The Bush Chronicles: A Tell-All Tally

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Former press secretary Scott McClellan is only the latest former Bush administration insider to point a finger at White House failures in a tell-all book. But you can't settle scores without a score card, so here's how the president's onetime mouthpiece stacks up alongside other recent they-a culpas:

-- Paul Farhi

Book:"What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception," by Scott McClellan.

Published: June 2008.

Debacles discovered: War sold with "propaganda," failure to plan after invasion of Iraq, general lack of candor, "culture of deception," officials in "permanent campaign mode," Rove and Libby lied.

Don't Blame Me. Blame . . .: Bush, Cheney, Rove, Libby, Rice, the news media.

NOW You Tell Us?:" . . . the Iraq war was not necessary."

Arrogance/Hubris Factor: High.

Book: "War and Decision: Inside the Pentagon at the Dawn of the War on Terrorism," by Douglas J. Feith (former Pentagon official).

Published: April 2008.

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