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Hamlette Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 08:24 PM
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Did anyone read Bush at War? Woodward's first book.
I've been looking for my copy but I can't find it so I can't quote directly but I don't think it was the puff piece many people here think it was. I read it when it frist came out and can't remember details but I do remember thinking Woodward doesn't like Bush.

It was not as critical of Bush as it should have been. No doubt. It was clear Woodward liked and respected Powell and thought Bush was shallow and being led around by Cheney and Rumsfeld.

Anyone else here read it?
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Soup Bean Donating Member (757 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 08:25 PM
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1. I read it.
There were a lot of things in it that me me think, "why aren't people angry over this?" In fact, he mentioned a lot of the things that Clarke has said recently; Clarke qouted from "Bush at War" during the 911 Commission hearings....

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lastknowngood Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 08:28 PM
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2. You wont like it. It's a I love bush book
n/t
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Soup Bean Donating Member (757 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 08:30 PM
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3. I think it's worth re-assessing following recent events. n/t
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Hamlette Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 08:42 PM
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4. I read it
I didn't think it was an "I love Bush book" at all.

Is there anyone else here who actually read it?

Seems to me all the people who say it was an "I love Bush book" are the people who didn't read it.

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submerged99 Donating Member (299 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 08:54 PM
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5. I read it last summer and thought it was more pro than anti
I read this book last summer. I felt like the book was pro Bush because I felt it portrayed Bush as a resolute leader. However, as someone else has pointed out, the book details most of the contents that appear in "controversial" books by Clarke, O Neil. etc. When I read the book, I wondered why it didn't cause an uproar at the time. The "villian" in Bush as war seems to be Wolfowitz as he is always popping up in policy meetings to push an invasion of Iraq. Woodward also is alarmed at the free hand the CIA is given in the "war on terror." Despite what I felt was it's sympathetic portrayal of Bush and Co, I would recommend that DU'ers read it, as it confirms what Clark has recently stated.
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