In his new book “Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House” Peter Baker, a reporter for the New York Times writes that an unnamed senior official in the Bush White House told him, “The only reason we went into Iraq, I tell people now, is we were looking for somebody’s ass to kick. Afghanistan was too easy.”
This is not likely to come as a surprise to many. Many people felt from the beginning that Bush was spoiling for another fight after our initial successes in Afghanistan and he had been harboring a personal grudge against Saddam Hussein for some time.
Joe Wilson had shot the claim that Saddam was close to developing a nuclear weapon full of holes with his op-ed in the New York Times saying that what the administration’s conclusions of his findings in Niger were inaccurate with no evidence that Iraq had acquired or attempted to acquire uranium from the country.
The original claim that Saddam had somehow been involved in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon had already been debunked.
The book paints a picture of an increasingly frustrated and disillusioned Bush as the war wore on proving to be a much more difficult task than he had imagined. We quickly proved to be much less welcome than the administration had predicted we would be in its pitch to go in. The glowing prediction of the people greeting our troops with open arms and flowers quickly faded with the growing resistance that met them when the boots actually hit the ground.
You can see an excerpt from the book provided by ABC here.
Ed Schultz sums the Iraq War lies up nicely in the video below: