So many are abuzz about the excerpt from McClellan's book. Goes like this:
"The most powerful leader in the world had called upon me to speak on his behalf and help restore credibility he lost amid the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. So I stood at the White house briefing room podium in front of the glare of the klieg lights for the better part of two weeks and publicly exonerated two of the senior-most aides in the White House: Karl Rove and Scooter Libby
"There was one problem. It was not true.
"I had unknowingly passed along false information. And five of the highest ranking officials in the administration were involved in my doing so: Rove, Libby, the vice President, the President's chief of staff, and the president himself."Now, by this time it's hardly a secret that there are all sorts of dirty dealings in the Bush White House. But it's obvious that McClellan's claim here, even if 100% true, does not entail that there was wrong-doing on the part of any of the persons named. What he says is that the five named people were involved in McClellan's unknowingly passing on false information. Nothing in the above entails that any of the five people knew that they were passing on false info.
So, although there's a good chance that somebody in this mix was lying, and though it'd be good for the country if this matter were thoroughly investigated, nothing McClellan says here adds to our knowledge of the matter.
Finally, though, it's not clear why McClellan would be so upset about this. It's fairly clear to everyone who is paying attention that it is basically the job of the press secretary in the Bush White House to pass along false information. So c'mon, Scott. You knew the job was duplicitous when you took it. I could be wrong, of course, but I always just assumed that you knew what you were doing. In fact, that's why you weren't a stellar press secretary. Unlike Ari Fleischer or Tony Snow, you seemed to be genuinely embarrassed by some of the hogwash you were spouting.
But, anyway, the main point here is that I just don't see that we now know anything about all this that we didn't know a week ago.