Thursday, May 29, 2008

Scott McClellan's awakening

Yesterday Scott (former White House press secretary) was all over the news because of his explosive accusations at his former boss and colleagues in his new book coming out this weekend. Everyone's asking why now? Why didn't he do that when he was part of the administration. Which is the basic question anyone asks an author writing critically about his past employers. He did that too..

Jake Tapper from Political Punch dug up some past quotes by Scottie when he was the press secretary about a book written by Richard Clarke criticizing the administration. Here's the snippet:
McClellan also took issue with the book by former Bush White House counter-terrorism czar Richard Clarke, "Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror," on March 22, 2004:

McCLELLAN: Well, why, all of a sudden, if he had all these grave concerns, did he not raise these sooner? This is one-and-a-half years after he left the administration. And now, all of a sudden, he's raising these grave concerns that he claims he had. And I think you have to look at some of the facts. One, he is bringing this up in the heat of a presidential campaign. He has written a book and he certainly wants to go out there and promote that book. Certainly let's look at the politics of it. His best buddy is Rand Beers, who is the principal foreign policy advisor to Senator Kerry's campaign. The Kerry campaign went out and immediately put these comments up on their website that Mr. Clarke made. ...

His answer to why he waited?..
“The White House would prefer that I not talk openly about my experiences,”