adds to my respect for Gerald Ford.
Ford: Bush made ‘big mistake’ on Iraq
11:07 p.m. EST, December 27, 2006
WASHINGTON (CNN) — In an interview never before published, former
President Gerald Ford said President Bush and his chief advisers “made
a big mistake” with their justifications for the Iraq war.
Ford made the comments in a four-hour interview in 2004 with Washington
Post reporter Bob Woodward…
Ford was regarded as a man with a quiet style who was not quick to
criticize, Woodward and others who worked with him said on “Larry
Ford requested that Woodward not publish the interview until Woodward
had written a planned book about Ford or until the former president
“He made it very clear that he did not agree with the reasons President
Bush laid out for the war, namely the belief that there were weapons of
mass destruction in Iraq or that there was some obligation that the
United States or the president had to expand democracy.”
Now, in some ways I would have preferred that Ford make his opinions
known in the run up to the war. For that matter, I wish he
had joined in the protest marches. But it wasn’t his style to
do things like that. He wanted to live his final days in
peace, not call attention to himself, and I can’t blame him for that.