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Ex-German leader: Bush lying about Iraq in new book

By David Edwards
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 11:54 EDT
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Former President George W. Bush just isn’t telling the truth, says one ex-world leader in a position to know.

In his new book Decision Points, Bush claims that former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder offered him full-fledged support should he decide to invade Iraq.

Bush wrote that Schroeder told him, “What is true of Afghanistan is true of Iraq. Nations that sponsor terror must face consequences. If you make it fast and make it decisive, I will be with you.”

“The former American president is not telling the truth,” Schroeder told the German newspaper Der Spiegel Tuesday.

“I took that as a statement of support,” Bush wrote. “But when German elections arrived later that year, Schroeder had a different take. He denounced the possibility of using force against Iraq.”

Schroeder said that the meeting with Bush actually was more about whether Saddam Hussein had a hand in the 9/11 attacks.

“Just as I did during my subsequent meetings with the American president, I made it clear that, should Iraq … prove to have provided protection and hospitality to al Qaeda fighters, Germany would reliably stand beside the US,” Schroeder said.

“This connection, however, as it became clear during 2002, was false and constructed.”

Schroeder is the second former official of a foreign government to accuse the president of fibbing in his new book.

Kim Howells, an ex-minister in Britain, threw cold water on claims that waterboarding saved British lives.

“Where I doubt what President Bush has said is that this, what we regard as torture, actually produced information which was instrumental in preventing those plots coming to fruition. I’m not convinced of that,” Howells said.

Mother JonesDavid Corn accused Bush of engaging in a “spin operation” about Iraq’s WMD capacity.

“He’s also engaging in a whole another spin operation now,” said Corn on MSNBC’s Hardball Monday. “He has said that ‘We had to take Saddam out, it was good we took him out because Saddam had a capacity to build WMDs.’ Not that he had them, that he had a capacity.”

“His own inspectors, Charles Duelfer who led the Iraq survey group, that went in after the invasion, they produced a report in 2004 saying there was nothing, no capacity, that Saddam Hussein had shut everything down years earlier. So Saddam was in no position to pursue, develop, create, produce any sort of weapons of mass destruction.”

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
 
 
 
 
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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FQFQSLRJOH727CEELP3VBKIDH4 Steve

    I believe that the “talk” Bush had with Obama, when the election was over, was to put fear into Obama’s heart. The idea that Bush threatened Obama, if he pushed the indictment issue, seems pretty strong. As you may recall, when asked, Obama said he would not oppose “anyone else” who wanted to push Bush prosecution. My feeling is that Obama fears something Bush told him.

    That aside, Bush, Cheney, Rove, Rumsfeld, Bolton, et al need to be prosecuted not only for war crimes, but also for raping the American and world economies for decades to come. It is up to each of us to not let up on our desire to have these people brought to justice. Regardless of what the “sheeple” think, we’re the ones left to urge the Hague, our federal representatives, friends and neighbors to push for this to happen.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FQFQSLRJOH727CEELP3VBKIDH4 Steve

    I believe that the “talk” Bush had with Obama, when the election was over, was to put fear into Obama’s heart. The idea that Bush threatened Obama, if he pushed the indictment issue, seems pretty strong. As you may recall, when asked, Obama said he would not oppose “anyone else” who wanted to push Bush prosecution. My feeling is that Obama fears something Bush told him.

    That aside, Bush, Cheney, Rove, Rumsfeld, Bolton, et al need to be prosecuted not only for war crimes, but also for raping the American and world economies for decades to come. It is up to each of us to not let up on our desire to have these people brought to justice. Regardless of what the “sheeple” think, we’re the ones left to urge the Hague, our federal representatives, friends and neighbors to push for this to happen.

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