Thursday, December 28, 2006

Ford on Cheney and Rumsfeld - oh the Truth!

Related to our post yesterday, came the news that Ford strongly disagreed with the politics of Cheney and Rumsfeld, his former protégés.

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 launched the invasion advocated and carried out by prominent veterans 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."

He added about VP Dick Cheney:

"He was an excellent chief of staff. First class," Ford said. "But I think Cheney has become much more pugnacious" as vice president. He said he agreed with former secretary of state Colin L. Powell's assertion that Cheney developed a "fever" about the threat of terrorism and Iraq. "I think that's probably true."
(Wash. Post)

So people do change... and not always for the better in te case of Cheney and Rumsfeld. What I wonder, however, is why in the worl he granted the interviews on condition they not be released until after his death. After all, what do you care about when you're in your 90s? I'm a bit puzzled....


At 14:59, Blogger Tororoshiru said...

Il y a déjà quelque temps que je lis régulièrement vos billets, et je suis séduit tant par leur forme que par leur fond... Ambitieux objectif que celui que vous vous êtes fixé: satisfaire la curiosité, aussi bien des Français intéressés par la politique américaine que celle des Américains intrigués par les vues européennes sur leur propre pays... tant les conceptions des uns et des autres sont parfois schématiques! J'apprécie beaucoup la manière, incisive mais tempérée par l'humour, que vous employez pour y parvenir!
Puisque nous sommes entrés dans la saison des voeux, le moment est peut-être bien choisi pour vous présenter les miens, à vous-mêmes ainsi qu'à votre site! Comme on dit familièrement en France: "bonne continuation!"


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