May 28, 2008

Scott McClellan, & Perino’s ‘Missile Crisis’ crisis

From the Washington Post:

Ex-Press Aide Writes That Bush Misled U.S. on Iraq

By Michael D. Shear
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, May 28, 2008; Page A01

Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan writes in a new memoir that the Iraq war was sold to the American people with a sophisticated “political propaganda campaign” led by President Bush and aimed at “manipulating sources of public opinion” and “downplaying the major reason for going to war.”

This shows the importance for the Cheney Administration of having staff of the caliber of McClellan’s current successor Dana Perino, who is blissfully lacking in the consciousness that could lead to such a betrayal of the Administration’s deceitful and conniving ways.

Remember this (also as reported in the Washington Post)?:

Perino’s ‘Missile Crisis’ Confession . . . .

Appearing on National Public Radio‘s light-hearted quiz show “Wait, Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me,” which aired over the weekend, Perino got into the spirit of things and told a story about herself that she had previously shared only in private: During a White House briefing, a reporter referred to the Cuban Missile Crisis — and she didn’t know what it was.

“I was panicked a bit because I really don’t know about . . . the Cuban Missile Crisis,” said Perino, who at 35 was born about a decade after the 1962 U.S.-Soviet nuclear showdown. “It had to do with Cuba and missiles, I’m pretty sure.”

So she consulted her best source. “I came home and I asked my husband,” she recalled. “I said, ‘Wasn’t that like the Bay of Pigs thing?’ And he said, ‘Oh, Dana.’ “

(See also: Sad Day for U of I schools)


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