March 6th, 2010
11:00 AM ET
10 years ago

Rove: Bush didn't 'lie us into war'

Karl Rove writes in his memoir that the Iraq War would not have occurred without WMD.

Karl Rove writes in his memoir that the Iraq War would not have occurred without WMD.

CNN - Karl Rove, often described as President George W. Bush's brain, defended the former president in a new book against claims that he lied to the American public in order to invade Iraq in 2003.

"[D]id Bush lie us into war? Absolutely not," Rove wrote in his 516-page book, "Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight."

The book highlights Rove's life and career and his time working for Bush.

Rove, a long-time political adviser who joined Bush in the White House after the 2000 campaign, said the U.S. wouldn't have gone to war with Iraq if the administration knew that weapons of mass destruction wouldn't be found.

"Would the Iraq War have occurred without WMD? I doubt it," he wrote. "Congress was very unlikely to have supported the use-of-force resolution without the threat of WMD. The Bush administration itself would probably have sought other ways to constrain Saddam, bring about regime change, and deal with Iraq's horrendous human rights violations."

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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Dis Gusted

    Several years ago I read a book by Richard Clark telling about the first Bush cabinet meeting, and the conversation was about when they were going to go to war in Iraq. I choose to believe Clark over Rove.

    March 6, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. once upon a horse

    And we're supposed to believe Karl Rove, huh? Yep those WMD are still hiding there somewhere.

    March 6, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  3. Randy, San Francisco

    This man cannot distinquish between right and wrong or the truth and a lie. Rove is a pathological liar.

    March 6, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
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