May 28th, 2008
08:30 AM ET
7 years ago

Ex-Bush spokesman: President used 'propaganda' to push war

Former White House spokesman Scott McClellan blasts President Bush and advisers in a new book.
Former White House spokesman Scott McClellan blasts President Bush and advisers in a new book.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The spokesman who defended President Bush's policies through Hurricane Katrina and the early years of the Iraq war is now blasting his former employers, saying the Bush administration became mired in propaganda and political spin and at times played loose with the truth.

In excerpts from a 341-page book to be released Monday, Scott McClellan writes on Iraq that Bush "and his advisers confused the propaganda campaign with the high level of candor and honesty so fundamentally needed to build and then sustain public support during a time of war."

"[I]n this regard, he was terribly ill-served by his top advisers, especially those involved directly in national security," McClellan wrote.

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  1. An educated blackman

    I am truly disappointed. It is our responsibilty to vote and i dnt care who u vote 4 just vote. it is sad to see people sayin they arent gonna vote because the canidate didnt get the nomination. I would suggest looking at the campaign of the two that did when and deciding which of 1 those 2 would be the best for the country. We really need to quit with the bickering like little children and act our ages. I am a democrat and i voted for obama in the primary and i will be voting for the democratic nominee even if it is hillary.

    May 28, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. ABB

    I keep forgetting that I am not allowed to post comments on this forum....perpetually "awaiting moderation"...

    May 28, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. joaquin

    Bush lied?? no way.....

    Bush is as honest as all those rich bureaucrats whose taxes were reduced because of him.

    Let's this prick out of the white house !!....but do not put McBush instead because it will be worse..

    May 28, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. the antiBush OBAMA 08!

    Hillary supporters, don’t betray this country and the democratic party. We need a change from how this country has been run for the past 8 years. Hillary would have been a great president but Obama will be just as good or better.

    Swallow your pride and realize the bigger picture. We NEED this now more than ever! Don’t divide and fall, let us stand tall and concur this political catastrophe the republicans have gotten us into.

    May 28, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  5. Shane

    WE HAD 8 YEARS OF NON EXPERINCE AND NOW PEOPLE HOPE OBAMA STEALS THE ELECTION TOO.

    May 28, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  6. DoneWithDems

    Disgruntled employee writes book. Make lots of money and gets lots of attention. Where's the news in this??

    How quick you libs forget how your last nominee stole the whitehouse china, bold faces lied about his affair in the whitehouse and lord knows what else.

    Sad.....very sad.

    May 28, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  7. Debbie,NJ

    fred2..since another stole my name. Nice try. McFossil will not win. Only a fool would vote for him.

    May 28, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  8. pee-d-feet cause something stinks, indy

    This will be one of the many to help correct history and not allow it to be spun the way the NEOCON's would like.

    May 28, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  9. No more Clintons

    The Clinton's Legacy:

    Monica Lewinsky, Paula Jones, Gennifer Flowers, Whitewater, the White House travel office firings, White House coffees and Lincoln bedroom stays for donors, FBI background files on Republicans, missing documents and the presidential pardon of a fugitive friend.

    Anyone But Hillary!

    May 28, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  10. Dave

    What!?!!? Bush LIED to US!?!? I am shocked and appalled that we have been lied to by our Great Leader!

    And here I thought we would ACTUALLY find WMD in Iraq someday...... soon..... or was that Oil we went looking for!

    May 28, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  11. Ostriches burying our heads in the sand

    Dubya now has earned the dubious distinction of being the worst President ever! And Scott McClellan's minting money out of this fact! If I did not have to pay a fortune just to fill up my car I would probably have had a laugh out of this....

    May 28, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  12. Dave

    Well, I believe that many of us already knew this but thanks for the confirmation, Scott.

    May 28, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  13. Crazy Broad

    This is the exact same kind of lies, propaganda, and deception that we'd get if that crazy broad Clinton got into the whitehouse. Her and Bush are cut from the same cloth.

    May 28, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  14. pmn

    INDEPENDENT NOW, hillary voted for the war remember, you say you knew the whole was fishy, why didn't hillary know!

    May 28, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  15. Paul

    It's not unusual in Washington to "bite the hand that feeds you", especially when it makes you money.

    May 28, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  16. cevans

    Fred2,
    You are a bitter FOOL!!! Noone will be worst then Bush...Have you not been really reading the headlines (Bush ratings at an all time low...the worst President ever). Some people just see and hear what they want too!! You were one of the idiots that put him in office twice.

    You need prayer...

    OBAMA '08

    May 28, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  17. Dave

    HilLIARY would have fit right in with this Lying coniving group!

    Yes WE CAN!

    May 28, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  18. SlimSista

    TO FRED 2...

    YOU ARE A NEGATIVE PERSON....YOUR BLOGS SHOW IT...MOVE TO ANOTHER COUNTRY, CAUSE OBAMA WILL BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THESE UNITEDS STATES.....WHO KNOWS YOU MIGHT FIND YOURSELF IN A BETTER SITUATION THAN NOW....SO YOU CAN STOP BEING BITTER AND HOLD TO YOUR GUN!!! lol

    THIS IS EXACTLY WHY OBAMA IS GOING TO BEAT MCBUSH!!!!!

    OBAMA '08

    May 28, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  19. Pat in Cali

    Gives "shock and awe" a whole new meaning...uh-huh...

    May 28, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  20. Paul

    Remember guys, the Clintons have been lying to us for far more than eight years.

    May 28, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  21. Sharon Kitchen

    "Playing loose with the truth",is that equal to: he lied???.....
    Just a thought........after all ,I would nopt expect anything else,especially after I read, and was shocked ,concerning his grandfather and his role.....google Prescott Bush if you think more news is needed....It will help all understand his "mindset"......

    May 28, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  22. Army Veteran

    Scott, Wichita..

    Good people have died or have been disfigured for life on a war based on lies.

    History will condem Bush...Nixon will look like a great President in comparison.

    If you love this country DON'T VOTE FOR McCAIN!

    May 28, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  23. Will in Richmond, VA

    How anyone at all could in good conscience vote Republican this fall, is simply beyond my comprehension.

    At this point, even if you don't vote Dem, it's fine. We cannot afford four more years of this. Why hasn't this administration been held accountable, Congress? Where were the impeachment hearings? Where were the trials?

    May 28, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  24. David Newport, OR

    No news here.

    “Naturally the common people don’t want war. But after all, it is the
    leaders of a country who determine the policy, and it’s always a
    simple matter to drag people along whether it is a democracy or a
    fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship.
    Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of
    the leaders. This is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are
    being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and
    for exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every
    country.”
    - Hermann Goering, Hitler’s Reich Marshall, at the Nuremberg
    Trials after World War II.

    May 28, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
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