McClellan's Conscience

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To this day, many Americans are still under the impression that Saddam Hussein had something to do with al-Qaeda and 9/11 based on what McClellan called Bush's strategic method of "selling the war" in a way "that was less than candid and honest."

The excerpts alone from McClellan's new book are a scathing indictment of a president who might have committed the worst foreign policy mistake in American history. Says McClellan, "History appears poised to confirm what most Americans today have decided: that the decision to invade Iraq was a serious strategic blunder. No one, including me, can know with absolute certainty how the war will be viewed decades from now when we can more fully understand its impact. What I do know is that war should only be waged when necessary, and the Iraq War was not necessary."

Is it possible, as Bush's defenders claim, that McClellan is indeed lying and that the president has been completely honest on foreign policy? Anything is possible. But educated opinions, by definition, are formed based on experience and the available evidence.

On this matter, McClellan is Marcia Clark, and Bush is O.J. Simpson.

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