The SCLM turned down a story about Stupie von Bunnypants wanting to invade Iraq before he even became resident.
Bush and his advisers had Iraq on their minds long before weapons inspectors had finished their work - and long before alleged Iraqi ties with terrorists became a central rationale for war.
[J]ournalist and author Russ Baker says he had a taped interview of Bush’s onetime biographer in which he says Commander Codpiece told him he intended to invade Iraq as early as 1999, during his presidential campaign.
‘One of the keys to being seen as a great leader is to be seen as a commander-in-chief,’ Bush told ghostwriter Mickey Herskowitz. ‘My father had all this political capital built up when he drove the Iraqis out of Kuwait and he wasted it,’ adding ‘If I have a chance to invade... if I had that much capital, I’m not going to waste it.”
In a column published Tuesday, Baker said that his story was turned down by the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post.
Baker described the Post as “scared because of the Dan Rather thing, and they said to me, ‘What do you have in the way of evidence?’”
The author says he replied, “‘Here’s a tape of Mickey Herskowitz, who’s published 20-some books, long-time journalist of the Houston Chronicle, friend of the Bush family, telling me this story.”
He says a Post editor said, “It’s not enough. In this climate, we need Bush on tape saying this.”