January 12, 2004
O'Neill Book Reveals Truth About Bush's Iraq Plan
In his new book, The Price of Loyalty, Ron Suskind worked closely with former former Treasury secretary, Paul O'Neill. In the book, O'Neill reveals many bombshells. Richard W. Stevenson writes in the New York Times today:
President Bush was focused on removing Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq from the start of his administration, more than seven months before the terrorist attacks that he later cited as the trigger for a more aggressive foreign policy, Paul H. O'Neill, Mr. Bush's first Treasury secretary, said in an interview broadcast on Sunday.To read the entire article, go here.
Mr. O'Neill, a former chairman of Alcoa, served in the Nixon and Ford administrations and was close to Vice President Dick Cheney and Alan Greenspan, the Federal Reserve chairman. Mr. O'Neill had a rocky tenure as Treasury secretary. His departure came after he made it clear he differed with the White House over the need for more tax cuts. In his typically blunt style, he made no effort at the time to pretend he was not angry and hurt over being forced out.
But the account of his service to Mr. Bush, as given to Mr. Suskind, whose book is to be published Tuesday, is the first by a former senior Bush administration official. It is sure to fuel questions from Mr. Bush's political opponents about the administration's rationale for invading Iraq, and to focus new attention on Mr. Bush's management style and the balance in the White House between politics and policy.
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Another crack in the wall for Bush. The 2004 elecion is going to test the will and drive of the peace movement. I'm actually pretty pesimistic about the outcome. We're up against a powerful machine. But can't stop....gotta just keep workin'...and events like Ron Suskinds book sure help to energize.
Posted by: Steve Francis at January 19, 2004 12:04 PM
Howard Dean had the correct assessment and fortitude to call to attention the fear mongering campaign immediately following the DNC by the Bush Administration and all the major news outlets. He's still has it right.
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Posted by: Stephen Francis at August 23, 2004 02:56 PM