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Bush Told Houston Journalism in 1999 - If Elected, 'I'm Going to Invade Iraq'
Thursday, 04 June 2009 04:18
by Sherwood Ross

Two years before the 9/11 attacks on America, George W. Bush told a Houston journalist if elected president, “I’m going to invade Iraq.”

Bush made the comments about starting an aggressive war to veteran Houston Chronicle reporter Mickey Herskowitz, then working with Bush on his book “A Charge To Keep,” later brought out by publisher William Morrow.

This disclosure was uncovered by Russ Baker, an award-winning investigative reporter when he interviewed Herskowitz for his own book, “Family of Secrets” (Bloomsbury Press) about the Bush dynasty. However, Baker says, when he approached The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times with the potentially devastating story to President Bush prior to the 2004 presidential election, they declined to publish it.

In a new book, “Media In Crisis”(Doukathsan), Baker quotes Herskowitz as telling him: “He (Bush) said he wanted to do it(invade Iraq), and the reason he wanted to do it is he had been led to understand that you could not really have a successful presidency unless you were seen as commander-in-chief, unless you were seen as waging a war.”

Bush told Herskowitz that his father (President George H.W. Bush) knew that from Panama and (President Ronald)Reagan knew that from Grenada and…(UK Prime Minister)Maggie Thatcher knew this from the Falklands.”

According to Baker, Bush told Herskowitz, “The ideal thing was a small war, and this is why Bush said nobody was going to be killed in Iraq because he thought it would be small war.”

Bush co-authored his book “A Charge To Keep” with Karen Hughes. In his introduction to the work, Bush wrote, “I thank Mickey Herskowitz for his help and work in getting the project started.”

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Baker said he believed if a major daily ran his Herskowitz interview it “could have changed the election” but “I could not get it published.” The story was turned down by both The Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post. He described the Post as “scared because of the Dan Rather thing, and they said to me, ‘What do you have in the way of evidence?’” Baker replied, “Here’s a tape of Mickey Herskowitz, who’s published 20-some books, long-time journalist of the Houston Chronicle, friend of the Bush family, telling me this story.” The Post said, “It’s not enough. In this climate, we need Bush on tape saying this.” Expressing his disappointment over the rejection, Baker said, “Well, that standard has never applied anywhere.”

The story about Bush’s comments to Herskowitz is one of many about the frustrations journalists face in getting the truth to the public that appear in “Media In Crisis.” The book contains the comments of five Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, among others, and officials of various journalism foundations, as well as veteran broadcasters. The book also covers the economic woes of daily newspapers and their future, the rise of Internet bloggers and other news-purveying media, the quality of reporting, and the quality of instruction in journalism schools.

Publisher Doukathsan Press is affiliated with the Massachusetts School of Law at Andover, where a “Media In Crisis” conference was held last March upon which the new book is based. The cost of “Media In Crisis” is $15. To obtain a copy, send check or money order to Ms. Rosa Figueiredo at Massachusetts School of Law, 500 Federal Street, Andover, Mass. 01810.

(Sherwood Ross is a Media Consultant to the Massachusetts School of Law at Andover. Reach him at sherwoodr1@yahoo.com)
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Leonard said:

Reagan, Bush Sr, the CIA, and the Kuwaitis
I'm sure that Bush Jr didnt have all the facts when he decided to invade Iraq. Even if it was before the election, it doesnt mean that he was eager. It only means that he was misled by Bush Sr and the CIA, like the American people have been. I am a veteran of the first Iraq War and at one time, I stood behind both Bush's, but not anymore. Reagan, Bush Sr, the CIA, and the Kuwaitis have misled us and want us to pick up the torch and carry it-something they cant do. And for good reason. They carry too much guilt. Our own Declaration of Independence defines why we cant win. We have become the Despot, and they have the inherent right to throw us off.
We backed the Shah and he implemented change, enforced by his secret police, that we believed couldnt be wrong. And yet, the changes caused so many problems within Iran that the Shah was exiled and the Ayotollah, who was in exile in France, found an open door and returned to Iran. The average Iranian didnt want him back. We were told by Reagan and the CIA that the Iranians who stormed the Embassy and took hostages were militants. They were not. They were angry because we made our presence felt in Iran and it backfired. We became a disturbance that caused economic hardship on the middle class and allowed the Ayotollah to return. Reagan tried to ignore them but that didnt work, so he began trading arms for hostages.
The whole truth was never known and Reagan took a secret to the grave so the operation could succeed. You see, Reagan was not guilty of simply arming terrorists. If that was all there was to the Iran-Contra Affair, I'm sure the Israelis would never have agreed to join the operation and trade arms to moderate groups in Iran, and then get reimbursed from the US. But they did. The whole truth was never known.
Reagan traded arms for hostages with the intent of taking those arms back in a most devious way. He gave chemical gas to Iraq. He also gave them protective gear. The Iranians armed women and children with the Contra arms and sent them into combat against Iraq in their 8 Year War. The Iraqis gassed an entire Iranian battlegroup, and then with the protective gear they went into the contaminated area and retrieved the Contra arms. Then an envoy delivered a message to the Ayotollah: "You took our people hostage. We gave you arms in exchange for them and you used the arms against your enemy. We armed your enemy with gas and he used the gas to take back the arms and now he has the advantage over you. The Lord Giveth and the Lord Taketh Away." The Ayotollah was beyond anger. We created a disturbance deep in Iran and compounded it with gas. He planned revenge, then made a quick peace with Iraq to end their war, and enlisted Saddam's help.
Saddam gassed the Kurds. His plausible deniability was that the Kurds were a problem. The world believed it and reported the gassing of 100,000 Kurds around the world. It was a terrible embarrassment to Bush and Reagan. The Ayotollah was watching, and he was laughing. Bush and the CIA went to the Kuwaitis for help. They came up with a plan to trap Saddam. Kuwait began cross-drilling under the border into known Iraqi oil fields. After some time had passed, Saddam was tipped off. He was angry, but he pursued diplomatic channels to resolve the theft. He sent an envoy to Kuwait and asked for restitution. They said: "no." The envoy was sent back, to which the Kuwaitis replied:"We wont stop taking your oil until every Iraqi woman is a cheap prostitute." Saddam flew into a rage and invaded Kuwait, but only with the intent of taking restitution. He ransacked Kuwaiti City. He destroyed Kuwaiti oil derecks to teach them a lesson that they shouldnt have taken his oil. That would have been the end of it, but Bush and the CIA wanted to create a show of force in the Middle East to counter Saddams show of force against the Kurds. Seems like a humane thing to do, unless you know that the whole thing was a setup. Think its over? No, its just getting started.
The World Trade Center was bombed. Why? Because we compounded the problem with our presence in Iraq. Then in 1995, Hamas emerges with the support of Iran. Why? Because we compounded the problem with sanctions against Iraq and Saddam. Hamas is using Irans support to further the Holocaust against the Jews. Hamas is the creation of Waffen SS Col Alois Brunner, the right hand man to Adolf Eichmann. Eichmann was the architect of the Final Solution. Iran is using Hamas to question Israels soverignty as we questioned Irans soverignty with the Shah and the Iran-Contra Affair. Every terrorist group that emerges to support the fight against the US is there to protest the presence we made in Iran and then in the ME. We are the Despot and the Declaration of Independence says that they have the right to throw us off and seek new security. N Korea launches a missile to tell everyone watching that they have Irans back. Why is the axis of evil seeking nuclear weapons? Because we are hiding behind our nukes and they are rubbing our noses in it. They arent an axis of evil. They are George Washingtons Colonial militia and we are the despot. Thanks to Reagan, Bush sr, the CIA and the Kuwaitis.
I'm sure that Bush jr doesnt know all of this. He was told only enough to turn him against the enemy and attack. The real evil is the administrations who didnt pass on the truth to the next one. We created an enemy by our ignorance. We intensified their will to fight by our arrogance. If we continue to fight, we will lose. How could a superpower lose to a smaller enemy? Well, we defeated the superior British army in 1776 so it can happen. In fact, in many ways we have already lost many battles. So many that the world has turned against the war. Just ask Bush and Cheney.
Email your president and tell him its time to get out of the ME. Tell him we have been making fools of ourselves on the world stage and Reagan is the Director, Producer, and playwright. Tell him enough is enough.
June 16, 2009
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