'IT ISN'T ABOUT TERRORISM BECAUSE THERE IS NO LINK TO SADDAM - IT ISN'T ABOUT LIBERATING IRAQI PEOPLE BECAUSE WE AREN'T LIBERATING OTHER OPPRESSED NATIONS - 25 MCH 2003'
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WILEY: Karl Rove's Greatest Creation - Bush's Brain
How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush
Mar 25, 2003 (M2 PRESSWIRE via COMTEX) -
How did a man who reportedly showed little interest in government or knowledge of politics rise to become President of the United States with an approval rating of over 70 percent? Many believe that the strength of the Bush machine lies not in its leader, but in Karl Rove, the man who picked Bush to run for the Texas governorship, tutored him on the workings of government, and ran brilliant campaigns to sweep him into the Presidency.
Moore and Slater detail the making of Karl Rove's greatest creation, George W. Bush, and the continuing efforts to keep him on top. This look at the Bush organisation will shine a light on its most important and powerful advisor, Rove, and how he has shaped George W. Bush and his administration.
With the recent departure of Karen Hughes (Senior Presidential Advisor and White House Counselor), Karl Rove has become the single most important advisor to George W. Bush.
Bush's Brain show how Rove's strategic decisions are determining US foreign policy for the Bush administration.
* Shows that Rove's hand can be seen in almost every presidential decision from the ware on terrorism to the Middle East crisis
* Features previously unreported information on the Bush campaign
* Centres on debate around Bush's mental capacity - is he an underestimated genius or a puppet for his political handlers?
James Moore is an Emmy award winning TV news correspondent with more than a quarter of a century of print and broadcast experience. He has traveled extensively on every Presidential campaign since 1976. His reports have appeared on CNN, NBC, and CBS. His professional honors include: an Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Edward R.
Murrow Award from the Radio Television News Director's Association, and the individual Broadcast Achievement Award from the Texas Headliners' Foundation.
Wayne Slater is the bureau chief of the Dallas Morning News in Austin, Texas. Mr Slater traveled full time for 18 months covering the presidential campaign of George W. Bush. He is a regular TV guest, appearing frequently on CNN, NBC, ABC and C-Span.
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Bush's Brain How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential By James Moore and Wayne Slater To be published by John Wiley 10th April 2003, ISBN: 0-471-42327-0 GBP18.50 Hardback
The authors of Bush's Brain, James Moore and Wayne Slater, are available to be interviewed about the following subjects related to the Bush administration and the prosecution of the war with Iraq.
George W. Bush's Decision-Making Process
Having reported on Mr. Bush and his key advisors, in particular Karl Rove, for more than a decade, Moore and Slater can provide important insight into the way the president arrives at a decision. They know the dynamics of the relationships, who has more influence, and what each of them will be telling the president.
Moore and Slater have experience talking to Bush on a number of subjects and they know his thinking on various topics such as oil, the Middle East, terrorism, the economy, and his re-election.
One of the great motivational factors of this Bush presidency is the desire to not repeat the mistakes of the father. Every meeting with the war council and senior staff is guided by this unspoken mandate. But the authors know the nature of discussions within the Oval Office, after years of close observation of the relationships the president values and how those individuals will influence him.
How The President And The Bush Team Convinced America The War Was Necessary
The authors have studied both the politics and the decision makers in this process and have several observations on how this was accomplished.
The Role Of Religion In The Iraqi War
George Bush is a man who once told a Jewish reporter that Jews would not go to heaven because they did not believe in Jesus Christ.
He and his advisors understand even less about the Arab world. While the entire Arab world wants Saddam removed, they do not trust the country doing the removal.
The U.S. has a long history of supporting oppressive regimes in the Arab world, putting in power leaders who mistreated their own people. There would have been no Khomeini in Iran, nor American hostages, if the U.S. had not propped up the Shah for so long, gave him money and military might.
Moderate Arabs expect the U.S. and other western countries to use up all of Iraq's oil reserves to serve their own economies and not the Arab people. While Mr. Bush believes he is a part of God's divine plan in dealing with Iraq, he refuses to acknowledge that Arabs, including Iraqis, believe God is on their side.
Fundamentalist Christians, who comprise much of the conservative base needed for Mr. Bush's re-election, like what is happening with the war. They see their fate intertwined with that of Israel and for biblical scripture to play out as recorded, Israel's fate must be made secure by the U.S.
The Bush administration refuses to acknowledge that the only thing the Arab world hates more than Saddam Hussein is the idea that American troops will soon be occupying sacred, Arab soil.
He was so inept on the matter of religion, that when he first began speaking of the campaign to get rid of Saddam, Mr. Bush referred to it as a crusade, unaware of the great, historical weight that term carries in that part of the world.
What's Next? - The Expansion Of The American Empire
The same advisors, who convinced Mr Bush the world had changed after 9/11 and that he needed to go after Saddam, will still have his ear.
They are likely to convince him that Iran needs to be stabilized. Iraq will be used as a base to press the war on terrorism further. U.S. troops can be expected to make incursions into Syria, Pakistan, Iran, and elsewhere that there are likely terrorist influences.
Iran, however, will become a target for takeover, in much the same way Iraq was conquered. The White House has avoided telling the American public of the great bitterness within Iraq between the Shi'a and Sunni sects.
After the fall of Baghdad, the Shi'a can be expected to exact revenge for 25 years of oppression, murder, and torture. Scholars of Islam predict brutal massacres and street warfare, after Saddam is deposed.
To the north, the Turks have long had their eyes on Kurdish oil fields. They might end up fighting the Kurds for control while the various Kurdish factions kill each other for that same control.
To the east, it is not improbable that Iran will try a land grab along its border with Iraq. The U.S. military will be asked to stabilize all of this in order to bring in American economic interests to rebuild the oil fields. The war against Iraq has the potential to be Vietnam without the trees.
The War And Presidential Politics
In Jan. 2002, Bush senior advisor Karl Rove told Republicans that they could run their mid-term elections on the war. In June, a diskette of Rove's was found outside the White House, which suggested the same thing.
After the mid-terms, a memo from political director Ken Mehlman was leaked, with the plan, entitled, "Run on the war in '04." U.S. troops will still be occupying Iraq in Nov. of '04. The White House will be asking voters to re-elect Mr. Bush so that he can finish the war on terrorism.
But will it work? The American economy shows no signs of recovery and voter patience for open-ended wars disappeared with the Vietnam conflict. The timing of this war, a little over a year ahead of re-election, is almost precisely the same as that of the first Gulf War, prosecuted by Mr. Bush's father. And the economy may be worse than the one his father could not help. Does this mean an historical repeat for the Bush family?
Also, if Saddam disappears, and no body can be found, Mr. Bush may not get the complete victory he needs for political success in '04. There will be no trace of either Saddam or bin Laden after much American suffering, and high unemployment.
Domestically, the president is pursuing record deficits to pay for the war, even though his party has spent decades complaining that Democrats were on the verge of ruining the country with high deficits.
How will this impact voter choice? Most likely, they can be expected to vote based on their economic situations, not on the war with Iraq. Mr Bush may win his war with Iraq but lose his battle for re-election.
IT'S ABOUT OIL, NOT TERRORISM
A recently declassified
presidential document from the first Bush administration reveals the
policy of the US toward dictators in control of oil. The
executive order clearly describes the American refusal to tolerate any
restriction over the flow of oil, especially as it relates to Iraq.
It's about oil, up to 200 billion barrels in the ground beneath Iraq, possibly more than in Saudi Arabia. That means it is about jobs and the economy in America. Unfortunately, the president has not been honest about this fact with the American people. If he were, support for the attack would disappear.
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