Disappointing that Ford agreed to attack a sitting president's decisions on condition they not be aired until he is dead, despite the distinct possibility that would be within the sitting president's term. Disappointing that his arguments are so simplistic, at least in this presentation, and fail to address the real threat to U.S. national interest that Saddam presented and the corruption and collapse of 12 years of sanctions that was underway at the time of the invasion. Disgusting that Woodward lacks the decency to sit on this at least until after the funeral.
You're supposed to be a journalist Crittenden. Just how long would you have waited if you had this scoop?
What's 'disappointing' and 'disgusting' is that even after all of the damage the boy king has caused, you can't handle the truth being out there. But you just keep defending the Iraq war as you gulp down that next gallon of kool-aid. Bush will then have Laura, Barney and you to back him up til the bitter end. I'm sure that will be a comfort to him. Read my lips: Saddam posed no threat to the US. When you have actual proof that he did, get back to me.
From the WaPo article:
In a conversation that veered between the current realities of a war in the Middle East and the old complexities of the war in Vietnam whose bitter end he presided over as president, Ford took issue with the notion of the United States entering a conflict in service of the idea of spreading democracy.
"Well, I can understand the theory of wanting to free people," Ford said, referring to Bush's assertion that the United States has a "duty to free people." But the former president said he was skeptical "whether you can detach that from the obligation number one, of what's in our national interest." He added: "And I just don't think we should go hellfire damnation around the globe freeing people, unless it is directly related to our own national security."
Describing his own preferred policy toward Saddam Hussein's Iraq, Ford said he would not have gone to war, based on the publicly available information at the time, and would have worked harder to find an alternative. "I don't think, if I had been president, on the basis of the facts as I saw them publicly," he said, "I don't think I would have ordered the Iraq war. I would have maximized our effort through sanctions, through restrictions, whatever, to find another answer."
The 's' word: sanctions. How 'librul' of Ford. Ouch.
You can also read about what a whiney-ass Kissinger was - that so-called bastion of power.
Ford made several mistakes, including pardoning Nixon, but at least he was honest about the Iraq war and if he felt he could not express his views while he was alive in order to maintain some diplomacy on the matter, he let Woodward speak for him upon his death. People like Crittenden would prefer that Ford never gave voice to his thoughts. Whatever happened to freedom of speech and why would anyone want to try to protect George W Bush anymore? The man is a complete failure.
Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official...