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.