Suskind: "The White House had concocted a fake letter…to Saddam, backdated to July 1, 2001"

The Politico, may again have bought a book critical of the Bush administration which was supposed to be embargoed. At 11:51, on August 5, Mike Allen posted “Book says White House ordered forgery,” about Ron Suskind’s (email, website). The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism, out from Doubleday Canada had an August 5 publication date. So, Allen is a fast reader or didn’t finish the book prior to reporting.

Another book, What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and What’s Wrong with Washington by Scott McClellan, which I posted about on May 29, raised a storm on the right blogosphere after Politico wrote about it while it definitely still was embargoed. Peter Osnos, the publisher talks about the reaction the book received on his blog for The Century Foundation, The Platform, here, here and here.

Discussion of Suskind’s book has yet to catch on at the right-leaning blogs. There, it seems that the meme so far is on Obama is losing steam, at least as of 1:50 p.m., when I checked on Memorandum. Instead, here are the sources discussing Suskind’s book:

There have been so many exposes about this administration that I sometimes wonder if we will ever have a repeat of Watergate, where a President resigns after revelations of alleged wrongdoing. Is this because the public is jaded about malfeasance or because most in Congress are loyalists and there are no members of the stature of a Barry Goldwater calling a President from their her own party out.

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