Wednesday, December 27, 2006


Gerald Ford thought the war in Iraq was a mistake. He also had harsh words for two of his former employees -- Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld. The Washington Post reports:
Former president Gerald R. Ford said in an embargoed interview in July 2004 that the Iraq war was not justified. "I don't think I would have gone to war," he said a little more than a year after President Bush had launched the invasion advocated and carried out by prominent veteran's of Ford's own administration.

In a four-hour conversation at his house in Beaver Creek, Colo., Ford "very strongly" disagreed with the current president's justifications for invading Iraq and said he would have pushed alternatives, such as sanctions, much more vigorously. In the tape-recorded interview, Ford was critical not only of Bush but also of Vice President Cheney -- Ford's White House chief of staff -- and then-Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, who served as Ford's chief of staff and then his Pentagon chief.

"Rumsfeld and Cheney and the president made a big mistake in justifying going into the war in Iraq. They put the emphasis on weapons of mass destruction," Ford said. "And now, I've never publicly said I thought they made a mistake, but I felt very strongly it was an error in how they should justify what they were going to do."
When you hear Republicans cloaking themselves in the memory of Gerald Ford, remember this: He wasn't on their side.


John Stone said...

This interview was embargoed at the request of Ford until after his death.

Anonymous said...

Whose side do you think he was on Ron? Usama's, like you?

Anonymous said...

Looks like Chatter needs to add comment moderation to keep out nut cases like Anon 10:53. Take a thorazine Anon.

Anonymous said...

It's usually not too hard to detect the increasingly unhinged bobicus tomatocus (anon @ 10:53) by the poor diction of his posts.

I second the thorazine recommendation and suggest reading something other than FreeRepublic.

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