Reporter Bob Woodward Says Bush Misleads on Iraq
09/28/06 "CBS" -- - -(Sept. 28) Veteran Washington reporter Bob
Woodward tells Mike Wallace that the Bush administration has not
told the truth regarding the level of violence, especially
against U.S. troops, in Iraq. He also reveals key intelligence
that predicts the insurgency will grow worse next year.
In Wallace’s interview with Woodward, to be broadcast on 60
Minutes this Sunday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. ET/PT, the reporter also
claims that Henry Kissenger is among those advising Mr. Bush.
According to Woodward, insurgent attacks against coalition
troops occur, on average, every 15 minutes, a shocking fact the
administration has kept secret. "It’s getting to the point now
where there are eight-, nine-hundred attacks a week. That's more
than 100 a day. That is four an hour attacking our forces," says
The situation is getting much worse, says Woodward, despite what
the White House and the Pentagon are saying in public. "The
truth is that the assessment by intelligence experts is that
next year, 2007, is going to get worse and, in public, you have
the president and you have the Pentagon [saying], 'Oh, no,
things are going to get better,'" he tells Wallace. "Now there’s
public, and then there’s private. But what did they do with the
private? They stamp it secret. No one is supposed to know," says
"The insurgents know what they are doing. They know the level of
violence and how effective they are. Who doesn't know? The
American public," Woodward tells Wallace.
Woodward also reports that the president and vice president
often meet with Henry Kissinger, who was President Richard
Nixon’s secretary of state, as an adviser. Says Woodward, "Now
what’s Kissinger’s advice? In Iraq, he declared very simply,
‘Victory is the only meaningful exit strategy.'" Woodward adds.
"This is so fascinating. Kissinger’s fighting the Vietnam War
again because, in his view, the problem in Vietnam was we lost
President Bush is absolutely certain that he has the U.S. and
Iraq on the right course, says Woodward. So certain is the
president on this matter, Woodward says, that when Mr. Bush had
key Republicans to the White House to discuss Iraq, he told
them, "I will not withdraw, even if Laura and Barney are the
only ones supporting me."
Woodward reported for two years and interviewed more than 200
people, including top officials in the Bush administration, to
learn these and other revelations that he makes in his latest
book, State of Denial, published by Simon & Schuster, part of
the CBS Corp.
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