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Everything you thought you knew about the Bush administration is wrong

Dana Milbank has a scathing review of Karl “Bush’s Brain” Rove’s new book in the Washington Post. Apparently Rove misses being the master of doublespeak, and so is rewriting the history of the Bush administration. Here are some quotes from Rove’s book:

  • “Did Bush lie us into war? Absolutely not.”
  • “The president never authorized torture. He did just the opposite.”
  • Did Bush drag his feet about global warming? No. “He was aggressive and smart on this front.”
  • Rove even claims that spending was “far below average” under Bush, even though Bush turned a budget surplus into a record deficit, and nearly doubled the national debt.
  • Rove doesn’t regret the Iraq war (although he does admit that it might not have been waged if it had been known that there were no WMDs there), but he does regret that he didn’t attack the war’s critics more fiercely. Seriously.
  • Claims that Bush administration officials tried to establish a link between Iraq and 9/11? Rove says that those accusations were a “dangerous falsehood”.
  • Bush’s slanderous attacks on McCain during the 2000 presidential primary? Rove claims that Bush apologized (he didn’t) and that McCain rejected Bush’s apology as inadequate.
  • Rove claims that Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” bill was “one of the great modern domestic policy successes”.
  • Bush kept reading “My Pet Goat” after being told of the first 9/11 attack because he “wanted to project calm”.
  • Rove tries to blame the outing of Valerie Plame on Bob Novak, who is conveniently now dead.

UPDATE: More quotes from Rove on CNN.



  1. ebdoug wrote:

    Should we be a bit surprised that Rove is rewritting history? In 2003, I was so upset about the invasion of Iraq that I started reading: All of Bob Woodword’s books on Bush, “What Happened?” by Scott McClellen. “The rise and fall of the House of Bush” by Craig Unger “Occupation of Iraq by Ali Allawi? “Sleeping with the Devil” by Robert Baer. Two books on Karl Rove. And the latesy “The Dark Side” by Jane Mayer. First I thought it was Bush, then Cheney, but it came down to Rove manipulating elections, rewriting history. I doubt Rove has any idea what truth is. He has metamorphed from a “non believer” to a “true Christion” He is a sociopath. I’d asked people if they knew who was running the government: Cheney? “No Karl Rove.” Who is he? Now that Faux News hired him to feed Hannity and Beck their pap, probably more people know who he is but not what he is. According to Scott McClellen both Bush and Rove admitted outing Valarie Plame. Let’s just say I’m obsessed about what happened to the country my forebears settled in the early 1600s and fought for through the years. I will keep reading so as to get an unbiased view.

    Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Permalink
  2. Fred hamm wrote:

    Until we get the “BIG MONEY” out of politics, nothing wll change. In other words, only the rich will be running for office and only the rich will be “guiding” our country to destruction. Money is No. 1, and keeping it is the rich people’s agenda. The poor will fight the wars, the rich will get richer from the wars. What a shame money and liars are so connected.

    Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Permalink