Azara Blog: Even Bob Woodward has turned on Bush

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Date published: 2006/10/01

The BBC says:

Veteran US journalist Bob Woodward has claimed that the true extent of insurgent attacks in Iraq has been hidden by the administration.

He makes the claim in a book, State of Denial, due to be released on Monday.

Mr Woodward has had better access to policymakers in the Bush White House than any other writer.

In a preview interview he also revealed that former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has become a frequent adviser to President Bush.

State of Denial is a follow up to earlier volumes on the Bush White House which have contained a vivid detail of who said what to whom but have been largely uncritical of the President.

Indeed, they have been recommended as essential reading by Bush supporters.

This book appears to be much more challenging, with Bob Woodward making at least one eye-catching and politically damaging claim that the true extent of the violence in Iraq is being hidden.

"Now, there's public and then there's private, but what do they do with the private - they stamp it secret. No-one's supposed to know," Mr Woodward said.

He added that the insurgents knew how effective they were - but the US public did not.

One cannot really respect Woodward. He (as well as the dreadful newspaper he works for, the Washington Post) backs up the regime for years, before its policies have become manifestly disasterous, although the Washington elite know full well what is going on, and then he (and the Post) finally decides to be critical long past when it matters. About the only good thing about the book is that it shows once again that the rats are indeed deserting the ship. George W Bush, one of the worst presidents of all time.

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