George W. Bush has already begun talking to his chosen biographer, Robert Draper, who in turn has been talking to the New York Times. The book is to be called “Dead Certain,” the ambiguity of which we could hardly expect Bush to have noticed. He doesn’t do nuance.
Another thing about Bush, he’s consistent. He doesn’t just lie to us, he lies to himself. Here is the Decider, showing how, dadgum it, he just goes right ahead and flat-out decides stuff! You could look it up. Hadley took notes.
And in apparent reference to the invasion of Iraq, he continued, “This group-think of ‘we all sat around and decided’ — there’s only one person that can decide, and that’s the president…”
Mr. Bush acknowledged one major failing of the early occupation of Iraq when he said of disbanding the Saddam Hussein-era military, “The policy was to keep the army intact; didn’t happen.”
But when Mr. Draper pointed out that Mr. Bush’s former Iraq administrator, L. Paul Bremer III, had gone ahead and forced the army’s dissolution and then asked Mr. Bush how he reacted to that, Mr. Bush said, “Yeah, I can’t remember, I’m sure I said, ‘This is the policy, what happened?’ ” But, he added, “Again, Hadley’s got notes on all of this stuff,” referring to Stephen J. Hadley, his national security adviser.