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Another piece falls from the cracking vase

Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan in his new memoir writes nothing less than a scathing rebuke of the Bush Administration’s use of distorted facts, lies, and out-right propaganda to bolster public support behind his “Unnecessary War.”


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May 28, 2008, 10:54 am
McClellan Saw Storm in White House Katrina Strategy
Louise Radnofsky reports on politics.

Between tales of his call to public service and the invasion of Iraq, former White House press secretary Scott McClellan draws a quick breath to describe one other notable incident of his 2003-2006 tenure behind the briefing room lectern: Hurricane Katrina.

It’s a story mostly of misunderstood good intentions, since the White House felt that local and federal agencies could keep the devastation in check, McClellan writes in his new book. As with his recounting of the Iraq war (click here and here), McClellan’s former bosses don’t get off lightly.

“We spent most of the first week in a state of denial. The tendency to shift responsibility and minimize unpleasant realities is a part of human nature that has to be kept in check. It was not,” he writes.

After so many crises, he explains, “we were probably a little numb (“What, another tragedy?”) and perhaps a little complacent (“We’ve been through this before.”)”. He writes that “We took a chance that Katrina would not be as unmanageable, overwhelming or catastrophic as it turned out.”

President Bush’s much-criticized flyover of the hurricane-damaged area was Karl Rove’s fault, not McClellan’s, the former press secretary says. Rove kept insisting on it, despite McClellan’s suggestion that it was a bad plan, he writes.

McClellan was overruled, and Bush ended up leaving a bad impression. “For Bush, being a strong leader in a time of crisis means not allowing himself to be overwhelmed with anguish or anxiety,” McClellan explains. McClellan points out that “as a result, he sometimes seems disconnected from the reality of people’s lives.”

Mathew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

I wonder if

this book would make it to main stream or will they try and bury it?

"We can see with our eyes, hear with our ears and feel with our touch, but we understand with our hearts."