I thought the big story of Sunday was going to be Kerry's appearance on Meet the Press, where he made Bush look bad just by being intelligent.
But it's a distant second. Bob Woodward's appearance on 60 Minutes was absolutely devastating.
He has shredded George W. Bush of any semblance of honor, decency, and even competence.
There are things like this, which make me question whether or not the President is mentally imbalanced:
Q. "Did Mr. Bush ask his father for any advice?"
WOODWARD: “I asked the president about this. And President Bush said, ‘Well no,’ and then he got defensive about it. And then he said something that really struck me. He said of his father, ‘He is the wrong father to appeal to for advice. The wrong father to go to, to appeal to in terms of strength.’ And then he said, ‘There's a higher father that I appeal to.’"
But - embarrassing as such things are - it isn't the main point. The main ponts are quite a bit more serious.
Here is a recap of what I thought were the two main points. (I'll post a link to the transcript when one becomes available).
1) Cheney was totally obsessed with Iraq. Powell said : "Cheney has a fever. It is an absolute fever. It’s almost as if nothing else exists,” Apparently, Cheney spent an enormous amount of time convincing Bush to share his obsession.
Donald Rumsfeld told General Tommy Franks to develop a war plan for Iraq at the end of November, 2001, and gave him a blank check. Franks immediately began preparing for war, building pipelines and runways and doing preparation in Kuwait, while publicly denying that he was planning anything.
Franks was asked about invading Iraq in May 2002. He had been working on war plans for five months. But he said: “That’s a great question and one for which I don’t have an answer, because my boss has not yet asked me to put together a plan to do that.” So they lied to the American People about what they were planning.
In July, Franks needed 700 million dollars for all this stuff. A lot of money. Bush approved the money. But Congress didn't know he approved the money. The Bushies got the money from a supplemental appropriation for the Afghan War, which Congress has approved. NOT from money slated for Iraq, but money Congress approved for Afghanistan.
700 million dollars that we were told went to Afghanistan actually went to prepare for war in Iraq, before we were even told that they were planning a war in Iraq.
Woodward says, "Some people are gonna look at a document called the Constitution which says that no money will be drawn from the treasury unless appropriated by Congress. Congress was totally in the dark on this."
2) According to Woodward, Powell was opposed to the idea, but agreed to support it in the name of being a good soldier. B
But before Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld even told Powell that they had decided to go to war with Iraq - they told Saudi Arabia's Ambassador. Prince Bandar. Bandar was told about the plan even though the plan was marked "Top Secret. No Foreign." - which meant that no foreigners were allowed to see it. And Bandar - who very much favored us overthrowing Hussein - agreed to fix oil prices for George W. Bush, artificially lowering them in the October before Election Day to give the economy a upshot and make Bush look good for the election.
They revealed TOP SECRET WAR PLANS to a Saudi Arabian ambassador.
The country that gave us 15 out of the 19 hijackers.
The country that wouldn't let us interview suspects in the Khobar Towers attack.
The country that asked us to wisk members of Bin Laden's family out of the United States right after the September 11th attacks.
They told THEM about the Top Secret War Plans.
Before they told America's Secretary of State.
Folks - this is plain treason.
This is the sort of thing people go in front of a firing squad for.
Even the Congressional Republicans - if they have a shred of decency - should disown Bush and everything he stands for after this.
The American People CERTAINLY will.
The stench is deafening.
Bush is finished.
Thanks to Bob Woodward.