November 10th, 2010
08:50 AM ET
12 years ago

Bush lying, says ex-German leader

(CNN) -George Bush's memoir only hit bookshelves Tuesday, but already one prominent ex-world leader says the former president isn't being truthful when it comes to his description of a 2002 conversation about the possible use of force in Iraq.

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, who left office in 2005, is disputing a passage in Bush's new book that claims Schroeder privately offered the president full-fledged support in 2002 should he decide to invade Iraq.

"The former American president is not telling the truth," Schroeder said Tuesday according to the German newspaper Der Spiegel.

In his new book "Decision Points," Bush writes that in a January 2002 White House meeting with Schroeder, the German leader said of possible force in Iraq: "What is true of Afghanistan is true of Iraq. Nations that sponsor terror must face consequences. If you make it fast and make it decisive, I will be with you."

"I took that as a statement of support," Bush writes of the conversation. "But when German elections arrived later that year, Schroeder had a different take. He denounced the possibility of using force against Iraq."

Speaking Tuesday, Schroeder said the 2002 meeting was actually focused on the mere possibility former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had anything to do with the September 11 attacks, and said he made no unequivocal commitments

"Just as I did during my subsequent meetings with the American president, I made it clear that, should Iraq ... prove to have provided protection and hospitality to al Qaeda fighters, Germany would reliably stand beside the US," Schroeder said of his comments to the president. "This connection, however, as it became clear during 2002, was false and constructed."

Bush, whose relationship with Schroeder quickly turned frosty after the chancellor expressed opposition to the war, writes he was "shocked and furious" with the actions of his ally, especially after the German justice minister accused Bush of acting like Adolf Hitler in his efforts to "divert attention from domestic political problems."

"It was hard to have a constructive relationship again," Bush writes of his future relations with Schroeder.

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soundoff (191 Responses)
  1. John B.

    Let's see, he lied while in office, why should things be any differant in his book?

    November 10, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  2. Melissa

    I actually believe Bush on this one. It makes sense that in an election year, with so many countries showing disapproval for the U.S.A. that the Chancellor at the time would have supported Bush, and then recanted when taking in consideration the election. Any politician would've acted the same way.

    November 10, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  3. Skeeve

    What Bush lied again? Is it really find it THAT surprising or new for that matter?

    November 10, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  4. Sara

    Yep, Bush lied, we all know that. Tell us some thing we don't know.

    November 10, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  5. democrat for life

    has there been anything that bush hasn't lied about, either in or out of office?? i don't think so. now they, the repubs, are trying to rewrite history. it started as soon as bush left office. i just can't believe the american people have such a short or distorted memory. well, then they we get just what they deserve. unfortunately, so will we.

    November 10, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  6. Mike

    Well Bush's version seems much more believable.

    November 10, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  7. therealmarie

    Bush, The Republicans and the M$M that helped him in perpetrating those lies in which blood and treasure was spent, not mention the tens of thousands of innocent men, women and children that were needlessly killed are also Liars and should be accountable and answerable to the World Court. But we continue to see these blood merchants on TeeVee everyday hired as expert commentators. There has got to be a special hell beyond this world for these people.

    November 10, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  8. rick

    No!! Bush lie??? Really???

    November 10, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  9. DJ in TX

    Well, at least people can't say it was the left in America making this statement. This was a world leader and he's disputing what is written by President Bush. Now, none of us were there, so who knows what was really said or understood. The German Chancellor was in opposition to the war, that is a fact...............................It is interesting a world leader makes the 1st comment on the book.

    November 10, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  10. G

    And again:
    Why isn't Bush in jail? Or Cheney?

    November 10, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  11. wood

    well then ... Schroeder should write a book. In the end it all gets filed in my "i don't care anymore" file.

    November 10, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  12. Michael Johnson

    George W. Bush lying? Come on, so I guess now you will tell me there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

    November 10, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  13. Tam

    Bush still lying - nah!

    November 10, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  14. Jeff, Huntington Beach, CA

    George W Bush is trying to tell "his side of the story," justifying his deceitful actions while making some money, plain and simple. Is it surprising with the political climate that exists today where the likes of Sarah Palin demonize anyone who would stand contrary to the dishonesty and misinformation they propagate with an eye always on gaining power and making money. There is no honor amongst thieves who wrap themselves in the American flag and claim phony "patriotism" all the while selling "we the people" out at every turn. One does not have to look any farther then Dick Cheney, Bush's handler while he was in the White House. The sad fact is there are intelligent, educated, decent people who are trying to save this country while constantly being nipped at their heals by ignorance and the "sheep" who buy into it.

    November 10, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  15. NamVet

    "Bush lying" is a redundancy.

    November 10, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  16. Cheney

    How do you know when Bush is lying? His lips are moving.

    November 10, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  17. felicia

    Well are you surprised, this is a man who oblitrated our country, ran our economy off a cliff, lead two false wars and has American blood on his hand. Bush/cheney has ruined the US for other presidents and made a big mess of things.

    November 10, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  18. Oh C'mon

    Seriously. This is the best lead you get from the book. How about Mitch McConnel asking the president to bring troops home from Iraq so his party would do better at the polls?

    November 10, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  19. Nobody Special

    AWESOME! A Grerman actually accuses Bush of acting like Hitler. They know their Hitlers over there, so we know this one's a qualified comparison!

    November 10, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  20. Atomicpop

    What a surprise....Bush lied and continues to lie.

    November 10, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  21. kathy

    Are we supposed to be surprised by this? Bush lied to us for eight years. Why would he stop now?

    November 10, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  22. Sam Sixpack

    Well, of course some German guy must be telling the truth, after all, he supports our preconceived ideas. Good work for dredging up another "fair and balanced" hit-piece. Will you ever write about one of the many Obama-is-a-liar episodes? And you don't have to depend on some has-been German guy - the contradictions come straight from Obama's mouth. Why is it, again, you call that other network biased? Is it because they aren't Big Pharma puppets too?

    November 10, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  23. kate

    Of course he lied, he wanted to attack Iraq and he did. The Bush Era is over, but we will feel the tremors for a long time, with allt he debt the war has caused not to mention good relationships with other countries. Obama did not cause this debt and he is trying to stabilize things so we don't have another Great Depression. Let this country learn that we don't need another Bush as president, or a republican for that matter, they push their very own agenda. Spend and take, spend and take. Yes the Bush Era is over and that is why my being a republican is over!

    November 10, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |

    Is it me? After seeing "W" talk about his book and the presidency, he seems to have an air of giddiness that he pulled of a "Hey, I was THE President, Dude!" prank or something.

    November 10, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  25. helpermonkey

    Take it from a reasonable conservative whose memory reaches back a little further than last week. Little by little, all those who were so unabashedly deceived by the Bush administration will reveal themselves and expose the epic quantity of lies heaped upon the world during those 8 years. History will not be too kind, I think.

    November 10, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
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