2009-06-02 If Elected, I'm Going to Invade Iraq

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<hide> <let name=data index=Date>2009-06-02</let> <let name=data index=Author>Sherwood Ross</let> <let name=data index=Source>GlobalResearch</let> <let name=data index=Topics>\US-Iraq/war/justifications\George W. Bush\mainstream media\Russ Baker\Washington Post\Los Angeles Times\war\news suppression</let> <let name=data index=URL>http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&articleId=13829</let> <let name=data index=Title>Governor Bush told Houston Journalist: If Elected "I'm Going to Invade Iraq"</let> <let name=data index=TitlePlain>If Elected, I'm Going to Invade Iraq</let>

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Two years before the 9/11 attacks on America, George W. Bushinvade Iraq

Bush made the comments about starting an aggressive war to veteran Houston Chronicle reporter Mickey Herskowitz, then working with Bush on his book A Charge To Keep, later brought out by publisher William Morrow.

This disclosure was uncovered by Russ Baker, an award-winning investigative reporter when he interviewed Herskowitz for his own book, Family of Secrets (Bloomsbury Press) about the Bush dynasty. However, Baker says, when he approached The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times with the potentially devastating story to President Bush prior to the 2004 presidential election, they declined to publish it.

In a new book, Media In Crisis (Doukathsan), Baker quotes Herskowitz as telling him: "He (Bush) said he wanted to do it (invade Iraq), and the reason he wanted to do it is he had been led to understand that you could not really have a successful presidency unless you were seen as commander-in-chief, unless you were seen as waging a war."

Bush told Herskowitz that his father (President George H.W. Bush) knew that from Panama and Reagan knew that from Grenada and... (UK Prime Minister) Maggie Thatcher knew this from the Falklands."

According to Baker, Bush told Herskowitz, "The ideal thing was a small war, and this is why Bush said nobody was going to be killed in Iraq because he thought it would be small war."

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