog.
Day after day, violence is escalating in Iraq. This country has been becoming apart further and further from even a piece of peace. Well, Bush might not think about it when he started the war three years ago, but I’m definitely sure that despite his ‘confidence on winning’, he is starting to seriously think about those miserable things happen in Iraq. Not be re-elected he might be, but he for sure wouldn’t like to be remembered as ‘the president of war’ (or would he?)
U.S. policy in Iraq is a complete disgrace. I’m sick of people who support war, whatever the reason, for war causes nothing but troubles and troubles. Even though I haven’t read State of Denial, I couldn’t agree more with Woodward. Who knows, State of Denial could push the way for Bush to resign, like All the President’s Men did to Nixon!
[This post was originally published on 10 October 2006 at http://dragonandeagle.blogspot.com/2006/10/state-of-denial.html. Reposted here with several changes]