August 5th, 2008
04:58 PM ET

Book claims President Bush ordered forgery to justify Iraq war

Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say.(PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

A new book says President Bush committed an impeachable offense, ordering the CIA to forge a letter to bolster his case for war in Iraq.

These explosive charges are contained in a new book, "The Way of the World" by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind. He says he spoke on the record with U.S. intelligence officials who said that President Bush was informed in January 2003 that Saddam Hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction. The president's response to this information was reportedly "F- it. We're going in." Three months later, the U.S. invaded Iraq using a forged document as its rationale, according to Suskind.

He writes that the White House called on the CIA to concoct the forged letter from the head of Iraqi intelligence to Saddam Hussein. It was backdated to before 9/11 and indicated that one of the hijackers, Mohammed Atta, had trained for his mission in Iraq, according to Suskind. The phony letter, he writes, was designed to prove a non existent link between Hussein and al Qaeda.

Watch: Cafferty: W.H. forged letter?

Meanwhile, that head of Iraqi intelligence, who told British intelligence sources that Iraq had no active nuclear, chemical or biological weapons and no WMD was "resettled" in Jordan with the CIA's help and paid $5 million in hush money, Suskind writes.

Suskind calls Mr. Bush's actions "one of the greatest lies in modern American political history" and suggests they constitute a crime worse than Watergate.

The White House is pushing back hard, calling Suskind's claims "absurd" and describing his work as "gutter journalism" including "wild allegations that no one can verify." Former CIA director George Tenet ridicules the credibility of Suskind's sources and calls the White House directive to forge a letter "a complete fabrication."

Here’s my question to you: What does it mean if the White House ordered the CIA to forge a letter in order to bolster its case for war in Iraq?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Tom from Boston writes:
It means we should be ashamed as Americans. Bill Clinton was impeached for not being honest about his sexual indiscretion. George W. Bush misled Congress and the public about Iraq, condoned the torture of prisoners, authorized illegal electronic surveillance, and refused to comply with subpoenas to name a few. And yet he will walk away scot-free. It's times like this that make me want to move to New Zealand!

John writes:
Call a special session of Congress to investigate these charges now! To hell with the Olympics, this is the drama America really wants to see! If these charges prove to be true we should show the world how we are willing to impeach a sitting, lame duck president, and correct our mistakes in public!

Rob from Winnipeg writes:
To put it simply: the Bush administration made you all out for fools. Then proved themselves right. How you ever re-elected this bum is beyond me. Good luck.

Kirk writes:
If true, then Bush, Cheney etc. deserve to be clapped in irons, held for trial and executed for treason.

Joanne from Blaine, Maine writes:
So why am I not surprised? George Bush is not only the worst president in the history of this country, he's also the biggest criminal. And he's gotten away with it all! What is wrong with this Congress? He should have been impeached and criminally charged years ago!

Susan writes:
Ah, to be the torch-bearer in this crusade! It is time to investigate every minute indiscretion of the Bush administration. Suskind is a well-respected journalist who finally reveals what could be the truth about our invasion of Iraq. If Bush is innocent of forgery, there ought to be no problem with a thorough investigation. Let the games begin.

Tom from Denver writes:
Suskind and Woodward and Clarke and McClellan? How many more books does the American public need before it realizes that this administration has done something terribly wrong?

Filed under: President George Bush • War in Iraq
soundoff (195 Responses)
  1. A Kraft Naples, FL

    not a damn thing...I shudder to think what we do not know and may never know what else this fool did....no one seems to care enough to try this bunch for war crimes either...shows just how low this congress has sunk

    August 5, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  2. Diane, Barneveld, NY

    Just add it to the list. It means nothing because nothing will be done. It shouldn't surprise anyone if it is true.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  3. Deb, Allentown, PA

    Jack, it wouldn't surprise me. What it means is that Nancy Pelosi should eat her words about impeachment being off the table. Everyone in the Bush administration involved in this should be, at the least, impeached. More appropriately, they should all be arrested for conspiracy to commit murder and greater war crimes.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  4. kioko,Cary Nc

    What,s there to think–It,s criminal.Round them up and take them downtown to face the law.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  5. Beartrack Truckee,CA

    What a surprise? I think not. Get over it America, you voted into office the worst bunch of criminals ever. Now, do what's right and throw them all out, and then prosecute them for treason.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  6. Jim in BC

    After he leaves office, a new book on Bush's secret operations will come out. It will be titled The Second Book of Revelations, revealing many more of the secrecies from the Bush White House than this one letter.

    But why should he care?

    August 5, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  7. Jim in Puyallup

    George Bush should be impeached, that is if we have figured out what the definition of "is" is.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  8. Jerry--- Roselle, Illinois

    Come on Jack, what's a little white lie among friends.
    Surely your not talking about thousands of lives lost or
    billions of dollars spent are you?

    August 5, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  9. circy in New Mexico

    Nothing the Bush administration does or has done surprises me anymore. I thought Adolph Hitler was one of the worst national leaders of all time. That is, until George Bush came along. Maybe because his father was once director of the CIA, and he learned how to lie, cheat and steal at an early age, all the while keeping that blank stare on his face.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  10. JT in NYC

    It might just be the smoking gun everyone has been waiting for. Let's just hope it proves to be true.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  11. Marc, Canada

    Hopefuly the "Straight Talk Express" takes note.

    I have this ugly feeling that John McWar would place us in a head on collision with Iran and many other Muslim nations throughout the world.

    No more unjustified wars without fully exhausting all other avenues first.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  12. Willow, Sheldon Iowa

    It means they have to devise lies to get what they want. And why do they want this? Oil profits or money from Halliburton and Blackwater. There is an interview online with Seymour Hersh, Nobel Prize winner, who was with Cheney in his VP office, discussing how we could get into a war with Iran and have the American population back them. One idea was to make Iranian boats, and have Americans dressed like Iranians come near the big destroyer, and have them shooting back and forth at each other. they decided against that because they didn't want Americans shooting at each other. I have the link on newsvine, if you want.

    The GOP wants to do what they want, in whatever way they can, so everybody else looks like the bad guy. this has been ongoing for the past 70 years. When you look back to the 30s, and the Bush family, the harrimans, the rockefellers, the Walkers, they have been using the American public to get what they want.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  13. bob, oshawa, ontario

    Jack, so what? Do you honestly think that anything will be done to nullify the dictatorial powers of the Bush administration at this stage of his presidency? Judging by the presidential polls, McCain just may be elected president. Americans seem to indicate they are not so much for a new direction in the leadership of their country and would be content with four more years of experienced leadership.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  14. Chuck

    It means absolutely NOTHING. No one in our Congress will do anything about it. Pitiful isn't it?

    August 5, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  15. Steve

    Why are you implying as fact,what is only a rumor or claim by another individual. These smear tactics,are horrible. It is looking like George Bush is a much better man than you all are!

    August 5, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  16. Don in Grand Rapids, Mi


    You folks will do anything to blame our President for anything. This is the worest BS that you have ever put out. Next thing you'll be saying is that it's Bush stain on Monica's blue dress. Why, please tell me are you media creeps trying to destroy our great country?

    Perhaps we need to draft you folks and sent you in as replacements in Iraq!

    August 5, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  17. Jenny Rome Ga

    Maybe it means we shold not have been there in the first place.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  18. Tom in Desoto Texas

    It would cpoonfirm the entire war was George Bush's idea. Make the "facts" add up to the results. Make it backwards compatiable, the end justifies the means.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  19. Pablo in Arlington Texas

    Well Jack, i wouldn't put it past him. Bush & Cheney make it a habit to lie about evcrything. Guess they are afraid they will forget how to if they ever stop. No bloody fear of that. Suskinds reputation is pretty solid. Between the two, I'll put my trust in the ink stained wretch rather than the wretched president.

    Pablo in Arlington, Texas

    August 5, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  20. Terry from North Carolina

    Are you suprised ? This war was farce from the beginning. It was Georges war and no one since it started had the guts to go up against this administration and put a stop to it. As a result we have lost four thousand plus valuable lives and how many wounded that will never be the same. This is Georges legacy.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  21. Paula from Georgia

    Yes, Bush and Cheney ran their campaign for going to Iraq for almost 2 years before hand. You guys didn't put them through the third degree to Challenge their claims. When confronted by other people on the truth before it began. You aided and abeted Bush and company to demonize that person. That's where you guys failed your job. You forgot what your job is. With Clinton, you always remember? He's one of us, You dare him to think HE can or will be allow to move up any ladder. He always got the third degree, Still does.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  22. Mike

    Business as usual.
    Mike CA

    August 5, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  23. Kerry

    It's funny Jack, I always thought he did that and much more..and I've never read the book yet..It's like to movie came out and now a book is written about it...

    August 5, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  24. Mike, Albuquerque, NM

    It means impeachment, conviction and jail.
    For the deaths of American soldiers.
    For the deaths of a million Iraqis.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  25. Chad , Los Angeles

    It means that what most informed citizens already know. Bush should be impeached!

    But at this point, how much good can come of impeachment now? We might want to look forward and forget about the lamest duck in history. Forget about the Clinton impeachment, no matter how pale his actions were in comparison to Bush's. Lets let it go and MOVE ON!

    August 5, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  26. Terri-Ann, Dallas, TX

    It justifies what we thought. Bush Jr. had to find a way to "justify" fighting his daddy's unfinished war.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  27. Esther Marie Cuyahoga Falls OhiO

    Benedict Arnold live!!

    August 5, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  28. John in Atlanta

    Jack, if that happened then President Bush is guilty of far more than conspiracy, forgery, and abuse of office. He MUST be tried for treason and murder. My Lord. I can't even express an opinion.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  29. Helena

    Clearwater, FL
    It means that lie after lie is being exposed and nothing will be done about it. With Bush having the courts fixed with his cronies, they won't do one thing to punish him, Cheney or anyone else in the most crooked administration in the history of the US of A.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  30. Ed from Durango, Colorado

    Jack.... it means probably nothing as this administration is and has been totally corrupt and out of control since day one and to this day no one has yet been held accountable. And it does not surprise at all that bush would forge a letter. He has done nothing but tell lie after lie throughout his term in office. It is sad and pathetic that this man and his accomplices who have ruined this country for generations to come are not all in jail where they belong. Of course it would take backbone to call for impeachment, something Pelosi and company don't have much of. Maybe if bush had a sexual encounter in the oval office.........?

    August 5, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  31. sandra/canada

    Dear Jack: I believe it is just the tip of the iceberg. Bush/Cheney were intent on pushing their own agenda no matter what the cost to the American and Iraqi people. And for what? Is America any safer? Thousands of young soldiers have lost their lives,tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians killed, cities and towns reduced to rubble, and the lid has been blown off centuries of tribal animosity. The entire free world has lived on pins and needles for nearly eight years wondering what the current administration will do next to lead us all down a path of destruction. I think there will be a lot more revelations about the Bush presidency. As far as I am concerned the worst crime they committed was using the grief over 911 to manipulate the people. I think it is heartbreaking.


    August 5, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  32. Ralph in New York City

    What else is new, Jack; many times have leaders from both sides of the aisle tricked the people to follow their own desires.Looking back on Pearl Harbor, didn't Roosevelt want to shake a sleeping nation out of neutrality, regardless of how many of our troops were killed? This is just history repeating itself.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  33. Jeremy D (University of Texas)

    One ruler subverts democracy to overthrow and kill another ruler who was cast out as a heretic [to democracy]. Sounds medievil, but its just the Cowboy politics of the Bush Administration. This doesn't matter since Congress doesn't seem to think lying to the American populace and costing over 4,000 troops their lives isn't cause for oversight. If they don't care, why should we?

    August 5, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  34. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    It means that bush and his cronies are guilty of treason and should be charged with the murder of everyone that has died in his phony war. We don't need impeachment. He should be indicted on treason charges immediately. I never thought that a president of the United States would stoop so low to bring dishonor and humiliation to the American people.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  35. Beverly -NYC

    Well Duh!!! Do you think Cheney made multiple trips to CIA headquarters because he liked their cafeteria? This administration lied about WMD 's, & accomplished missions. It means that the President and VP should be IMPEACHED with the same tenacity employed against Bill Clinton. When Clinton lied nobody died.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  36. Ed Reed

    This White House discussed disguising one our own planes as a UN plane with the intent to provoke an attack on it by Iraq to bolster their case for war. More recently, this White House discussed disguising one our own boats as Iranian and then firing on our own vessels in the Strait of Hormuz in hope of being able to "retaliate" against Iran. There's also the case of the forged letter which said Iraq was trying to acquire uranium from Niger....hhmmm.

    Ed Reed
    Port Aransas, TX

    August 5, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  37. Candace Royal Oak, MI

    This is just another new piece of the Bush Legacy. One in a long list of impeachable offenses made by the Bush administration and company. Why would this be news. We know he lied to us about the war. Yeah he forged his own information. That is just Bush doing the Karl Rove CYA.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  38. peter canada

    The guestion is,Who ordered Bush to order forgery to justify the Iraq War

    August 5, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  39. Dan, Maryland

    It just means that our executive branch of government can be just as bad as a tyrant. Our founding fathers set up our constitution to give the majority of power to the congress. It's time to get back to that Jack.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  40. Christie, South Carolina

    Bush should be prosecuted for this and so many other crimes. It is sad that none of this will ever happen though. Lying about infidelity is far more important than any war crimes or treason. Maybe Bush had sex with his secretary!

    August 5, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  41. Monty Squier

    It means that Congress must begin impeachment hearings on George W. Bush and his administration immediately, before the Long War Liar-Decider-in-Chief begins bombing and killing civilians in Iran. Plus, I really can’t afford higher gas prices.

    El Paso, TX

    August 5, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  42. Vivian Fauntleroy, Largo, MD

    Jack, it means that Nancy Pelosi needs to dust off impeachment and put it smack dab in the middle of the table. And we Americans need to understand that our personal and collective pain at the thought of going through another impeachment process, pails against this Administration's repeated desecratation of our Constitution.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  43. Pippie in Prunedale, CA

    Dear Mr. Cafferty, It means that the White House is the official home of the Surreptitious Warmongers, Satin's favorite team. Today my teacher taught us about the three branches of government. First of all, there's the Supreme Court branch–9 crusty old judges with lifetime contracts who interpret the laws. Then there's the Congress branch–a whole bunch of lazy, criminal lawyers who make the laws when they're not on vacation and when they decide to get around to it. And lastly, there's the Executioner branch–a crooked President and his felonious posse of brutal, savage, unindicted co-conspirators who break the laws. Are you impressed Mr. Cafferty? Do I get a gold star?

    August 5, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  44. Allan Hanson Cameron Park Ca.

    How much proof do you need. There is plenty of proof that the top priiority of this Administration was to get Saddam. All the neo-cons wanted to "finish " the job daddy didn't. Why else was his Cabinet loaded with them?
    If King George lied about sex he would be impeached, lying to enter a war apparantly is not. Odd isn't it.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  45. Matt Warner

    If the allegation can be proven, then it would mean the leader of our country deliberately lied and misled those who put him in power to justify a war the American people have paid for with a trillion dollars and over 4000 lives. He should be impeached and brought up on charges, so as to prove that law still rules America, not the whim of a single man on a power trip.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  46. Jay-Mississipi

    Jack; this means what I and many have argued for so long. No leadership, no judgment. The war is a tragedy we should get out now and not in 16 months. Bush and his conspirators should be tried. Their behavior is more than a betrayal of public confidence, but it is tantamount to high treason.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  47. Terry, Chandler AZ

    It means I can say "I told you so" to the Bush lovers (both of them) at work. And Jack, we have over 30 people in my office.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  48. Mary - California

    Nothing surprises me that the Bush Administration has done.They have lied about the war, they have cheated the American people and maintained the image of corruption. Bush and his buddies should have all been impeached months ago.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  49. Jerry from WV

    It means that congress should come back off recess, as the republicans are demanding, and debate not off-shore drilling, but the impeachment of Bush. If true, this would be worse than Watergate.
    Apparently, Nancy Pelosi was a bit premature in taking impeachment off the table.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  50. Patsy

    Jack, Does war crime trials come to mind? George Bush should be tried for war crimes and mass murder. He is the epitomy of evil. Bet this doesn't even pass the smell test of your screeners. Patsy from Atkinson, NE.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  51. Len in Clarkston, WA

    It means more evidence at his war crimes trial. Impeachment is nothing....empty...This whole thing is much more serious than "Impeachment." What a disgrace.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  52. Mark - Asheville, NC

    It's not even slightly surprising. This will be just one more tidbit that will cause future historians to wonder why the former Texas governor was allowed to get away with his crimes.

    Nixon's coverup of Watergate was a mere prank compared to GWB's lying us into a war, yet Nixon would have been impreached and removed had he not resigned. And there are those who actually think that Clinton's hanky panky in the Oval Office was worse than causing an unjust war. But the current Senate is milquetoast and worthless; you couldn't get ten votes there for conviction of bush and cheney if you had to!! What a difference a generation makes!!

    August 5, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  53. Charles

    It does not surprise me that Bush would lie to us and cheat to get his way. Remember his debate with Senator Kerry and the bulge in the back of Bush's suit jacket. The bulge was holding the device so that Bush could be fed answers to debate questions. That was cheating, which was probably how he was able to sustain a C average in college.

    Charles from South Texas

    August 5, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  54. Will, Maryland

    It means the American people are gullable.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  55. Susan from Ga

    Nothing. Unless Congress gets off it's butt to Really impeach this man, and have him charged with war crimes, he will toodle off to Crawford with a smirk on his face.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  56. Helen

    I am willing to blame the Bush administration for my mother's death and she died with cancer. I don't give this administration the benefit of the doubt anymore. They are so awful.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  57. Greg, Hamilton Ontario

    It means that the millions if not billions of dollars the US spends on it is a complete and total waste. The information is suppose to flow one way. They collect it and send it up the chain of command not creat it and then tell the subordinates to prove the creation in someway. It's ludicrous and all Americans should be seathing with anger, when you consider what it lead to in American lives and casualties.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  58. Conor in Chicago


    I think it speaks volumes that more Americans are inclined to believe this author than they are Bush. Of course I refuse to get excited about any of this. It's not like the "Political Corporation" plans to do anything abou this...

    August 5, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  59. Jatovi NC

    You mean to tell me Bush, Rove, Cheany, McCain's golf buddy the Bush senior who has very close ties with the CIA, the CIA itself, and others in their group did wrong and lied to the country, say it ain't so!

    August 5, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  60. Judie from St. Augustine, Fl.

    If this is true it is just one more thing in a long list of things that we the American public were not supposed to know. You know Jack we elect them, give them all this power and then damn them when things go wrong and they glorify themselves when things go right. Sounds about right doesn't it. Ours is not a perfect system but until someone fixes it it's the only one we have and it's still a whole lot better than a lot of other nations.
    St. Augustine, Fl

    August 5, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  61. JS

    The most alarming thing for me right now is the fact that everyone seems to just shrug Bush's crimes off as just another one, we are becoming a third world crime ridden society.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  62. Juliet Dowling

    I am speechless. SPEECHLESS. It means that the President must be impeached. What else can it mean?

    Bethlehem PA

    August 5, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  63. Scott - Wichita, Kansas

    Absolutely Nothing, Jack. You need a vote from Congress to impeach the president, and they're all on vacation! The only ones still at work are the ones who'd vote against Impeachment anyways!

    August 5, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  64. Larry, Ohio

    Jack,why aren't we talking about the new book that exposes Obama for what he really,is just another left wing pandering politician!!!!

    August 5, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  65. Deborah from North Port, FL

    It means that whistleblowers like Richard Clarke and Joseph Wilson were slimed by the Bush administration for daring to tell the truth: Bush, Cheney, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld and Co. were taking this country to war against Iraq come hell or high water. Then Bin Laden gave them the biggest political windfall imaginable: 9/11. The American people cowered in fear and gave Bush a green light and a blank check. The whole lot of Bushies should be sent to The Hague.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  66. kenneth sibbett

    Come on Jack, would't you do anything in the world, including forgeing document, lying to the American prople and torturing innocent people if someone tried to kill your Daddy.

    Kenneth Chadbourn N.C.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  67. Ron, Hood River Oregon

    Mmmmm, lets see........Nothing! According to Bush and the Justice Department, the President can do whatever he wishes! Another reason not to extend this thinking for 4 more years!

    August 5, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  68. Shafi Alam

    If the White House really ordered the CIA to do that, it means that President Bush didn’t care for the currently visible severe inconveniences in the people’s lives in both the USA and Iraq, and deaths of thousands of patriotic American soldiers and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  69. Keith - Cleveland

    It means Jack, that Watergate NOW looks like childs play. It means that the blood of over 3,000 american servicemen and women are on his hands, plus tens of thousands of Iraqi citizens.

    If all of this is true, and George W. is not punished it's because our government is more corrupt than we had already thought.

    Crimes like this cannot go unpunished.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  70. Marie from Selwyn

    Well Jack the truth is John McCain is right in there with Bush and Cheney when it comes to Iraq.

    Remember, McCain has blindly supported the war and he was Chairman of The Armed Services Committe.

    So much for the experience so many Americans seem to want to see in their next President.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  71. Marty

    It means it is another case of this administration committing treason. But not to worry, it will be forgiven as long as they character assassinate the whistle blower by use of the media and then spew out some sorry political explanation, repeating it enough times to make their party members believe it is true.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  72. W. W.

    It means that "W" will get a Gold Star, because The House and Senate does not have enough backbone to do anything about it.

    W. W. TX

    August 5, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  73. Vinny Connecticut

    Here we go again, Jack! Your question is so "loaded" that it's ridiculous. The big word is IF yet your question makes it sound like it's true. Now all your regular Bush hating posters go wild with "impeachment, war crimes, war criminals etc" Why do you always do this? Can't you be unbiased? Suskind is an AUTHOR trying to sell his book. Shame on you once again, Jack, for using this "garbage" as a question.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  74. Joe, Arlington, Virginia

    It means we invaded Iraq for reasons other than WMD. My theory is that the neocons in the White House actually believed the UN inspectors when they found no arms. So Iraq would be simple to knock off, thus giving US oil companies permanent control of their oil. All the White House had to do was come up with a believable scam that involved yellow cake, aluminum tubes and links to terrorists. It worked....except for the insurgency of course.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  75. George

    Not diddley squat. Haven't you heard, the White House has Executive power to do anything they please.. It will be squashed just like everything else, for example the Valery Plame case, the torture case, and many other cases. Too bad that we are a nation of laws that don't work for all.

    August 5, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  76. Jenny Rome Ga

    It means that my mother in law was right about George Bush all along.
    I shall eat crow at our next gettogether.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  77. Sherry, Atlanta Ga

    When the inspector's released their report that 'WMD's DID NOT EXIST', all of America had this information. Not only is the Bush Administration to blame-why was there so much support of the 'IRAQ INVASION'

    Yes Jack, Bush administration lied, and majority of the American Public did not have the Gut's, or Brain's to question Bush's Motive.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  78. Keith - Cleveland

    It means that Iran is next, and soon.

    More money for Haliburton, and Cheney.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  79. James from Idaho

    Jack, as much as I wouldnt' put it put it past stodgy (Cheney) and Dodgey (Bush), I'm getting sick of hearing the accusations with no evidence and no follow up. Then again, what differrence does it make when Nacy Pelosi has stated that Impeachment is off the table? She admitted that she recognized Bush's administration was a complete failure,; so, why does she have to drag the rest of us into it.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  80. Jerry,OK

    Jack, This is just another illumination of Bush's claim made to Katy Couric , Sept. 6th 2006,... "You know, one of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror."

    Jerry N/Tulsa

    August 5, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  81. Peter San Diego, Ca.

    Jake, It just means what most of us knew all along, that this administration is the most criminal, and worst ever in the history of these United States, and that thanks to OUR QUEEN, Speaker Pelosi, not a dam thing will happen to anyone serving with King George.
    We can only hope that the American people realize before this next election that we vote into office, those persons that will investigate the entire Bush Administration, and bring chargers against those, including Bush and Cheney, who may be found to have broken any laws. Before we trust Washington again, they'll have to show the American people that they can be trusted to do the right thing.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  82. Chris from NY

    Please tell me something I don't already know. Any one with a number six (sixth sense) will know what happened prior to Iraq war. We on the streets knew it but people in the media chose not to know. See what it got us. What is so disparing is not so much that we are in two wars at one time, it's that the media is trying to destroy the only candidate who had the judgement at the time to call the war what it was. Now they want to crown the guy who said if he said same information and opportunity he will do the same thing (McCain).

    August 5, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  83. Greg form Mechanicsburg PA

    Notice that Bush and the Whitehouse did not claim that the accusations were false, just that they couldn't be proven. Remember when Bush was confronted with charges of seeking special treatment regarding his Air Force Reserve duty? They claimed the documents were false, but again they never claimed that the facts were not true. Eight years of cover-up, denials, and discrediting the source of accusation has been the hallmark of this Presidency. "Fool me once...ain't gonna fool me again."

    August 5, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  84. Paul

    It means that Bush indeed planned the Iraq War at any cost. This is also no surprise to anyone that has lived in the U.S. The past 8 years under Bush's rule.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  85. Mariel

    In the infamous words of Johnny Rotten, " Ever feel like you've been cheated?"

    Mariel, sc

    August 5, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  86. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    If substantiated, it means that Pelosi and her innefective cronies should immediately start impeachment proceedings.

    If proven by the House to the Senate and Bush is convicted he should be turned over to The Hague courts for prosecution as a war criminal.

    But enough of these pipe dreams of reality! Ain't nothin' gonna happen except a bunch of blabber 'cause our House of Representatives has no backbone and no leadership.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  87. Joe, Clinton Ma.

    Who Cares, Bush has gotten away with so much during his term, Whats one more thing. Hopefully the American people will vote their conscience next time, instead of listening to Swift Boat Ads.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  88. Dan NY

    Dear Jack,

    This lastest revelation is just one more count in what absolutely must become the eventual indictment of the Bush Administration on international charges of War Crimes. The list of potential charges is getting longer and longer and the only way for the United States to get out from under the negative scrutiny of the rest of the world, the only way for us to get any moral credibility whatsoever back, is to allow these charges to be heard in open court. Publically, Nuremberg style. This must be the first priority, the sine qua non, of the Foreign Relations Policy of the next administration.

    Dan NY

    August 5, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  89. KB from Columbus, Ohio

    Of course the White House is going to claim that the information is "gutter journalism", but they forget that writing usually requires something that Bush has lacked since he became President: sources.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  90. Bill in Michigan


    Forget about the aluminum irrigation tubes that were "nuclear reator tubes", or the empty tractor trailers that were James Bondesque "chemical weapons factories", now we can just claim we have a letter about "weapons of mass destruction". The whole run up to this war was one manipulative shell game orchestrated by the Bush administration. As for what an order for a forged letter like this means, the White House clearly broke the law and ought to be held accountable. Unfortunately, it never will be.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  91. Robert Berkeley

    It means that it is time for the rail and the tar and the feathers and a dump into the nearest river. This bush and his cronies have betrayed our Republic and in the name of our Forefathers it is time to run them out of town.
    Bob Berkeley

    August 5, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  92. Ann from S.C.

    The important word in your question is IF. What does it mean if the WhiteHouse ordered a forged letter obviously means that we have grounds to impeach President Bush. I think Mr. Suskind has written a book from which he will make a lot of money by riling up Americans who are already in the hate Bush mode. What this author says may be true, but I would need a lot more proof than Jack outlined when framing the question. There is so much irrational rhetoric flying around about President Bush that I don't know what to believe and what not to believe. If Bush was lying, give me some solid evidence, not just a bunch of conjecture and opinion.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  93. Chris

    Business as usual. Add that to the Ivins story -I'm sure Bush. Cheney and their cronies set that up as another way to get us into the war – McCain even said the anthrax came from Iraq – so Ivins had to chew on the cyanide capsule when he was going down. Off with their heads!

    Thousand Oaks Ca

    August 5, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  94. sina shayeghi

    Jack, as you know and I and all Americans know Mr Bush's term will be over in a few months and nobody can do any thing to him. Let Bush and his family enjoy the 2008 China's Olympic and support human rights while American soldiers are dying in Iraq.
    Thank You

    August 5, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  95. Richard, Syracuse, NY

    same old, same old. It has been proved that this President lied, his Administration lied and Americans died. And we will be paying for this fiasco for years to come.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  96. Tom Huntington, NY

    I'm SHOCKED !!! Shocked I tell you.

    Now go round up the usual suspects.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  97. Karl in CA

    In a real world it would mean the entire Congress would be outraged to the point of the House voting to impeach both Bush and Cheney with a 100% yes vote. The Senate would then call on the guy Suskind got his info from "on the record" and ask a few questions and convict them both. But unfortunately this is Bush-Pelosi Country and we all know the Republicans won't do their sworn duty and convict their own, so nothing will happen. Just another chapter in the Bush Dynasty (heavy on the nasty part) Legacy.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  98. Tina (Texas)

    Nothing surprises me about the Bush admiinstration. Never in my years have I experienced a bunch of thugs in office. Impeachment never should have left the table.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  99. Will from San Jose, CA

    It should mean impeachment, but Nancy Pelosi stated clearly that was off the table, besides she is busy on vacation.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  100. Geri Britt

    When Bush began beating the war drums on Iraq I wrote Lou Dobbs many an e-mail, regarding this idea. I couldn't make heads or sense of it. I stated it is illogical to believe that Saddam would attack the U.S. when he wants to be friends with us again. It also seemed illogical to me that a man who had control of billions of dollars, Iraq's oil fields and 28 million people, who could and did do anything he wanted to with the billions, the oil and his people, would attack the United States when he knew we wouldn't take it sitting down. And why would he have ties to al-queda when bin Laden himself had stated, that he was going to go after Saddam once he took care of us? Whoever wrote this book has been asleep at the switch for a very long time.

    Geri – Mead, OK

    August 5, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  101. E B. Atlanta

    What it means and what it should mean are two very distinct things. In American politics we are always asking "what?" when we know in our hearts and minds the answer. Unfortunately, the power structur never really has to answer and pay for it's wrongs.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  102. Patricia F Pine Plains NY

    I'd put nothing pass this White House. How do they sleep at night, knowing how many young men and women have lost their lives, limbs and the number of Iraqis who have died in this illegal operation?

    Exactly what was it that was so awful that Bill Clinton did that deserved impeachment? When this administration ends, those in power should look into everything that was done in the name of ending Terrorism by these guys. Then send them all to prison. That would be a glorious day for this country.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  103. Jeff, Galena, MO

    Jack, It means that all branches of our government in Washington are ignoring their sworn duty "to protect and defend" our country from all threats, foreign or domestic. G. W. Bush is and has been a domestic threat since 2001. The Declaration of Independence tells our elected officials and the citizens exactly what to do. I quote .... "" But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security."" It's in there, just look it up. Enough said.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  104. Robbin SC

    After reading this i browsed the major news media websites and i don't see anything about this anywhere. Why isn't information of this magnitude plastered all across the headlines and looping on every cable news station 24*7? so to answer you question Jack- it means nothing ..this president will walk away and thumb his nose at all of us!

    August 5, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  105. Nuwan Sam

    This country is run by thugs who has no respect to its constitution or the law. People of this country must bear the responsibility for all this. They proudly elected these crooks twice to govern this country. I hope that people would learn a hard lesson and make sure it never happens again. Let us all be united to end this 8 years of dark age in November. Now there is no point regretting about what happen. So I am looking forward.

    Nuwan from Houston, TX

    August 5, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  106. Robert Postuma

    Only one answer.................................bullsh*t!

    August 5, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  107. Don--Ocala, FL

    It means that our government, UP TO THE TOP, is dishonest and untrustworthy. If it is found that our President took us to war against a country which did not attack us by lies and deceit, this President should be put in prision like any other war criminal as thousands of people have been killed needlessly. I am still an ashamed Republican!

    August 5, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  108. Billy, Minneapolis, MN

    If this is true, then Bush and his administration must be prosecuted for their crime(s). Soldiers have fought and died because of this administration's stupidity. As far as I'm concerned Bush and his administration are murderers...which means they should go to prison.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  109. Pat,Lexington, Ky.

    I'm gonna try this one more time ... I'm pretty sure I submitted a comment on this, but it has disappeared. ...

    This is just one more item to add to the growing list of lies that Bush/Cheney, et al have told. they remain impervious to the pain and grief that this war has caused – Cheney's now infamous response "SO??" is a perfect characterization of this whole group! There MUST be something that we the people can do to let them and future leaders know they cannot get away with this!!

    I'm still all for sending Bush and Cheney to Afghanistan – by themselves – with no way out!!!!!!!

    August 5, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  110. Larry, Ohio

    Jack,maybe it means you shouldn't believe everything that is written.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  111. Paul, Columbia, SC

    If this book is proven true, then the White House conduct was criminal. If the book is false, the writer is a criminal. What's peculiar here is that these so-called 'tell all' books sell like hotcakes and the author hits the jackpot. Later on, if there is no hard evidence of wrong doing and merely hearsay, then the furor goes away and the author rides off into the sunset well heeled.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  112. Annie, Atlanta

    Nothing this criminal has done surprises me anymore. What I don't understand is why he hasn't been impeached and isn't behind bars along with Dick Cheney! Are we going to just let them get away with this, pay their pensions, and take care of them for the rest of their lives?

    August 5, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  113. Tim Hutchins - FL

    Could this be wrong? Is there a possibility the writer got this wrong? The CIA says it's wrong, so why do you democrats that have charged the president with all kinds of trash jump on it without knowing what the truth really is? You want to believe the anti-Bush lies. Is the president not entitled to civil rights to the effect that he is innocent until PROVEN guilty, not just rumored? You democrats have almost destroyed our country with your unreasoned hatred of the president just because he won the election.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  114. Ray, Florida

    Tell you what Jack!
    I don't think Bush should be impeached by congress. That would be to good for him! I think they should wait til the next congress is elected, then bring him up on criminal charges, after he no longer has control of the justice department! Bush may be able to pardon his administration for any crimes commited while he was in office, but he can't give himself a pardon. Now that woul'd do alot to show the country, and the world that not even president is above the law!

    August 5, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  115. bill in PA

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Jack, Jack, our president lie? Tell me this can not be.
    The author of this book, David Suskind, must have been in a coma for the past 6 years. Every American knows about the lies. John Dean, once on the Nixon legal team, has written three thoughtful books detailing the impeachable offenses of our president and vice president. One even titled; Worse Than Watergate.
    We do not care. We make a mockery of our representatives who tell us the truth, Dennis Kucinich, for example. Congressman Waxman too has tried to uphold our constitution with little support.
    With Murdoch, G. Beck and Rush L, and the war profiteers, for you who can be against you?

    August 5, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  116. Dave of Oregon

    This fits well with Ron Suskind's first book placing Paul McNeill squarely in the corner of the sour-grapes when McNeill posited that Iraq's oil fields were openly being discussed at the very first meetings held with Bush's cabinet. What was said regarding Bush's desires and designs to get into Iraq by any means possible. "Just get me any reason to get in there!", may have been the nexus for Bush's role-playing in going after Hussein for a variety of reasons, including oil(not to mention openly avenging his father's botched assassination attempt by Hussein). Why would Tenet get a Medal of Freedom award, let alone, deserve one unless he played the cards Bush wanted him to play. George W. Bush! Ya gotta be proud!

    August 5, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  117. Franky, Chicago IL

    No comment...

    August 5, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  118. el-tee

    Jack – If true or partially so, I would expect the president will issue preemptive pardons on the last day of his presidency. – El-Tee from the lower right hand corner of ND

    August 5, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  119. Dan, Chantilly VA

    It means about as much as every other piece of evidence coming out against this administration: jack squat. The current political environment is just perfect for the new Teflon Don to slide past any kind of legal action. It's nice to have these daily reaffirmations that the people in Washington still don't care about what the American people want or even what's best for America. It's good to know that they're still only concerned with getting elected any way they can and staying in office as long as possible. I'm glad that whole "serve the people" aspect of the job still doesn't matter. And above all, it's fantastic news that we voters are going to continue to allow this to happen by voting in the same kinds of idiots year after year.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:19 pm |

    There evidently is no end to what Bush/Cheny have done
    to us and our country. The American people should
    demand investigations (of course by a non government
    investigation team) into all of these allegations that have
    accused Bush/Cheny of wrong doing.
    They have always thought they were and are above the
    law and have had a free rein on all their actions.
    It is time to stop.
    for once, justice needs to be served.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  121. mello doug, New Mexico

    Come on, what is to be surprised about! Everyone should have known at the time what was happening. Junior had to avenge Sadam for his daddy, oh and try to get the oil. We know how valuable the oil is to junior and his daddy and all the Republican cohorts.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  122. byron in vernonia, oregon

    It means hearings on impeachment should begin. If true, all those responsible should be held accountable, i.e., impeached and removed. The law and the Constitution must prevail. If it doesn't, we are moving into a new era–a kind of "dark ages" return to something like absolute monarchism. I often wonder what Republicans would be saying if it was a Democratic administration that had done what this administration has. I have a feeling they would want their heads on a platter.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  123. Judy, Exeter, Ca

    The list of reasons to impeach Bush grows and grows. Will anyone do anything? I doubt it. I'm tired of hearing all this and watch while our spineless congress and the justice department sit on their hands. Apart from a revolution, the voters have to remove all incumbents from office, and then hope the system doesn't corrupt them too.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  124. John Hovland, MN

    The answer is do you or do you not want a blind fold before you are execuated by firing squad – both of them.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  125. Babs in Ohio

    As most probably have said in their emails, it would not be a surprise if it is true.

    The "war", which is not a war because war was never declared, has been a scare tactic to take the attention of the American people off of the real issues that impact this country.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  126. John from Sacramento

    Impeachment should never be off the table. That is like saying 1st degree murder is off the table because a 70 y/o murdered his wife but he has cancer.

    Our country will be forever diminished if we refuse to prosecute crime, and impeachment is at the top of the list.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  127. Nancy, Tennessee

    It's time to prove or disprove Suskind's allegations. If one shred of this newly published information is true, Bush, Cheney, the Iraqi intelligence person, and all involved need to spend the rest of their days behind bars at Gitmo.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  128. mike, ohio

    There isn’t anything I wouldn’t believe about the Bush Administration. I remember the first 6 years with the Republican lead House and Senate and a Bush Administration that didn’t care about what the American people wanted, they had the power. They did what they wanted when they wanted regardless of what the American people wanted, an Administration running a muck.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  129. Walter Megura

    It means that Washington will be business as usual. No one want's to start pointing fingers or the entire Congressional House will fall. Who ever starts calling for the truth with himself be attacked and cut to pieces by the establishment . Just say "It ain't so"
    Walter Shell Knob Missouri

    August 5, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  130. John from Carlsbad


    Why are these guys not in jail?

    Both Bush and Chaney have repeatedly broken the law and just laughed at the law all along. From this instance of forging documents to get a war they wanted to torturing people to no bid contracts for insiders just to name a few.

    The day we see both of these criminals along with their cohorts behind bars will be a great day for America and Americans. That would be true justice but sadly I doubt that will ever happen. Apparently accountability and abiding by the law doesn't apply to Bush, Cheney and their cohorts.

    Sad isn't it Jack?

    August 5, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  131. Naomi, Texas

    It means serious trouble Jack! It would mean blatantly that the debt tax payers have on our backs for this nation are the fault of one corrupt man (GW) It also spells trouble for the credibility of the USA in any foreign relations or general credibity period.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  132. Mike Nunn - Hot Springs, Ar.

    It just means that there is one more impeachable offense to add to the total. It also means that the American People who elected him really do not care. If anyone cared he would not have been re-elected. This really is a dumb nation.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  133. Peter Connecticut

    These allegations should not come as a suprise to anyone. It's just one more in the long list of charges that should be investigated. We know nothing will happen re: impeachment. My question to you, Jack. Can the current administration be brought up on charges after the've left office? I don't know.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  134. June

    I believe this as much as I believe that Gore invented the internet, Bill Clinton didn't have "sex with that woman," and we can solve our energy problems by keeping our tires inflted.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  135. Marilyn from Louisiana

    Jack, anyone can write a book. The true question should be, "is it true". Anyone can throw stones. I am not protecting President Bush. However, we have to learn NOT to believe everything we hear or read. I hope this is not true. If it is, we are truly in trouble times.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  136. Frank Peterborough

    Well Jack it doesn't really mean much as the people were well aware of what Bush & Cheney were doing prior to them being relected in 2004.

    Lying and cheating seems to be an acceptable practice to ordinary Americans and they just might be on the road for a third term of the same policies and programs.

    Remember John McCain was Chairman of the Armed Services Committee when all this was going on and he has never waivered with his support from the start until the present.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  137. Major Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: Business as usual.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  138. Joe in DE

    A book does not provide much hope for verification, but hearing are appropriate.

    Impeachment should be back on the table.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  139. Craig in Scottsdale

    Nothing. It will have about as much staying power as the Valerie Plame incident. The Country has no backbone to hold its leaders responsible. Now if he was caught in a bathroom stall soliciting sex this thing might get some legs.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  140. gary saari

    It doesn't mean anything unless George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and all the other conspirators are held accountable.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  141. Derek

    Too little. Too late. And Pelosi won't do a damn thing about it.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  142. Chris, Southern California

    Jack, my answer is actually a question to you: are you really surprised by anything this administration does anymore?

    August 5, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  143. John

    Jack: Yes, I believe Mr. Suskind, but Nancy Pelosi took the United States Constitution off the table; therefore, we can not impeach the low life son of gun. The Bush Administration is worse than Grant's or Harding's Administration combined. I think what is said about George W. is true. He's an alcoholic.


    August 5, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  144. Sophia


    If this is true then for the first time in the history of the country a serious effort will be made to determine if there are criminal penalties that can be imposed for conduct of a President while in office.

    Louisvile, Ky

    August 5, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  145. Allen L Wenger

    It makes no difference because everyone already knows the Bush Administration misrepresented the facts to get us into this war and since they are above the law, no-one is going to be held accountable.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  146. Ted Beaverton, OR

    It means that George W. Bush could fool most of the people most of the time. It also means that when the buck was passed to him, he spent it; then lied and said....what buck?

    August 5, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  147. L.M.,Arizona

    I don't see how all the news media didn't know something. I think the war was going to be a ratings boom to all news media outlets including CNN so who do you blame for the worse foreign poicy in the history of america. The majority of americans wanted it. Including you Jack and don't use those excuses well they told us this and that. Americans wanted to play macho man and the people who could wanted to make money it was that simple.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  148. Patsy

    Jack, How does one start a rebellion? Stop paying taxes? I wished I knew. I would do it and try to convince others to follow suit. Something must be done to get our country back from the criminals. I am so afraid for this country. Patsy from Atkinson, NE

    August 5, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  149. The Opinionator

    This is news?...


    August 5, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  150. John, Fort Collins, CO

    With only six months left in his presidency, nothing will be done to George Bush. Every politician in Washington wants to stay focused on the election until November, and after that they will be thinking about the holiday break. Not even a George W. Bush video confession in high definition with surround sound would do the trick at this point.

    August 5, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  151. Jay in Texas

    It means Americans should rake our congressmen and senators over the coals especially Nancy Pelosi for not fully supporting Congressman Kucinich's Articles of Impeachment against this war criminal president. Thrown all the bums out who did not move toward impeachment when solid evidence of Bush's "high crimes and misdemeanors" were put forward.
    Brownwood, Texas

    August 5, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  152. Dick B

    It probably means no one in the White House knew how to write a letter.

    August 5, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  153. pat from Polson, MT

    It means, Jack, that we went to war with Iraq and lost over 4000 of our young soldiers for no reason at all except for GWB to finish what his
    father has started years before. If this isn't an impeachment case, I don't know what is. Will anything be done about it? Knowing our sick government, I doubt it.

    August 5, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  154. Ruie - Michigan

    Dear Jack: Makes you wonder why we got rid of the practice of tar and feathering.

    August 5, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  155. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Hi Jack,

    Nothing surprises me anymore. This administration has so many stains that the White House soon will start looking like a Dalmatian!

    Diane Dagenais Turbide
    Quebec, Canada

    August 5, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  156. Bob S Philadelphia, PA


    I wouldn’t put anything past this murderer I think he would have done anything he could have to make sure this war happened. His father tried everything in his power to make this happen when he was president and couldn’t get it done , There was no way his father was going to let the son fail also

    August 5, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  157. Hakeem

    If the story can be verified beyond a reasonable doubt which is highly unlikely since too many people have a vested interest to make sure that doesn't happen, then I will submit that George Bush can be legally tried for an illegal war that resulted in the death of thousands of americans and hundreds of thousands of iragis.

    August 5, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  158. Kyle- DuPont, WA

    Be careful about impeachment. If Bush goes we get President Cheney for the next five months. Just imagine the havoc he could wreak in that much time.

    August 5, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  159. mitchell ,arkansaw

    it means we've been lied to,mislead,raped,pillaged ,and plundered by this administration and noone cares,anymore.if it's too late to impeach,are criminal charges still applicable?i'd like to see someone take responsibility for the deaths of our soldiers in iraq.

    August 5, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  160. Janice in Plainview, TX

    In your reporting piece earlier I heard that marching orders to the CIA were brought back on White Houe stationery. No one in this administration is THAT stupid!

    August 5, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  161. angel in Louisiana

    It means this country is being run by criminals. Remember, they started out by stealing the election.

    August 5, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  162. Mary Kish

    Well Jack, I guess it means business as usual......for the Bush white house.

    August 5, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  163. V, Chester Virginia

    Here's a better question Jack, what's it mean to have the American people distracted by the mess we're in to care.

    August 5, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  164. Redfoot, Hazlet, NJ.

    It's always been to me to have been the MOST CORRUPT ADDMISISTRATION EVER and the MOST DISONEST.

    How about the book "Dark Side" by I a woman. She was on "Late Night" w/Letterman a few weeks back. Letterman was very Impressed and so was I. She mentioned something about the FBI wanting to Charge Bush and Cheney with WAR CRIMRS.

    How come we haven't done Anything about these Aledged Crimes.
    It looks like the Congress is Tooooo Chicken and is afraid of making waves. How Sad this Country has become. Laws Broken, Constitution ignord, Liberties Lost and Most of All, Thousands of Lives Lost and Mainmed and the Tremendous lost of Treasure. We will Never see America Free Again or Out of Debt.

    Where Are All the Good People ? I know they're out there.

    I want to say "God Bless America" but My Dad told me the Enemy is Praying and saying the SAME THING. Who will God Listen to ?

    August 5, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  165. Lee Cannefax

    Are you kidding me. Why are these crimimal not up on charges

    August 5, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  166. Derick, Greenlawn NY

    Unfortunately, if this were proven to be true it would be the worst disaster in American foreign policy history. Neither McCain nor Obama could restore America's good name. Whether it's true or not, we'd all better hope no one can prove it.

    August 5, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  167. JT from TN

    Are you seriously asking us just because Bush dethrowned Saddam if it justifies the Iraq war...heck no...what about the people responsible for 9/11 ain't that why we went to war.

    August 5, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  168. Matt Callaway in Omaha, NE

    The impeachment process should begin. If he is impeached, then he should be charged in an international war crimes court and for murder and/or treason in the United States.

    If forging documents to start a war that killed 1,000s of US Servicemen and wasted better than a trillion dollars is not teasonous then I don't know what is.

    If he is innocent then the respective processes will prove that out. No one believes an impeachment will remove Bush from office before his term expires. This would be about holding him accountable, and it doesn't matter how long that takes.

    August 5, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  169. Gramma Faye /Idaho

    And this is a man ms to have found Christ and born again. How sick this man is and it looks like it is showing evey how sick he really is that has been covered up.

    August 5, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  170. peter Benton

    It means that Bush is a criminal plain and simple. I am curious as to why no one tried to find out who forged the yellow cake documents. If the Bush administration were not culpable , one would think that they would be outraged that this document was one of the pieces of " evidence" that lead us into a needless war and the subsequent carnage.

    San Jacinto

    August 5, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  171. Mark

    You guys report now on books in the fiction section??

    August 5, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  172. Ryan, Philly

    The House can debate impeachment any time. But remember, Congress is on vacation.

    August 5, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  173. Katherine

    Is it any wonder that Bush refused to sign up to the war crimes tribunal? He would be on trial.

    August 5, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  174. Harry

    Jack, look at the congressional calendar. They reconvene on Sept. the 8th and are targeting Sept. the 26th for adjournment. That is barely enough time for some more pork barrel spending, to grease the re-election wheels.

    These guys don't have time for such mundane stuff as "impeachable offenses". Maybe the 111th Congress can do something about this in their first 15 days. Yeah...right!!!


    August 5, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  175. Paulina, Deventer, NL

    It means business as usual. It's no secret that the CIA has a history of finding non existing evidence, is it. Remember the former USSR?

    It's just the CIA version of "Seek and ye shall find". Nothing new here.

    August 5, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  176. hugh ny

    it means business as usual in the white house. i read a quote from former pres. nixon,as he was tutoring a friend about any perspective milatary action he told him to make sure that he always had a "pretext" before the action was taken,otherwise the american people wouldn't support the action, which would possibly ignite civil strife here in the states as in the vietnam era. thus we have had the witch doctor in panama, the "communist" airplane runway in grenada, and a host of others throughout american history. you will have a lot more,because that is the way of empires.

    August 5, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  177. Joe St Louis, MO


    This would mean the world could bring the Bush administration up on war crime charges. The United States could clear its good name and the criminals running our country would go to prison. This would allow us to regain our standing in the world and I could sleep well again.


    St Louis,MO

    August 5, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  178. laurie, michigan

    If it is true, then proof needs to be delivered to Congress. I don't much like he said, she said, without proof. Anyone can write a book and claim anything, but proof should be required. Even the President deserves to be "innocent until proven guilty."

    August 5, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  179. Tiffani/Lake City, FL

    Means corruption is considered normal these days and the ugliness of it is that we the people are unable to hold these crooks accountable; paving the way for even more evil to prevail. Best thing we can do is to vote "incumbents" out at every election cycle and never give them a chance to get cozy in DC if they don't do what they are elected for.

    August 5, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  180. Bizz

    The Congress can impeach a president for cheating on his wife, then they should impeach and bring criminal charges against the president, and anyone else who were responsible for falsifying any documents that got over 4000 of our soldiers killed.

    August 5, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  181. Pete

    If true, the offense is orders of magnitude worse than Watergate. More than 4,000 American military personnel have been killed in Iraq. That's the bottom line.

    August 5, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  182. laurie, michigan

    June........keeping your tires properly inflated is not an energy program, it is, along with proper maintenance, a way to improve gas mileage. Don't believe all the stuff you hear in those ads of McCain's, they get more ridiculous everyday! We all have brains don't we?

    August 5, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  183. Mike in St. Pete Beach, Florida

    It means that it is much more than an impeachable offense. The White House forgot about Osama, got over 4,000 U.S. soldiers killed, more than 30,000 wounded and that doesn't even include the Iraqi civilians. Impeachment over this would be the same punishment Clinton got for his Monica indescretion and Congress is not even pursuing it. This isn't impeachable. It's treason.

    August 5, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  184. SG, Little Rock, AR

    I believe it means W. has another reason to smirk and Nancy Pelosi can continue to let Americas twist in the wind over our frustration at her unwillingness to allow any vigorous pursuit to find out how badly
    Bush has run our country.

    August 5, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  185. Clincher Miami

    Jack. At this point in time, it doesn't mean much of a thing. Anyone can write a book in hindsight and try to excert it as a truth. I am 100% behind the Executive order given to attack Iraq and remove Saddam. Anyone who disagrees with this is unpatriotic and living in a fantazy world. Saddam Hussein (and his sons) were living human Weapons of Mass Destruction; they killed thousands of innocent lives and left their country in the brink of disaster. The United States HAD no alternative but to get involved one way or another.

    August 5, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  186. Mike

    If true. It should mean that anyone involved should be prosicuted by the U.N. for war crimes. The blood of the dead (on both sides) is solely on their hands. If they were from any other country in the world we would demand justice. Why not demand the same justice no matter the guilty party? I was under the impression no one was above the law? Mike Florida

    August 5, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  187. Jessica , New Port Richey FL

    It's funny Jack, we impeach Bill Clinton because of Monica...lol But we won't impeach this monster for much worst. It's sad how we justify what right from wrong.

    August 5, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  188. Meggie

    I certainly would not be surprised at this. Clearly, we will never see any papers that will prove it but there is certainly circumstantial evidence this administration did everything in its power to keep citizens from knowing the truth.

    August 5, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  189. me46

    It means what we have all known for a very long time now Jack. This administration is the most corrupt in the history of the United States and seemingly would stop at nothing to achieve their objectives. We can easily dismiss the 911 conspiracy theorists and the veep office Seymore Hearst/ Iranian fishing boat plot allegations, but everyone knows this administration has overreached presidential authority, has failed to execute duties faithfully and has failed to protect and defend the constitution. Knowing what we know, how could we possibly rule out any act as being beyond their moral conscience? Still congress does nothing. If our future grows from todays actions, our government is in dire peril.

    August 5, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  190. Michele, Oregon

    If this is traceable and the facts in reach, we must impeach!

    August 5, 2008 at 4:52 pm |

    It's quite simple Jack, like father like son. I see the warmongering acorn doesn't fall far from the tree. At this point nothing surprises me about this organization. As a member of the younger generation and a first time voter, I have never been more concerned about the future of this country. This is the worst condition I've ever known for the country to be in. No wonder the rest of the world hates us. God bless America, correction God "HELP" America.

    August 5, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  192. Dave from Maryland

    It means that the Republican miss-information crew succeeded in covering the eyes of the people once again. Nothing they do anymore surprises me. All they care about is WINNING the election. There doesn't seem to be even the slightest concern for the well-being of our Country or the people in it. If there were, they would fold their tent and not even run a candidate against Obama!

    August 5, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  193. Kent

    It means that if someone in a position of authority believes this statement from the book we will spend countless millions over the next 50 years in an investigative effort to prosecute the responsible parties who will by then will have been deceased for many years.

    August 5, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  194. Jackie in Dallas

    To Craig in Scottsdale:

    There are a lot of us who HAVEN'T forgotten what was done to Valerie Plame. Outing an agent to the press, though, is basically a misdemeanor in comparison to the other actions done by or on behalf of this White House. A lot of us would like to see not only the White House, but the do-nothing Congress held responsible for all their actions or inactions.

    Although my earlier comments weren't found fit to be included in the blog, maybe this one will be.

    Given the choice between a man unfaithful to his wife with a consenting adult, and a man who cheerfully sacrificed thousands of American soldiers and tens of thousands of Iraqis, not to mention the billions of dollars of the middle class taxes, I'll take the philanderer every time. At least I can understand HIS motivation...I just can't comprehend Bush, et al.

    August 5, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  195. Jasmine in Germany

    Well, this does not surprise any intelligent person living in the U. S. or the rest of the world at all. Hello? France and Germany (major allies before G. W. Bush) did not support the Invasion of Iraq because of lack of facts (and it was illegal). Hello? And Bush convinced U. S. Americans to rename pommes frites (French-fried potatoes) into "freedom fries"?
    I have no doubt that Suskind is writing the truth. It's just so sad that the majority of regular "U. S. Americans" get "suckered in " with the lies and self-gratifying corruption of the elected officials in command. Quite frankly, the media (including your network) has room for more dignified reporting: re: the 2008 USA Election. The White House has forged letters for decades and scores. The big lie for a "civilized" nation is that some of our children die for nothing, just greed.

    August 5, 2008 at 4:58 pm |