It seems everyone wants absolution these days. The latest is none other than
Bob no one told me squat about Valerie Plame Woodward. But this time
Bob's talking about Iraq, and “60 Minutes” has got him.
According to Bob Woodward, intelligence experts are saying in private that
in 2007 the level of violence in Iraq will get worse.
“Kissinger is fighting the Vietnam War again,” says Woodward. For
those of you too young to remember, that's a really bad thing. As I've got quite a
few veterans, including Vietnam vets, that read this site, I just hope your heads didn't just explode. (Duster,
you okay out there?)
Stay the course is Kissinger's playbook for Iraq, and Bush has bought into
it completely, the failures of Vietnam paying forward.
The situation is getting much worse, says Woodward, despite what the White
House and the Pentagon are saying in public. “The truth is that the assessment
by intelligence experts is that next year, 2007, is going to get worse and,
in public, you have the president and you have the Pentagon [saying], 'Oh,
no, things are going to get better,'” he tells Wallace. “Now there’s
public, and then there’s private. But what did they do with the private?
They stamp it secret. No one is supposed to know,” says Woodward.
“The insurgents know what they are doing. They know the level of violence
and how effective they are. Who doesn't know? The American public,” Woodward
Woodward also reports that the president and vice president often meet with
Henry Kissinger, who was President Richard Nixon’s secretary of state,
as an adviser. Says Woodward, “Now what’s Kissinger’s advice?
In Iraq, he declared very simply, Ã¢â‚¬ËœVictory is the only meaningful exit
strategy.'” Woodward adds. “This is so fascinating. Kissinger’s
fighting the Vietnam War again because, in his view, the problem in Vietnam
was we lost our will.”
Woodward: Bush Misleads On Iraq
Tells 60 Minutes' Wallace That Kissinger Is Regular Visitor To White House
The NIE on terrorism was bad enough, but this is a whole new level.
revelation about an Iraq NIE, then her insistence that it be produced immediately,
should now not just be a suggestion, but a demand from everyone in Congress.