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August 11, 2008

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Christopher Taylor

Doesn't stop people from buying into it and declaring this as proof, proof of the evil Bush administration's lust for blood and death.

Frank Warner

I would love to see the full transcripts of the interviews of the people who say he has misquoted them. He says the transcripts will show he was fair and accurate. I doubt it.

jj mollo

They supposedly leave these meticulous paper trails. I don't believe it. I just wish they had written up plans for what they would actually do once they occupied Iraq. When in doubt about a possible government conspiracy, never eliminate the possibility of incompetence, monumental incompetence, or even staggering incompetence.

Frank Warner

And don't forget, no important war goes well until it's won, and the oppressed are free.

Formosa

Suskind writes historical fiction - not investigative journalism. His embellishment of situations is remarkable to any discerning reader. Just one example is how he quotes what people are thinking (a mind reader). Still the damage is done, he gets on TV and weaves a good tail and bookends it with "I'm a serious Pprize journalist (fails to mention it was for inner city struggles - where again he rolls out the drama) and "The testimony (his term) and evidence (his term) are all there in the book". He even uses the words "The Truth" in the title!

What a scam artist. Why he isn't blackballed from DC I do not know, he's been writing a library of hit jobs against Bush since the Whitehouse recognized they needed to buy him a taperecorder he was so loose with the facts.

Ron Suskind: Never let the facts get in the way of a good story.

Frank Warner

Exactly. Again, let's hear the full recordings of Suskind's interviews on this document he says everyone in power ordered forged.

And isn't the false claim that Bush and company accused Saddam of 9-11 getting a little old? Bush said Saddam supported terrorists, which is true, and Bush said al Qaida affiliates, including Zarqawi, were in Iraq, which was true.

Commission after commission, and even the Clinton White House, found that, while Saddam and al Qaida didn't have "operational links" -- they didn't plan every move together, they did have de facto links that gave each other support.

Even Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 911" fascist propaganda struggled in vain to find a Bush administration statement connecting Saddam directly with planning 9-11. Moore could find no such claim, so he deceptively edited a statement by Condoleezza Rice to make it appear she was accusing Saddam of involvement in 9-11. All she said was that repression like that in Saddam's Iraq is the real problem in the Middle East -- the kind of dark hopelessness that made it more likely the 9-11 terrorists would search for criminally pointless glory, killing themselves and thousands of others.

There was a difference between Saddam and al-Qaida. Saddam had killed hundreds of times more innocent people. U.N. Resolution 688, a 1991 cease-fire condition, required that Saddam end his repression. He had not. The fact that he continued his repression was a violation of the cease-fire, and in effect a declaration of war resumed.

Suskind could report truthfully on Saddam's illegal and deadly repression, and the fact that Iraq now is free of it. But the boring truth doesn't appeal to the conspiracy theorist book-buyers. So Suskind instead cashes in dishonestly on the fascist nostalgia for mass graves and freedom denied.

John Ettorre

I (and millions of pretty well-informed readers and book-buyers) think Suskind's track record speaks for itself. He always gets the goods, digs long enough and hard enough and wide enough until he finds out what really happened, and then publishes the results. That should be pretty apparent from the public record. Apparent to all but those on the right who choose to ignore what's been happening for the last eight years. His work might not read so much like hit jobs on the Bush Administration if this administration didn't engage in the crazy, out-of-control behaviors it has chosen to pursue. He simply reports what's happened. Your anger might be more profitably directed at the underlying subjects of his reporting.

Andrew Wang

Bush is the worst president in American history. Bush facilitated the 9/11 attacks. Subsequently, Bush lied to Congress and the American people relative to the reasons for invading Iraq. Bush purposefully misled Congress and the American people. Then, Bush murdered more than 4,000 United States service members. And Bush wounded more than 30,000 United States service members. In torturing prisoners of war, Bush patently violated the Geneva Convention. Bush unlawfully wiretapped United States citizens. In using “signing statements” to challenge hundreds of laws passed by Congress, Bush violated the Constitution. Bush has ignored global warming. Bush is guilty of criminal negligence relative to the response to Hurricane Katrina. Bush disobeys our democratic values and Constitution. Bush is a disgrace to the United States.

Furthermore, Ron Suskind has revealed that Bush directed the forgery of a letter connecting Iraq to the 9/11 attacks. Bush is beyond help.

Submitted by Andrew Yu-Jen Wang
B.S., Summa Cum Laude, 1996
Messiah College, Grantham, PA

Frank Warner

Suskind revealed no such thing, Andrew. But I'm sure he's happy you bought his book.

Iraq is liberated. Saddam Hussein is gone. I know its makes you sad to see fascism defeated, but you'll just have to accept the fact that, thanks to the liberation led by President Bush, 25 million Iraqis are free.

The Iraqis can vote for their own government, they can speak their own minds and they finally can share in their nation's oil wealth, rather than see it all diverted to a fascist dictatorship. You selfishly didn't want the Iraqis to be free, and that's the shame you'll have to bear.

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