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elehhhhna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 04:48 PM
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The Readers Guide To "State of Denial"
Edited on Mon Oct-09-06 04:48 PM by elehhhhna
Page 80: After the 9/11 attacks, the 41st president called Bandar and asked him to check up on his son. "He's having a bad time, help him out."

Page 98: Col. Steve Rotkoff, a senior military intelligence officer, wrote brilliant war haikus, one of which touched on the secretary of defense:

Rumsfeld is a dick
Won't flow the forces we need
We will be too light.

Page 260: By October 2003, Woodward writes: "There is little or no evidence that engaged in much substantive policy debate at this point in the war cabinet meetings. His role was to express confidence and enthusiasm."

and much much much MORE:http://www.slate.com/id/2150955/
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YDogg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 04:52 PM
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1. I like the haiku!
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tocqueville Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 04:56 PM
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2. from the book : Bush didn't know about NK
// George W. pulled Bandar aside.
Bandar, I guess youre the best asshole who knows about the world. Explain to me one thing.
Governor, what is it?
Why should I care about North Korea?
Bandar said he didnt really know. It was one of the few countries that he did not work on for King Fahd.
I get these briefings on all parts of the world, Bush said, and everybody is talking to me about North Korea.
Ill tell you what, Governor, Bandar said. One reason should make you care about North Korea.
All right, smart alek, Bush said, tell me.
The 38,000 American troops right on the border. If nothing else counts, this counts. One shot across the border and you lose half these people immediately. You lose 15,000 Americans in a chemical or biological or even regular attack. The United State of America is at war instantly.
Hmmm, Bush said. I wish those assholes would put things just point-blank to me. I get half a book telling me about the history of North Korea.
Now I tell you another answer to that. You dont want to care about North Korea anymore? Bandar asked. The Saudis wanted America to focus on the Middle East and not get drawn into a conflict in East Asia.
I didnt say that, Bush replied.
But if you dont, you withdrawl those troops back. Then it becomes a local conflict. Then you have the whole time to decide, Should I get involved? Not involved? Etc.
At that moment, Colin Powell approached.
Colin, Bush said, come here. Bandar and I were shooting the bull, just two fighter pilots shooting the bull. He didnt mention the topic.
Mr. Governor, Bandar said, General Powell is almost a fighter pilot. He can shoot the bull almost as good as us.

Bob Woodward
State of Denial
2006

confirmed here :

http://www.calendarlive.com/books/cl-et-book2oct02,0,37...

One of the more troubling subplots running through "State of Denial" involves Prince Bandar, the long-time Saudi ambassador to the United States. By Woodward's account, when then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush decided to run for president, his worried father enlisted Bandar, an old family friend, to tutor the son on foreign policy. When Bandar arrived in Austin, the younger Bush blithely observed that while he had lots of ideas about domestic policies he didn't have a clue about foreign affairs. The Saudi took him under his wing, but he proved a trying pupil, who addressed his mentor as "asshole" and "smart aleck." (Perhaps this is how hereditary princelings affectionately address each other?) At one point, the younger Bush peevishly demanded to know why he needed "to care about North Korea." Bandar pointed out that, if he became president, he would have 35,000 American troops sitting on the DMZ.

see thread here

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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lapfog_1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 05:09 PM
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3. OK, I was going to pass on it... because of Woodwards last
book. But now I have to buy it and read it.
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