Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward is famous for his investigative work. In 1972, he teemed up with Carl Bernstein and broke open the Watergate scandal which led to the fall of the presidency of Richard Nixon. He was a hero to the left. He is again speaking the truth but he won’t be a hero to the left for saying it.
In an appearance on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, Mr. Woodward said what we all know. Bush made mistakes but he wasn’t lying about Iraq. When asked about Obama not leaving troops behind, he said it is “clearly a factor” in everything now taking place.
“There was no lie, Woodward said.
“You can make a persuasive argument there was a mistake. But there is a kind of line going on that Bush and the other people lied about this. I spent 18 months looking at how Bush decided to invade Iraq…and…it…lots of mistakes, but it was Bush telling George Tenet the CIA director, don’t let anyone stretch the case on WMD…and he was the one who was skeptical. If you try to summarize why we went into Iraq, it was momentum. The war plan kept getting better and easier, and finally at the end, people were saying, “Hey, look, it will only take a week or two.” Early on it looked like it was going to take a year or 18 months, so Bush pulled the trigger. A mistake certainly can be argued, and there is an abundance of evidence. But there was no lie in this that I could find.”
Chris Wallace said in way of a question that many think Obama didn’t want to keep any troops there.
Woodword responded, “Look, Obama does not like war. But, if you look back on this the argument from military was keep ten or fifteen thousand troops there as an insurance policy. And we all know insurance policies make sense. We have thirty thousand troops or more in South Korea sixty-five years after the war. When you’re a super power you have to buy these insurance policies and he didn’t in this case. I don’t think you can say everything is because of that decision but clearly a factor.”