Thursday, September 28, 2006
CBS News: Woodward says Bush not honest with Americans on Iraq
Verteran Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward alleges in a new book that the Bush administration has not been up front with the level of violence in Iraq against American soldiers, according to CBS News. In his upcoming book, State of Denial, Woodward, CBS reports, claims that the Bush Administration has kept secret that insurgent attacks occur, on average, every 15 minutes, and are increasing in frequency and violence.
"The truth is that the assessment by intelligence experts is that next year, 2007, is going to get worse and, in public, you have the president and you have the Pentagon [saying], 'Oh, no, things are going to get better,'" Woodward tells Mike Wallace in an interview to air this Sunday on 60 Minutes.
Woodward also reports that Henry Kissinger, President Richard Nixon's famed Secretary of State, often advises the Bush Administration on the situation in Iraq.
"Now what's Kissinger's advice? In Iraq, he declared very simply, 'Victory is the only meaningful exit strategy.'" Woodward tells Wallace. "This is so fascinating. Kissinger's fighting the Vietnam War again because, in his view, the problem in Vietnam was we lost our will."
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