December 15th, 2009
04:00 PM ET

Will the truth come out about the Bush administration?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Nearly a year after Pres. George W. Bush left office - computer technicians have found 22 million e-mails that his administration said were missing.
[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/12/15/art.bush.cabinet.jpg caption="(L to R) Condoleeza Rice, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld."]
Two watchdog groups - who had sued over these documents - say the e-mails had been "mislabeled and effectively lost."

But - it could still be years before the public gets to see any of this stuff. First they have to go through the National Archives - they decide which e-mails get released. Records from the Bush White House won't be available until 2014 - at the earliest.

A former spokesman for Bush says too much is being made of the discovery of these e-mails, and that misleading statements about the former administration show "a continued anti-Bush agenda." What he fails to mention is that there is a law that says records of the president must be preserved. But then the Bush White House often ignored laws when it was convenient for them to do so.

You suppose it's just coincidence that the 22 million e-mails from 2003 to 2005 cover some pretty significant periods of history - including the months leading up to the Iraq war, the firings of U.S. attorneys by the Bush administration and the announcement of a criminal investigation into the leaking of CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson's name? Sure.

Here’s my question to you: Will the public ever get the truth of what happened during the Bush administration?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Hugo from Hoboken, New Jersey writes:
I would say we have most of the truth already: George Bush was an incompetent idiot and Dick Cheney his evil guru. Together they had the U.S. invade the wrong country, let its main enemy escape, made the rest of the world hate America and created the most serious economic meltdown since the Great Depression. If the U.S. never resumes its leadership in the world, it will be because of these two clowns. What other truth is there?

Jeff from Boulder, Colorado writes:
We're back on the Bush administration again? This is getting tiresome. This email "discovery" is just an attempt to shift focus from the current administration's inability to get anything done.

Joe from Front Royal, Virginia writes:
Jack, It took some time to find these, that is if they were ever lost or hidden. I am not sure if we really want to know what was in them. They may harm the country more.

Tom from Atlanta writes:
Yes they will. The truth always comes out. The problem is, by then they won't care. We're already just 12 months past, and people have forgotten the Republicans and George W. Bush entirely, and they’re all ready to elect them again.

Luci from Illinois writes:
It depends on who is in office in 2014. If the Republicans are in office, we will never get to see what is in these e-mails. I only hope I live long enough to get to know what they were hiding. Then I hope they all get put in prison for many years.

Chuck writes:
If half of what I suspect is the truth, you really can't handle the truth.

Filed under: Bush Administration
soundoff (238 Responses)
  1. Terry, Chandler AZ

    I'm not sure I want to know, nor do I believe I can handle the truth. I'm sure there were atrocities and criminal acts, not necessairly committed by the president, but buy many of those close to him.

    December 15, 2009 at 2:05 pm |
  2. Michael Alexandria, VA

    It eventually will, even if this President does not cooperate. There is no statute of limitations on war crimes, Jack.

    December 15, 2009 at 2:09 pm |
  3. Steve

    It will not ever matter weather the truth is completely uncovered or not, because the right wing bumbling idiots will never accept it regardless of the evidence!

    Laguna Niguel, CA

    December 15, 2009 at 2:09 pm |
  4. Conor in Chicago

    The public never gets the truth about any administration and Obama's will be the same.

    December 15, 2009 at 2:20 pm |
  5. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    There's a reason all those e-mails disappeared, Jack. It's going to take a few years, but the truth will finally come out, which is a good thing. We can never let our country go so wrong again.

    December 15, 2009 at 2:23 pm |
  6. Mark, Bradenton,FL

    How Jack, Obama and his administration are just as bad a bunch of liars.

    December 15, 2009 at 2:25 pm |
  7. Kelby in Houston

    Given the history of the United States, the temerity of the Bush administration and the opposition to prosecution Obama administration has shown in the matter of the crimes of the Bush Administration...NOT BLOODY LIKELY!
    By locating and releasing these emails, the Obama administration hopes to appease a few watchdog groups, but they would like for this matter to go away and be forgotten...NOT BLOODY LIKELY!

    December 15, 2009 at 2:27 pm |
  8. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    22 million e-mails here, 2 million there.... No, the whole truth will never come out, no one person knows what it is. There's still searching for answers from WWll. The Bush Regime makes the Warren Commission Report like it's an open book.

    December 15, 2009 at 2:27 pm |
  9. J.D. in N.H.

    I'm sure we'll learn the truth, but sadly, the statute of limitations will have given them all a pass. It's a real shame that an administration that made Watergate look like the good old days will not be held accountable for anything.

    December 15, 2009 at 2:29 pm |
  10. Doug

    I think they'll sit on the information for another 1yr. or 2 so the news is'nt quite as devastating or quite as shocking. Even though the public isn't fooled by Washington' tactics to down play the Bush era.
    The public has very little faith,trust when it comes to the people
    they've elected to office . We've got as many elected officials in prison, cases pending for anything from infedelity,bribery,not paying taxes etc. I feel that the Amereican people deserve better than that.
    When it comes to Bush&Cheney nothing would surprise the public because eveeryone knows they were always on the take & more corrupt than Washington .

    December 15, 2009 at 2:39 pm |
  11. Jack Kramer in California


    We already have all the truth we need to know. Everything is George Bush's fault. Thank goodness The One has come to save us all. If he can earn a Nobel prize after just two weeks, then he can do anything. What a leader!!

    December 15, 2009 at 2:39 pm |
  12. Randy from Salt Lake City

    The truth IS already out about the Bush administrations criminal acts. It's just that ABCCBSNBCCNNFOX refuse to report them. And you know what? That makes all the above propaganda outlets accomplices in their criminal acts and that's why the truth will never be reported.

    December 15, 2009 at 2:43 pm |
  13. Bob Louisville

    The newly discovered "lost" e-mails will eventually expose the truth. When this will happens is apparently unknown at this time.

    Hopefully the ingenuity of some member or members of the media will uncover the content of these e-mails in the not too distant future.

    This may be too much to expect since the days of responsible "investigative reporting" appear to be long gone.

    December 15, 2009 at 2:52 pm |
  14. Rick Medina,OH


    The truth always surfaces eventually, and becomes more robust with time. Some of the best histories were written one to two generations removed from the events ... close enough to share context, but removed enough to have a shot at objectivity. What is remarkable in our day is the sheer volume of material that the National Archives must sift through and catalog. As they age, former members of the administration will find outlets to share their experiences. Future historians have their work cut out for them; perhaps by 2050, we'll see a credible account. Hopefully, it won't still be redacted.

    Rick, Medina, OH

    December 15, 2009 at 2:56 pm |
  15. Chad N.

    Funny thing Jack, we already know the truth. We are just expecting the emails to verify what we already know is all. That is the part that we will probazbly never get, but do not confuse that with already knowing what the truth is.

    December 15, 2009 at 2:56 pm |
  16. Charlie in NH

    Iraqi oil contracts – There should be an assement through the United Nations to fund the war effort in Iraq based on the value of the oil contracts awarded by Iraq. Russia and China should have to pay to protect their flow of oil

    December 15, 2009 at 3:04 pm |
  17. Joe CE

    We will probably never get the whole. However, there is ample evidence of ignoring the law, cotriving leagl interpetations without a rational basis, and vilolation of the Constitutio to impeach Bush & Chenny

    December 15, 2009 at 3:07 pm |
  18. Susan Frost

    Bush and Cheney are entitled to the fair trials they denied to others. Let's demand that all the evidence be gathered and brought forward so we can show the bastards how the good ol'

    December 15, 2009 at 3:09 pm |
  19. Carolyn, Pensacola, FL

    I hope so, I really hope so, because everybody with a brain strongly suspects that everything that came out of the bush/cheney/rove/rice administration was a lie. Maybe at some point in the future, we can get to the bottom of the sewer sludge and some impeachments could be accomplished. At the very least, this group could be brought up and forced to answer some important questions.

    December 15, 2009 at 3:09 pm |
  20. David of Alexandria VA

    Ever? Sure, but we're still discovering things about FDR, for heaven's sakes. I'm not sure that having an email trail will help in this - our national patience for stories which take more than 30 seconds to report is very short. To that end, 22 million emails will be powersifted by partisans of all forms, key words will be globally searched for, smoking guns or undiscovered heroic epics will tagged and spun - and in all likelihood, each of us will find vindication for the predisposed opinion of the guy which we have now.

    December 15, 2009 at 3:10 pm |
  21. KarenB, central Florida

    Realism. First, do we ever get the truth of any administration including the present one – we got "major truths" about Clinton and he was not removed from office (people are making a flap on the truth about a golfer, but don't seem to be concerned about "truths" that really affect our country. We never got the full "truth" about Johnson, Kennedy, Isenhour, Truman and others – so why would we now, and if we did, what difference would it make.

    December 15, 2009 at 3:12 pm |
  22. Paul, Austin, Texas

    So many of us will be saying in 2014 I told you so. Will we ever know all the truth, most likely we will not. The government likes to treat us like mushrooms keep us in the dark and feed us with well you know what.

    December 15, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  23. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    No, and it's probably a good thing that we don't know what happened at this point in time. Perhaps had the truth been known before the 2004 election we would have had a different President. What's done is done, now less move on to important things like, jobs and finding some way to get our troops home quicker.

    December 15, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  24. Ryan, Galesburg, IL

    Jack, we already know the truth, which is that the Bush Administration ran roughshod over the Constitution and abused the highest public office in the world. We don't need the emails to demonstrate that, but maybe it will help historians know what their motives really were.

    December 15, 2009 at 3:15 pm |
  25. JENNA

    Will the public ever get the truth of what happened during the Bush administration?

    That's not the real question. The real question is WILL BUSH OR ANYONE IN HIS ADMINISTRATION EVER DO JAIL TIME FOR THEIR ACTIONS?

    We learned about Nixon while he still held office, Bush is out of office so our only recourse is to try him and those in his administration, who broke laws, after the fact.

    I am ready to see public trials.

    Roseville CA

    December 15, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  26. Al, Lawrence KS

    You want the truth? You want the truth? You can't handle the truth!
    I will be awhile before the truth is known...but it should make a good movie.

    December 15, 2009 at 3:18 pm |
  27. Chad from Los Angeles

    I know all Administrations had scandals, some bigger than others. But with Bush, you do not put anything past what they would do. I am not old enough to know for sure, but has there been another President with that kind of reputation for doing whatever he wanted?

    I hate to keep looking back to his actions, but is he not the most sociopathic president we have ever had?

    December 15, 2009 at 3:18 pm |
  28. Joey

    Pretty loaded story, curious as to what president ever followed the law. Will the truth ever come out about Obamas years or even what the media covered up about Obama and his associations...........No. The media needs to get off their high horse and treats all politicians the same regardless of affiliation of Democrat or Republican.

    December 15, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  29. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    Since this administration shows no intention of fulfilling its campaign promises such as restoring the rule of law, we will never see any proof of the crimes that were committed. We all know what they were, so the proof will never be permitted to surface. If that happened, Obama would either have to prosecute or become, in addition to a liar, a criminal himself. He will choose the latter.

    December 15, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  30. Ryan Berkey

    We will never get full disclosure from the Bush white house because it would undermine his administrations fraudulent attempt to convince people that what they were doing was right.
    Windber Pa

    December 15, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  31. Ray Kinserlow

    The truth is obvious. Crimes were committed by people in the Bush administration. Criminals from the Bush Administration, some of high status, are walking around free. The real question should be, "is anyone going to try to see that justice is done?"

    Ray Kinserlow
    Lubbock, Texas

    December 15, 2009 at 3:25 pm |
  32. Nick Molson

    One can only hope that the Democrats will have the guts to pursue the truth in spite of Dick Cheney and Co.

    December 15, 2009 at 3:27 pm |
  33. Phil-Wenatchee, WA

    Is that when the Statute of Limitations runs out...2014? Too bad if that's true. Mr. "Last Throes" Cheney needs to take up residence in an 8 X 10 cell.

    December 15, 2009 at 3:27 pm |
  34. Casey | Ruth, CA.

    One can only hope. But then, Jack, it STILL hasn't come out about Kennedy's assassination.

    Same people, same motives, same old business as usual. Don't hold your breath waiting for it.

    December 15, 2009 at 3:27 pm |
  35. Bizz, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    Jack, the truth always comes out eventually. But the truth will only be important for its historical value. If the truth would have came out before the emails got conveniently lost it might have served a more important service in how the public was being suckered into invading Iraq. Just imagine how many deaths and money would have been saved if we would not have invaded, and how big of a threat would Iran be today if it had Hussein breathing down its neck? We could've have set back and watch them take care of each other.

    December 15, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  36. Annie SW Missouri

    Sure Jack, just think, last year we got to hear Richard Nixon tell us what he thought, so in maybe 35 to 50 years the public will get to know the truth. The question should be will it happen in our lifetime? I'm 59 so my bet is "Not likely"

    December 15, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  37. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    Everyone knows the truth about the Bush administration, and everyone knows everyone knows the truth about the Bush administration. In the court room, "I don't recall," sounds better than, "I plead my Constitutional right against self incrimination." Even Liz Cheney must realize by now that only a really sick person would continue to lie at this point.

    December 15, 2009 at 3:31 pm |
  38. Brandon

    I would love to see the truth about the Bush administration come out. I believe transparency in the government is a key proponent of a government that is "for the people, by the people". The people have a right to know what is going on and/or what has already transpired behind the scenes.

    December 15, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  39. Maria

    After scruntiny by the Archives, historians and journalists will go through those millions of e-mails. If something startling is found, we'll hear about it by 2014. If not, I probably will not be alive (thanks Joe Lieberman for no health care support) and it will be my grandchildren who will hear the reports. Maybe 2030.



    December 15, 2009 at 3:34 pm |
  40. Amber - Austin, TX

    We already know the truth Jack. The American people got taken for quite a wild ride.

    December 15, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  41. Anne -- Sulphur, LA

    I sincerely hope so Jack. I often felt during that administration that the public was being treated like mushrooms by being kept in the dark and fed what mushrooms generally are. I'm just hoping that the process gets expedited so that if prosecutions are warranted that the suspects have not died of old age

    December 15, 2009 at 3:37 pm |
  42. Richard Green


    If there's one thing we've learned during this first year of Obama's administration, it's that his DOJ seems to be doing everything that a Bush Department of Justice would do to suppress everything from torture photos, to lawsuits of those tortured by the U.S. or its allies, to video of torture sessions, to the simplest investigations of war crimes based on the confessions of Dick Cheney to ordering torture repeatedly . There is no reasopn to believe that this administration will voluntarily release anything about these emails unless it is forced to do it or we have a change of administrations to one that is interested in the rule of law once again.

    Rich Green
    San Clemente, Cal.

    December 15, 2009 at 3:38 pm |
  43. David in San Diego

    The truth is already "out." A shrub is no Bush.

    December 15, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  44. Agnes from Scottsdale, AZ

    Jack: Probably not. At this point, who even cares. W is truly history!

    December 15, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  45. Ice

    Jack, we are already getting the truth from the Dick Cheneies, lies, lies and more lies next question!?

    December 15, 2009 at 3:40 pm |
  46. Jennifer - Winnipeg

    Probably not any time soon, Jack, but the public will have to live with the fallout for years to come. However, dirty little secrets do have a way of working through the mire and coming out in the wash sooner or later.

    December 15, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  47. Carl D.

    Jack, We, the people of the United States know the truth, Bush was the worst president in U.S history. He just about single handedly brought down the United States. Having said that, to me, it doesn't matter if the truth comes out or not. Both parties have a very good idea as to how to cover there own asses. We our in grave need of a revolution in the United States, both politicial parties are just looking out for themselves.

    December 15, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  48. joe m

    can we really handle the truth? truth always depends upon the eye of the beholder. when these and other documents become available so that a comprehensive review of this presidency is possible, truth will still be decided by the person conducting the study. consider this, despite numerous investigations and studies conducted on pearl harbor, the Kennnedy and King assasinations, and 911 the truth about these events are still questioned by some. last, truth and washington are like oil and water, they never ever really mix.

    December 15, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  49. Lou from North Carolina

    Probably, but who really cares. The damage is done. Most of the damage cannot be undone and that which can be changed, Obama will try his best to do it with Biden behind him. The sad thing is, Congress probably knew nothing but suspected everything and they sat around doing nothing because they didn't know how to turn it around. Cheney knows the system too well. He knows where to hide skeletons. The only chance we have is some secretary somewhere who knows what happened. The boys will protect each other.

    December 15, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  50. Melissa

    Probably. But no one will believe it. Either because they don't trust the Democrats, they don't trust the government, or they just want to subscribe to the Republican lies.

    December 15, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  51. Charlie in Belen, New Mexico

    Perhaps at some point in time, but I won't hold my breath . My granddaughter (age 2 years) might see the facts come out, but I don't expect to be around until then. Jack, have you ever noticed that "National security is involved" whenever government officals want to cover up something either embarassing or criminal that they don't want the public to find out about ???

    December 15, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  52. Dan, Chantilly VA

    I'm pretty sure the truth is already out, we just don't have all the proof. But at this point, the people who don't think the Bush administration did anything wrong will never think they did anything wrong. Just look at how many people still think Nixon was the victim of a political witch-hunt. So this isn't a matter of uncovering the truth, it's more about finding evidence we can include in future history books.

    December 15, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  53. Mike from Denver

    Sure, but then again, we are still waiting for the truth to come out about JFK.

    December 15, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  54. Karen, Idaho Falls

    The truth will NEVER come out. The wall of protection around the Bush family is too strong to be penetrated. Most of the horrendous decisions made during the Bush presidency were made by Vice President Cheney and his hold over the Republican Party will never allow the truth to surface.

    December 15, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  55. Tom Mytoocents Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    The truth will eventually validate the perception of the American public. I doubt it will vidicate his administration making Nixon's look honest

    December 15, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  56. Kevin , Los Angeles CA

    I doubt it!

    December 15, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  57. Danny

    America already knows the truth. We lived it. Future generations will read about it just like they will Obama and his cabinet. Personally I think the media is making a mountain out of a mole hill. This isn't news. It is gossip.

    December 15, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  58. K

    politicians pick and choose which laws they will or will not fololow. The chances of the Bush administration finally being held accountable for their lies, misdeeds, deceptions, cowboy tqactics, irresponbile spending, starting wars with lies and deceit, eroding our freedoms via the patriot act and illegal wire taps, etc etc etc are slim to none. If a common citizen committed the before mentioned acts of the Bush administration his/her behind would already be behind bars. Nice double standard of justice we have in our country.

    December 15, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  59. bob, oshawa, ontario

    Jack, the short answer is, no. Too much time will have elapsed before they are released for anyone to maintain a sustained interest in the event. In the meantime, more pressing events will be ongoing that will relegate the issue to a very low priority. Twenty-two million e-mails? What an incredibly staggering number to have been "missing". If an investigation were carried out it would be interesting to hear what answer W.H. officials under his administration would give when asked why they were mislabeled. I am, of course, assuming that question would be asked. Good luck with launching an investigation.

    December 15, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  60. Jim


    I suppose most of the truth about what happened during those eight dark years will eventually see the light of day. It'll be a slow process, like the drip – drip – drip of a Chinese water torture (not to be confused with water-boarding). It's necessary though. We, the American people, need to fully understand what the Bushies did, what they really intended, and how they got away with it. Perhaps then we will be in a position to never again make such a horrid mistake.

    Reno, Nevada

    December 15, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  61. Susan from Birmingham, Al.

    What truth? When will this country get over the Bush administration
    and get on with the present. There can't be that much to 22 million
    e-mails other than chatter. Maybe Bush was trying to keep things
    confidential instead of blasting everything to the media? You
    people will never get past Bush-bashing..

    December 15, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  62. John in NC

    About as much chance as finding out what documents Sandy Burgler stole from the National Archives and then destroyed in order to protect the Clintons.

    December 15, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  63. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    The only way we will ever get to the whole truth on the blunders of Bush is if any of those in his cabinet develop a conscious and give a death bed confession. But then you must have a soul to be able to do that.

    Otherwise we will all be a product of the Bush years, stumbling around in the dark when it comes to truth.

    December 15, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  64. Ed

    Most of it's already known to most Americans. That is why Barack Obama was elected President and why he was given the Nobel Peace Prize. It was a total rejection of the Bush Administration.


    December 15, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  65. Marlow Burrell

    The truth was already coming out during the second term of the "infamous" Bush Administration, we were just too brainwashed to realize it. Let's see: illegal wiretapping + the misconception of WMD in Iraq + the unforgettable 5 day FEMA response to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina = George W. Bush. Well, they say the "proof is in the pudding", I just hope they stop serving us B.S in jello cups.

    December 15, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  66. Hugo Kijne

    I would say we have most of the truth already. George Bush was an incompetent idiot and Dick Cheney his evil guru. Together they had the US invade the wrong country, let its main enemy escape, made the rest of the world hate America and created the most serious economic meltdown since the great depression. If the US never resumes its leadership in the world, it will be because of these two clowns. What other truth is there?

    Hoboken, NJ

    December 15, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  67. A. Smith, Oregon

    Jack, Bush-Cheney used the back channel email service to specifically circumvent the archiving white house email service. Undoubtedly those emails are a gold mine of further horrific abuses by Bush-Cheney on the unsuspecting American public on a day to day basis.

    Unfortunately, it would be a miracle for the public to gain access to these emails after Dick (shooter) Cheney places the entire re-issue into numerous court led obstructions.

    December 15, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  68. Wm, Penna

    No. The inner workings of all American administrations are closed except to those very few Uber rich few who have purchased the services of those they pay to have elected and propagandize the public.

    We the people do not want war. We want Peace just as Congressman Kucinich says. But we are fed lies about the threats of Iraq and Afghanistan. The rich wanted the oil and gas and pipe line transits. We never hear our politicians weep about the deficits to fund two wars. Fought only with money robbed from the future.

    Mention health care and then watch the lies fly; weeping "Oh, we can NOT afford that" while in the same breath championing another 30 billion deficit dollars for killing.

    As the President said but we ignore: it takes a healthy, educated working; at family living wage jobs for the US to be secure.

    Those with the real wealth already have luxury homes in Dubai, London, Rome, Zurich, Japan and China. They are prepared. But, not for the climate changes that too are coming. They are planning a buy out on the climate too.

    December 15, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  69. Tina Tx

    It is a little too late now. I always knew he was worthless because I had him as a governor but the people voted the man in for 2 terms for president so I guess they think he was something special. Time will tell but as silly as the historians can be he will end up being the best president America ever had.

    December 15, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  70. Patsy, Texas

    No, Jack, the public will never know the truth. However, because
    these e-mails were "lost" but now found, is evidence of how far
    the Bush Administration would go to hide their "misdeeds" . You
    said it all in the above statement, but there are those who will
    defend these people, make excuses for them, deny their low
    tactics, because these defenders use the same half-truths and
    "blame the other guy" tactics in their reporting. They have no
    shame. We are paying a high price for their arrogance and I will
    forever blame them for it. Thank you.

    December 15, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  71. Arlene, Illinois

    No, not if Dick Cheney is still alive.

    December 15, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  72. Richard, Syracuse

    It needs to come out so that we can correct our path for this Country.

    It is essential that we all know what abuses are possible by our Elected Officials when they chose to ignore the law, and to ignore what is in the best interest for its Citizens and care more about what can be done for Self Interest, and Special Interests.

    December 15, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  73. Cal


    I'm sure with all the "shady" and "corrupt" people in Washington,
    you can be sure they will surely try! But with "Tricky Dicky" Cheney,
    and all the cover-ups, nope, will probably never happen. Too Bad.

    December 15, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  74. Annie, Atlanta

    What’s the difference? This administration clearly doesn’t have what it takes to do the right thing. Just looking forward allows the same crimes again, without repercussion. I never knew justice was selective.

    December 15, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  75. J W

    People who have normal or better intelligence already know the truth about Bush and the Bush Administration. Everyone else is a potential Palin/Cheney voter.

    December 15, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  76. Mr. D

    We will probably know the truth down the road. But, then again, maybe we really don't want to know what was going on. There is plenty going on now in government that we don't know about and this was true through most of our history as a country.

    December 15, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  77. RichP the Pocono's

    As long as you have liberals that are dedicating their lives to finding excuses for the current administrations failures.

    December 15, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  78. Terry R

    Yes, the media will dog this information until the courts force the release. Also someone from with in the Bush administration will write a tell all that actually is a tell all.

    Bethel NY

    December 15, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  79. Tom in Atlanta

    Yes they will. The truth always comes out.

    The problem is, by then they won't care. We're already just 12 months past, and people have forgotten the Republicans and George W. Bush entirely, all ready to elect them again.

    December 15, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  80. Ryan, CT

    The truth always comes out. Just look what happened to Tiger Woods.

    You can' hide anything these days!!

    December 15, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  81. marlene

    Jack, while it may be 2014 until the records may be released to the media, nothing precludes the courts or Congress from looking at these e-mails. If the e-mails are necessary in a court proceeding or relevant to a Congressional hearing they could be required to be provided. I believe the e-mails from the former VP's office may prove to be damaging to his historical record of office time. Won't it be interesting what the future holds!

    December 15, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  82. Esther Massillon Ohio

    We can't handle the truth!!!

    December 15, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  83. Peter from Canada.

    No,The zionists will not let that happen

    December 15, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  84. Jesse of ATL

    Jack, we already know.... The questions should be "What will be done about it"......

    December 15, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  85. The Broker.

    "What truth are you talking about, Jack?" All I want to know is when is Barack Obama going to be charged with ilegally entering the USA via the East indies in 1964."

    December 15, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  86. Irv Lilley Ephrata, Pa.

    Jack, Do you really think the public will find out the full truth about
    Bush /Cheney ? You must be out of touch with reality.

    December 15, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  87. Don (N.H.)

    The question is, will anything result from knowing the truth about what happened during the Bush administration? There is enough information already out there that would have impeached any previous President, or at least created a loud public outcry for justice. However, no matter what the issue is, it dissappears like water off a ducks back. The Bush White House seems to be untouchable, or maybe I should say the constitution has become just a piece of paper and our politicians are only responsible to themselves. Isn't that what happened to the Roman Empire?

    December 15, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  88. BOB WHITE, Kansas

    Yes, our society and the whole world will eventually see the affect and truth: Historical discernment. Too bad that our current justice system is not able to respond to the damage in a timely and just manner, now, and for that reason our society will be immediately diminished. Why do other nations detest Americans? Because we fail to see ourselves accurately and to fulfill our values commitments to others and to ourselves. We're hipocrits.

    December 15, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  89. perry jones

    the question is will the obama term show the truth as the travel the path of governing

    perry jones
    council bluffs ia

    December 15, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  90. Mode (PDX)

    The truth will not only come out about the Bush administration, but its going to come out about the whole baby boomer generation. The simple truth is Bush and Obama (suspend the disbelief) are the epitome of the corruption that has defined the baby boomers. Theft-through-borrowing, mass murder justified by lies and motivated by greed, the destruction of the middle class for the sake of an irresponsible baby boomer joy-ride: this is the legacy of the generation that never grew up. Once the baby boomers expire, so too will the most practiced excuse-makers, buck-passers and zealots for denial. Within the context of his generation, the Bush administration was inevitable.

    December 15, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  91. Jill

    Not until the Democrats get a backbone.

    December 15, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  92. Brian Delray Beach, FL

    The truth about the behavior of the Bush Administration will never be fully revealed. For the most part it is doubtful that many surprises remain to be brought to light. We have moved forward very little since Bush went to cut brush in Crawford permanently. We can still spin the dial and get same nonsense that Bush and Cheney pedaled from Kark Rove, Sarah Palin and the Glenn Beck/Rush Limbaugh/Fox News crowd. Regretfully too many Americans are still willing to believe that the war in Afghanistan and Iraq have a purpose other than enriching Halliburton, the melting of the polar caps are just Nature's way of providing more land for development, and limiting health care to the very rich is an expression of survival of the fittest. Anyway, those emails were probably in opposition to Republican politics and not "patriotic"as defined by Dr. Dick Strangelove.

    December 15, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  93. Brian Smith PhD

    In a Jack Nicholson movie, Nicholson says “You can't handle the truth! “ About Bush’s feeble excuses for the Iraq war (e.g. Winnebagos of Death ) are already known to be false. However, still to be exposed is Bush, (actually Cheney), imagined they could sweep into Iraq fast enough with the wherewithal to secure the Iraqi oil. Rumsfield, in his senility, dug his heals in on a small footprint military. End result Gen. Tommy Franks barely made it to Baghdad on a half a tank of gas and two flat tires. Stupidly, instead of admitting there was no WMDs and getting out in May of 2003, Bush and Cheney decided to stay and see if they could eventually snatch up the oil. It never happened. The truth Americans won’t be able to handle is finding out this scheme was concocted out of greed costing 4300 lives and a trillion dollars.

    December 15, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  94. BILL

    Jack Jesus will return to rule the world before that ever happens.

    December 15, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  95. Ed

    Eventually, but Americans already know most of it. They were asleep on guard duty on 9/11, launched an unnecessary war in Iraq, exposed an undercover CIA agent, and passed tax cuts without offsetting spending cuts increasing the national debt $5 trillion. Barack Obama was elected because of them.

    December 15, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  96. Kyle Irvine, CA

    The American people will only see a small fraction of the truth of what took place in the White House when George W. Bush held office. Like you said, the National Archives will decide which emails will go public. Anything classified as "National Security" will be preserved.

    December 15, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  97. Jack in Boynton Beach FL


    No we wont get the truth about the Bush cabal until all the participants are dead and buried. The Dems will protect the Republicans when it comes to telling the public the truth. The corrupt always protect each other.

    December 15, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  98. Jacob of New York

    Doesn't matter the length of time it takes; the truth NEEDS needs to come out; not only to shut all these repugnants and the conservative nutjobs mouths up, but to also show the sheer STUPIDITY and SHEEPNESS of people.

    December 15, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  99. Steven Foyer

    I would say even if most or some of it is not yet out, the Bush administration's legacy says it all.
    The Bush Administration should take responsibility for their actions. The devastation from the war in Iraq (creating approx. 4 million Iraqi refugees, nearly hundred thousand Iraqi deaths, more than 4 thousand American casualties and still counting), keeping the cost of both wars out of the budget so that it does not show up in the deficit.

    Totally destabilizing Somalia, when they had a chance of a relatively stable government in 2006. (According to the New York Times. In 2006 an umbrella movement called the Islamic Courts Union seemed close to uniting the country of Somalia. The movement constituted the best hope for putting Somalia together again and the prospect of having a functional government again. But Bush Administration did some so called surgical strikes in 2006 and green lighted the Ethiopian invasion of Somalia which created a humanitarian disaster. We still see pictures of refugees and malnourished children from Somalia. Do you think the in Bush administration's policy toward Somalia was a success ?) Now news outlets report on some missing Somali Americans.
    How about Afghanistan ? Still a mess.
    Israeli-Palestinian conflict ? They let it fester. Delayed the cease-fire on the Israeli-Lebanon conflict so that more damage could be done to Lebanon. What did it accomplish ? Hezbollah is still part of the Lebanese government.
    Did not say a word on the Israeli Gaza conflict (same with Obama Administration). Now look at the UN report that states that Israel committed war crimes during that conflict.
    And some of these Bush officials also have the nerve to show up and thump their chest about their so called accomplishments ?
    How about Abu Ghraib and so called "Enhanced Interrogations" ?
    They let Blackwater, Inc. run wild in Iraq. Is it being prosecuted for the massacre of Iraqi civilians ? For using special bullets that explode internally after penetration on Iraqis ? (Blackwater Inc's CEO Eric Prince's comments about obliterating Islam is probably the least of it..)
    How about the Economy ? They drove it into a ditch....
    Enough said.....

    December 15, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  100. Patti B/Oak Hall, VA

    We may learn much more about the Bush administration. But we will never learn enough about the intentional lies to the American public, and the absolute misleading actions by Cheney. "W" should have listened more to his father, and tossed Cheney & Rumsfeld.

    December 15, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  101. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Wow...listening to Cantor...unbeleivable!

    beleive in free markets is ok but your banks do not want to take the risks on smal businesses and now all we hear is let's invite other banks from abroad to take the risks on you...sure...right on..again do not change!

    December 15, 2009 at 4:50 pm |

    Sure we will, Jack. Many years after most of these hooligans are dead and gone. And you can bet the Republicans will do their best to block everything they can for as many years as they can!

    December 15, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  103. Doug - Dallas, TX

    I'm sure they will Jack but it will happen so far in the future it will only serve to confirm what we already know. The Bush administration used the constitution when it suited them and ignored it the rest of the time and pretty much did what they wanted to whether it was legal or not. The unfortunate part is there will be no accounting for the lives ruined by their actions, the number of lives lost because of their unjust war in Iraq and not properly supporting our troops in Afghanistan, not to mention the recession/depression they left us with. I believe that once historians rank the Bush presidency it will be one of the worst.

    December 15, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  104. Greg, Ontario

    No...the American ego and it's belief that it is the greatest example of the human race ever recorded will not allow the idea that it's voters are so stupid that they not only put an idiot in power once but twice. Listen to yourselves , you want a hands off government but you want President Obama to creat jobs. You say your are a free country but you send your best of the best and your future all over the world to die for companies and countries that don't give a dam about America. The list goes on and on it really is a shame.

    December 15, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  105. vern-anaheim,ca

    jack,i don't know if the truth will ever come out about the crimes comitted by the bush adminestration during their time in office but americans deserve to know about some of the illegal activities that occured during the bush term in office ,the illegal invasion of Iraq and other illegal activities

    December 15, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  106. Georgia from PA

    The public has had the truth about GW for eight years: GW Bush was nothing but a liar and a fraud – We all know that so who cares? Any time a bureaucrat says "there's a much to do about nothing" an alert should go up to the public there is a whole lot of corruption covered up, besides the fact most of us have had Psych 101 and know belittling concerns of another is a guilty person manipulating a get away.

    December 15, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  107. Jim Langley

    Bush? We can't even get the truth about what goes on behind closed Congressional and White House doors TODAY. When Obama and Congress show leadership on true transparency, then the people will support onion peels on the past. Let's not continue to propagate bad practices.

    December 15, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  108. Allen L Wenger

    Yes, the truth always comes out eventually. Unfortunately, it will be too late to punish those who broke the law. The Bush Administration will get what it wanted, no accountability for what they have done.

    Mountain Home ID

    December 15, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  109. Darren

    The Bush Administration commiteed war crimes (torturing detaineees) to help justify their toppling Iraq and not only broke our laws but International Laws as well, and if we protect our own war criminals, how will the rest of the world see us, surely not as the nation of laws we once prided ourselves on.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  110. Lil Me

    These emails will amount to little more than another ClimateGate. To some, they will prove the evils of the Bush administration while others will remain in denial.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  111. Anthony.....Swedesboro, NJ

    Dick Cheney, Bush's Robespierre, was the penultimate Washington insider. He took care of all the nefarious activities and was smart enough to know how to bury the evidence and you won't find it in the new multi-million dollar George W. Bush library. It will take years of forensics to ascertain the true malevolence of this administration.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  112. Chad from Los Angeles

    The public should get the truth. Part of me says, lets get over it, but if we don't bring out what happened, it will set a precedence that a president can do whatever he wants, and that is dangerous for the entire world!

    December 15, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
  113. cy

    Just like Iran Contra the corporate owned government of the US will find a way to allow lawbreakers to walk away from their crimes scot (or should I say "Scooter") free. cy arlington, va

    December 15, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
  114. Richard, Kankakee, IL.

    No, because the American People are afraid of the truth! That Bush had been warned for months by other countries, and the Clinton administration that an attack was coming, but because they wanted to go to war because it is highly profitable for their friends in the Military Industrial Complex and the Central Banks that loan the money to go to war! The Bankers fund both side of all wars!

    December 15, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  115. Sandra Lynn

    Someday we will know more than we know now about clandestine things that happened during the Bush administration, but by that time the the only people who will care will be scholars. It will be much like what happened with the Nixon Tapes.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  116. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Hell lets not stop with the Bush administration how about white water and what about letting Osama go before 9-11 lets pick on the democrats also if were going to start to dig for garbage lets get the garbage that caused American lives.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  117. John, Fort Collins, CO

    I doubt the full truth will ever come out. The Bush administration had several years to comb through the "missing" emails and sanitize them as necessary. They probably got the job completed just about the same time Dick Cheney suddenly apppeared to be relaxed and started getting chatty.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  118. Laura

    "Truth" is such a transient term, subject to all of the flaws of human perception and understanding. I give a philosophical answer here because I have no idea.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  119. Dariel

    Santa Rosa, CA.
    Not until Bush, his cronies and big money connected to Bush's terms in office are long gone.
    In the mean time you may see "it's been redacted", National Security, Presidential privilege, personal content or any Legal veil that can be applied.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  120. Nick in Spfg MO


    We will not see any incriminating emails from the Bush administration during our lifetime.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  121. katiec Pekin, IL

    Probably not. It would be too incriminating and embarressing that
    we, the people, actually voted in such leaders so lacking in integrity
    and honor. History will, that is if history is still taught, show Bush
    and his administration as one of the most inept we have had the
    misfortune to have. Guess we do not need to add criminal charges
    to that.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  122. steve in virginia

    Since Bush no longer controls the governmental archives, I suspect we'll have the same chance of the entire truth as for other administrations in our lifetime- slim to none. But I think we'll eventually know more than we do now. By the way, "mislabeling and effectively lost" sounds like an IT issue, rather than a Bush administration issue.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  123. Michaeljwjr

    Yes, the truth about Bush will be released the day after the truth about JFK.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  124. Karl from SF, CA

    I think we have all surmised a good share of what happened already, but I’m afraid the real scary stuff is still buried. Will any of them be held accountable for it? Never in a million years. The Bush administration is the black eye on America’s reputation and the Cheney family, in particular, only amplifies it every time one of them opens their mouth. If Dick or Liz Cheney really understood the precepts of this country’s history and laws they wouldn’t show their outrageous ignorance on national television. They are both a disgrace to our country and it’s despicable that they and Rove, Rumsfeld, Rice and the rest, are getting away with it.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  125. Melissa

    Probably but no one will believe it.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  126. K.Nanstad

    Dear Jack:

    No the absolute "truth, won't come out of the Bush Administration! All bases covered there! AND, even if , by slim chance it ever did surface, I am betting the farm, that no one would prosecute any way! THAT much has been obvious from the git go! Just look at the health care bill, is THAT going to change anything really? No. Just look at the Banking Industry, is THAT going to change? Obviously NOT! Nothing is going to "Change," all the scum bags will continue to get away with lying, cheating, and stealing, directly off of the middle class tax payers! The bar has been broken, and our government "system," won't go back to where it was, BEFORE it was ruined beyond recognition and repair.

    K. Tacoma,WA

    December 15, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  127. Ed

    We already know the truth Jack. They broke the law, took us to war under false pretense, made themselves and their buddies rich and ruined the economy. What more do we need to know?

    December 15, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  128. Leslie

    Unfortunately with the way Washington works with all the covering of someone else's but. The fact that all politicians have aspirations of staying in or reaching higher office and with all the dirt that they have on each other. NO! The democrats in congress mainly the house speaker, the senate leader and the (dare I say it) Obama administration have let the voters down by not doing what the citizens sent them there to do. Which was to get to the bottom of this mess that the previous administration caused and, to get justice for the people in the country they all claim they love and are fighting for. I am sick to death of how these so called leaders, have not done what the majority of the voters asked them to do. They all ran on and, said that they would "change Washington". What did they do? Nothing! You don't have to be a lawyer to know that Gonzales, Rumsfeld, Cheney and Bush all committed high crimes against the country and, they should be made to answer for those crimes within our system of justice. President Obama is going around the world apologizing for the crimes of the Bush administration but, not once has he done anything to seek justice for those crimes. I will say this to those politicians that want to pass the buck on this issue. The people that put you in office can take you out of it. We can and, will remember where you stood on the issues that are important to us, just ask the former republican majority leaders. The citizens that voted in the last elections are not as forgiving as the last generation of voters. You should keep that in mind in your next run for office

    December 15, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  129. TomC

    I just hope real change will come, meaning that even an out of office president will be procecuted for wrongdoings in office.
    Now That would be change we could believe in!

    December 15, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  130. louis e. burt

    We will get the truth when the american people storm the gates of congress. It isn't called TERRORISM its called PATRIOTISM.
    Bailey, Co.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  131. scott

    Mr Bush doesn't want those emails seen because they reveal that he already killed Bin Laden and faked 9/11.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  132. cy

    The huge corporations that own the media and Congress will continue to stiff the American public and treat us like the dumb, dirty peasants that they think we are. The law does not apply to the rich and well connected and the GOP gets really huffy when people like you forget that, Jack. cy from arlington, va

    December 15, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  133. Michael D

    Maybe the press should worry more about what the Climategate emails reveal now instead of what the Bush administration emails will reveal in 2014. Cap and trade legislation will be much more intrusive than anything Bush could of whipped up.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  134. Marion/Alabama

    Who cares Jack,when we don;t know the truth about our sitting President why worry about the past,we are going bankrupt and the Democrats are spend like fools.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  135. Rhonda

    No....not unless we waterboard Cheney (the true "power" behind the throne).

    December 15, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  136. Ken in NC

    Yes Jack we will right after they release the truth about the JFK Conspiracy. Then they will start work on getting the Bush emails out so we should have them by the year 2060. That's our goverment working at WARP 9.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  137. Tom Laskawski

    Yonkers, NY
    I think all the lies of the Bush Administration will come out in about 40 years from now....right now we can forget about having the truth exposed, espeically while the Republican Party is loosing its image with each day passing.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  138. T S Umbra

    Did they also happen to find all those old 'missing' George W. Bush Texas Air National Guard personnel records?

    December 15, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  139. Liz, Los Angeles, CA

    No, primarily because sorting through 22 million of anything is a near-impossible task. Also, much of what's contained in the e-mails is probably written in some sort of secret code, making things even worse.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  140. Jeff in Boulder, Co

    We're back on the Bush administration again? This is getting tiresome. This email "discovery" is just an attempt to shift focus from the current administration's inability to get anything done.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  141. John in Lake Tahoe NV

    Jack, the truth will come out, albeit it in drips and drabs, thanks to the tenacity of dedicated journalists like yourself and many other skeptical investigative journalists.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  142. Larry So Cali

    Dear Jack, If your a Progressive like me you already Know the truth. Americans have got to be brain dead to not know the most corrupt presidency in history was the Bush administration. If people only knew the truth about Karl Rove and wht he got away with...!!!

    December 15, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  143. Joe Mcfadden, Front Royal Virginia

    It took some time to find these, that is if they were ever lost or hidden. I am not sure if we really want to know what was in them. They may harm the country more.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  144. Greg - Minneapolis, MN

    Forget it Jack, your latest attempt to smear the Bush Administration falls flat. No Administration in history has ever had all of their "secrets" exposed. Even the Nixon Tapes do not tell the whole story. And then there is the "truth" about what went on in the Oval Office during the Clinton Administration. By the time the emails are fully declassified, and their material studied, events will have moved on and the only ones who will care are those with a grudge, looking to complain about what they "inherited" from the Bush Administration!

    December 15, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  145. Malcolm

    We will of course never get the whole truth. The reality is the Bush Administration and their Republican allies are very skilled at evading the law (and the truth) when it is convenient to do so. That is why they are able to stay in power even when not in the Majority. Can you say "Health Care Reform?"

    December 15, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  146. damian

    The truth as they want it to be will come out. Not what really was.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  147. Scott Stodden

    We'll probably get the truth of what happened during the Bush administration when health care passes, the budget gets balanced, and unemployement comes down and the economy stabalizes which is when dealing with the Obama administration probably never. Its just appalling that these political cronnies can get away with so much and never have to answer for what they did, release all the emails and don't make the public wait.

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    December 15, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  148. lookahead12

    If the answer is No!, then whats the point of trying to find out. Case closed just like Tiger Woods would want it.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  149. Debbie

    I don't know if the public will ever get to read these emails, Jack. But we're licking our chops in anticipation. One thing for sure, if we ever get to see them, George Bush and Dick Cheney can forget about writing their own legacies. They've been duly written and are bound to be a better read than Madame Bovary!

    December 15, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  150. gary

    If it comes out of Washington you know its not the truth

    December 15, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  151. Tim

    We will evenually find out what happen. But I will give it a timeline that they gave on the Kennedy

    December 15, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  152. Fred

    Yes, Jack, when Cheney comes clean and when pigs fly.

    Surfside Beach, SC

    December 15, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  153. Bruce Marshall

    No Jack not until all the people in the Bush administration are dead. But we all knew that. What we don't know is if Wolf took his meds today?? He keeps seeing a plane that isn't there LOL

    December 15, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  154. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    No and I guess they will never truly be free!

    December 15, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  155. Lisa, San Jose CA

    Not unless someone with access to those 22 million emails 'accidentally' copies them to an unlocked archive on the internet.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  156. Chuck

    If half of what I suspect is the truth, you really can't handle the truth.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  157. Marshall

    We'll no the truth in about 50 years when the more sensitive documents become declassified. My question is why anybody cares about the firing of seven federal prosecutors by the Bush administration. The Clinton administration fired 93 prosecutors, some of which were investigating his democratic constituents and major campaign donator, without anybody saying a word.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  158. T.J. Tampa

    Sure we will after he is dead like Nixon and the Nixon Tapes. But, in all honesty we don't need emails to co sign on his illegal regime. The world already knows how corrupt he and Cheney was and the laws they violated.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  159. Sean

    Belvidere, Illinois

    I could tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  160. Doug Howell

    Yes, but unfortunately, probably far into the future. Bush Jr. moved a mountain of papers to Dad's Presidential library to keep prying eyes away from them when he was governor and running for President. And I guess at this point the same thing is happening with his presidential papers. I'm still not sure why he's building a library. There won't be anything there to look at. So much for transparency.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  161. Steve Carpenter

    We will undoubtedly never know, at least publicly, the content of the 21 million emails that were "lost" by The Bush Administration. The content would likely reveal far too many details of their treasonous actions, and further embarrass the Americans in the front window of the world.

    New York, NY

    December 15, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  162. Candice North

    I hope we can learn more about some of the atrocities and lies that occurred in the Cheney/Rove, I mean Bush administration. Perhaps it can convince some more stubborn right wingers who are holding on with all their might to their illogical beliefs that the past 8 years were a disgrace to America's history. I do believe that we will never know 100%, because some secrets are probably too atrocious for the world to know, or for the US to ever make amends for, and its to our benefit to keep it classified.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  163. Dan Mason

    A government is supposed to protect its people, but the government gets to decide how to protect the people. Most of the time government decides that the truth is just too much for the people to handle. So, the answer is no, but we already know the truth.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  164. Luci - Pekin, IL.

    I depends on who is in office in 2014 . If the Republicans are in office, we will never get to see what is on them. I only hope I live long enough to get to know what they were hiding. Then I hope they all get put in Prison for many years.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  165. Juan Perez

    Will the public ever get the truth about what's going on at the Obama White House? No. Get over Bush, Jack. Focus on the creeps that are currently running our country into the ground.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  166. Robert elliott

    Hell no, we havent heard the truth about what any president has done or will do, i.e. do you really believe Lee harvey oswald was the only one involved , give me a break, the U.S. population is like mushrooms, kept in the dark and fed...........

    December 15, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  167. William Joseph Miller, Los Angeles

    Not if Republicans can help it. They lied about Obama's birth certificate (in spite of overwhelming evidence.) They lie about global warming (again inspite of overwhelming evidence.) They claimed Obama was planning to set up death panels and that he would pull the plug on grandma, even though health insurance companies already employ death panels – they are called actuaries – and even though Republicans for years have wanted to shut down Medicare.
    There's only one problem with lying – and believing your own lies. Evenutally that tactic backfires. The last example of this was the late,great USSR. Supposedly according to Republicans, all Reagan had to do was yell "Tear down the wall." and the Berlin Wall came down. (Bush tried to use the same tactic against Saddam Hussein.)
    The truth is that the Soviet Union was involved one lie and denial after another and that they were buried under the weight of their own illusions*. By 1986, when Reagan issued his ultimatum, the Soviets were well aware that the days of the USSR were limited. The same fate awaits the United States.

    * (I should know, since I traveled behind the Iron Curtain several times as an independent, free-style tourist so I could see the degree of illusion first hand.)

    December 15, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  168. karim ali

    we need jobs, lower taxes, so I can higher more employees, how about millions o emails of obama I would love to read what our b plus president is doing, bush kept us safe I made millions in bush ere now recession

    December 15, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  169. ken m.

    Jack, this country will be paying for all the miss use of goverment for many years to come, 90% of all our problems are from the bush adminastration, what has happen to this country, he got us in 2 wars by lieing to america, broke so many laws yet we just let them walk away, and not hold them responsable for anything costing america billions.20 years ago they would of all been put in jail. ken

    December 15, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  170. Linda in Arizona

    We may never get the "proof" because the war criminals knew in advance what they were going to do was illegal, immoral, and wrong, so they took steps to cover their disgraceful tracks from the beginning. It will be very difficult to prove, and they will all get away with their war crimes. All of them: cheney, bush, rummy, rice, wolfowitz, and the rest are assured of never having to pay for their crimes against humanity and individuals. The whole lot of them should be swinging from ropes, but to answer your question, if the public doesn't know by now, even without the "proof", then they're blind, dumb, deaf, and retarded, and probably couldn't tell if the sun is shining.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  171. Lisa, San Jose CA

    Not unless someone with access to those 22 million emails 'accidentally' copies them to an unlocked archive on the internet.

    Where's a TSA employee when you need one?

    December 15, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  172. budrichards

    Jack, that's an oxymoron using "Bu$h" and "truth" in the same sentence. Ans: it will never happen! Bud

    December 15, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  173. Jeff (Sarasota, FL)


    Does it really matter... The Bush/Chaney administration happened and it is over... we need to more the country forward not backward... that seems to be the biggest problem in the country, to busy looking back and trying to place blame and not enough looking forward to fixing things... Bush/Chaney is over, most people have already formed their opinion and learning anything a few years down the road will change very few options anyway...

    December 15, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  174. Richard

    Yes, we'll find out about the 22 million emails and the rotten things that the Bush Administration did, but only after Bush and Cheney are dead, and only when it will be a convenient distraction from the corruption of the Republican administration that will be in power at the time.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  175. Lee Rogelstad

    The two most dishonest people in history occupied the white house for those 8 years. Bush and Chaney have insured that only what they want released will be releasted. Lee. Greenbrier

    December 15, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  176. Jay in S. Ar.

    No Jack, we will never find all of the filth that took place. But Jack, in my life we have had two Presidents from Texas. I'm all for a constituional amendament barring any other Texan, (real or transplant) from ever holding that office again.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  177. Greg Carlson


    Hopefully, some government officials can throw up enough roadblocks to keep these emails and the truth from coming out for at least another twenty or thirty years. You can't prosecute anyone for wars crimes after they are dead.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  178. John Kelley

    Do you remember the 26 volume Warren commission report on the assassination of JFK? There was not one scintilla of evidence that there was a conspiracy. We had the erasure of Nixon's 18 minutes – The "smoking gun." Well, with all of these emails they were able to go through they will not find any "smoking gun." They, the Bush administration have gone through all these millions and have eradicated all "smoking guns."
    Nothing new – it is a waste of time but necessary to go.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  179. Bruce Eberle, OK

    The Bush Administration will go down in history as the worst and most corrupt presidency. It is sad that thousands of our great soldiers will have died and will have been critically injured In Iraq, a war that was started by a corrupt Bush Administration.

    Americans should unite and hold this Administration responsible so this never happens again. The truth will set us free.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  180. Tim

    We will evenually find out what happen. But I will give it a timeline that they gave on the Kennedy assassination. Given that I'm 30 years old, I won't find out till I'm 75 years or older. The excuse they will use will be, The country was in a time of war.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  181. john ....... marlton, nj

    Boy it's cold down here ...hee...heee

    December 15, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  182. Greg, Denver CO

    I still want to know why Bin Laden's family was here when 9/11 happened and why they were allowed to fly out of the states on that day.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  183. Flyingwolf, Manchester NH

    The truth will be told only when courageous journalists dare to tell it . And it will probably not be told until December 22, 2012, the day after the religious right believes the world will end.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  184. Jonathon

    Jack, we already have the truth. We know the truth is they outright lied to go to war in Iraq, that Rove and Cheney personally outed Plame and the Justice Department Attorney firings were purely political.

    The real question is, will there ever be enough court admissible evidence and anyone with the stones to prosecute the administration's highest officials for treason and a myriad of other charges.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  185. Pete - Toronto

    Mr Cafferty –

    Of course the truth will come out – it always does. Look how long it took for all the revelations about Roosevelt & Kennedy to come out. Why is the American press so obsessed with constantly bashing Bush? Perhaps diverting attention away from the current President's inability to get anything actualy accomplished??

    December 15, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  186. Ray in Nashville

    You mean the truth about how Bush and his cronies lied to the world about why we invaded Iraq? Or the truth about Bush being such a vindictive man that he ruined a CIA agents carreer to get back at her husband? Or that his administration came closer to ruining this country than any other administration? Those truths are already out, Jack. Democrats know, Rebuplicans don't care.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  187. steve o

    Why Jack? Isn't anyone going to be searching for any lies? No because thats all their was, one after another!

    December 15, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  188. James Angleton

    Truth about Bush? What kind of crazy question is that? The real question is: Will any truth EVER come out Washington? I think even I can answer that one....NO.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  189. Keith Long

    Come on Jack, we already know the answers to that one.


    I could say a few more but I think that covers the key points.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  190. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Democrats be ware the Republicans will hold office again and your actions also will be put under fire.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  191. J.G. Schwam

    Quite simply no. Because there is no political will to do so. Nancy Pelosi made it clear years ago when she was named speaker of the house that there would be no investigations into Bush's illegal activities. Obama did the same when he took office. There is as I said no desire by congress to tie up their time and open the media flood gates with investigations for months and months. Our legislators no longer have the stomach for the truth. The only chance is if Obama quietly directs Eric Holder to investigate. As for myself I'd like nothing better than to see Cheney, Rumsfeld, Viceroy of Iraq, Bremmer, Bush himself and many others frog marched up the steps of the US Federal Courthouse in New York City.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  192. Chad from Los Angeles

    I know all presidents had scandals, some bigger than others. But with Bush, you do not put anything past what he'd do. I am not old enough to know, but has there been another President with that kind of reputation for doing whatever he wanted? I hate to keep looking back to his actions, but is he not the most sociopathic president we have ever had?

    December 15, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  193. Dan in Flagstaff

    Yes Jack. The truth is already out. President Bush started a war for no good reason, ignored most of the major issues that President O'Bama is at least tring to resolve, took month long vacations and could not make a speech without looking like a complete idiot. Yes Jack, the is truth is alreay out. George Bush was the worst president ever, and it is not close.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  194. Pat

    Not sure getting to the "truth" about what happened four or five years ago in the WH makes much of a difference any more. But getting to the truth on climate change does. Has CNN spent as much time on investigating the Climategate emails as they will chasing this red herring?

    Your bogeyman (Bush) is gone. CNN and Obama should focus on the future.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  195. John, Illinois

    Jack thats asking to respect basic morals. Honesty with the american public in the Bush administration was not a priority.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  196. Ellie

    I'm starting to think that nobody in this country cares about what the law is. You know, the big guys change the law to suit themselves anyway. So what good can one person do except get heartburn. Sure is sad tho.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  197. Mickey C.

    No, just like we'll never get the truth about

    TWA 800
    OK City
    The financial meltdown, etc., etc.

    Anybody who would believe ANYTHING that comes from our government is still hanging on to the illusion that it can be trusted.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  198. kathy

    We will never know the truth until, he is dead and buried And people are no longer be afraid of Cheney. I guess when they are all gone.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  199. jim Blevins

    Yes, but not in our lifetime. Behind Bush were the same people who are blocking everything from Obama. They have a ideology that they think supersedes everything else, especially truth. Until they are gone, they will block the truth.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    December 15, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  200. Steve Canada

    What purpose would it serve (if any). You will see whatever they wish you to see..no more, no less..What would be funny is to see the e-mails that have been flying around since the announcement that they found the "lost"ones..Now THAT would be entertaining, and very very educational

    December 15, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  201. Rob in Nova Soctia Canada

    Funny how a few thousands hacked e-mails, can change the Climate change debate.When it comes to 22,000,000 lost ,mislabeled e-mails from the most powerful political seat in the world according to the spokesman there is muck ado about noting.The truth is we will never know the truth, but people are not stupid and have a good feeling of what the truth is

    December 15, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  202. Mark, San Francisco

    Yes, just about the time the Warren Commission Report comes out.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  203. lindaglenn

    REP.put us all in danger !! and whats realy SAD!! is that AMERICANS dont seem to care.GOD HELP US ALL!!!!

    December 15, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  204. Bill, Illinois

    Only a sanitized version, in order to protect ALL of those involved

    December 15, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  205. Mark Green

    For freedom loving people you sure didnt protest much when the Bush/Cheney administration stole your rights to privacy. I will never see Americans in the same light. I would have sworn you would have risen up in outrage against the transgretions perpetuated on the American people by the evil GWB/DC empire of death and greed.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  206. GWTripp, Mch'sburg, PA

    As “ever” is a long time I am certain that much if not all of the facts and details regarding everything from 9/11 to TARP will become evident. My concern is whether justice will be done. I do not foresee a time where Dick Chaney, George Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, and George Tenet are held accountable for their disregard for the Constitution, taking unlawful actions in surveillance and torture, or for their providing false and misleading information regarding everything from 9/11, the Iraq War through TARP. If everything is brought to light, while I doubt that our lily-livered politicians will ever try, adjudicate and then take punitive actions, I believe an international body would want to put on trial some of these culprits for crimes against humanity.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  207. Pablo in Arlington Texas

    If you were worrying where the next generation of Political Science Ph.D. dissertations were coming from you can relax. Scholars will be mining this data for the next several decades trying to get to the truth in the Byzantine workings of the Bush/Cheney Administration. In the end it is likely the Shrub and his Eminence Grise will supplant both Grant and as having run the most incompetent and most corrupt administrations in our history
    Arlington Texas

    December 15, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  208. Rob - Claremore, OK

    Not as long as the colors of our flag are red white and blue.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  209. Brian D.

    No – the truth is lost forever along with your souls. The die is cast, the end is near.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  210. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    The truth would be the biggest book seller in the World and it could possibly pay off our deficit.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  211. bouchaib nakri

    Not a chance!
    Between the sleazy republicans and the spineless democrats, the chances are slim and none.
    And slim is a casuality of the war of choice. I.e Iraq.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  212. B

    The American people seem to have short memories. By 2014 no one will care.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  213. JIm from SC

    Jack; We will get the partial truth at some point in the future after the Statue of Limitations expires, which I suppose is better than nothing at all. I am afraid History will judge the Bush/Cheney Administration rather harshly. Remember Justice Delayed is Justice Denied.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  214. Richard, Kankakee, IL.

    Not until the American People come out of their dream world into the real world, they are already forgetting how much they have suffered under the Republicans, that they think that they want the Republican's back in office, how dumb can you get! How much can they afford to lose! LOL!

    December 15, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  215. EugeneWiese

    Let historians tell us about the Bush administration.Most of it is so damn negative,I can't see any good reason for wasting time with digging in garbage. Gene

    December 15, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  216. matt

    Jack these Emails could be evidence in Gov. Sieglmans false imprisonment ala carl rove

    December 15, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  217. Barbara in NC

    We'll never know. By the way - why does the time stamp on these comments appear to be one hour ahead?

    December 15, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  218. Arlo

    Mr. Cafferty, you are asking the wrong question.

    The question should be "will the media honestly and objectively seek the truth contained in the emails?" No. You've provided the undeniable proof with the way you started this blog.

    Why not wait for the emails and see what the facts will reveal?

    I thought one of the important tenets of democracy and the rule of law was the assumption of innocence and to let the facts determine the outcome.

    The biggest threat to our democracy and freedoms is the "guilty until proven innocent" assumption by the media. The media, Mr. Cafferty included, should set a good example and not jump to conclusions until all the facts are known.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  219. Mike

    It doesn't matter. The Bush administration was like big tobacco; everyone knew they were dealers of death and destruction in the name of profit long before the "truth" came out.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  220. Calvin Hunter

    Once again Jack, question asked and question answered. Only this time you are right. No, we will never know the truth in our lifetimes. We can only surmise the truth through the daily suffering we experience on a daily basis.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  221. Barry

    The real question is WHEN will we ever know how many e mails, papers, and shady bureaucrats the Obama administration is hiding? Despite your networks' attempts to polarize small differences between the Obama and Bush administrations, more and more Americans are seeing business as usual. I agree with your hint "no" or we will never know everything/anything about the Bush administration, however we know less about Obama's administration (other than angry rants polarizing small differences by your rival network), and last time I checked, he is "commander in chief". The mass media has failed to give us real insight into the Obama administration due to the enormous coverage given to health care reform. In reality, an average American has little to no control over health care and other issues such as the war, so why all the arguments over subtle details is my question? Why not tell us who these people are rather than simply reporting what they're doing, who is happy, and who is mad, end of story. It would be nice if the media could provide some motive for these actions, other than rationalizations from congressional committees, elite correspondents, and special interest groups such as think tanks.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  222. Dianne of Paducah

    We can expect the truth when they start serving ice water from Hell. when pigs fly, when monkeys lay eggs. How many ways can I say NO!

    December 15, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  223. steve

    NO Dick Cheney is way smarter than any of us!

    December 15, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  224. Richard, Kankakee, IL.

    Oh the Truth that during Clinton's Administration in 1996 that we almost when into a Nuclear war, because some dumb person's could not let the Russians know that we were doing a missile weapons test in the Pacific Ocean!

    That is some truth for us all we could all be dead right now if a Russian Major had not stopped thing from getting far worse, if he had fired the missiles that he was in charge of!

    Our Government is down right dumb, and none of you new about it!

    December 15, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  225. Bob Chapman

    Yes, all of their emails are stored for the Smithstonian Institute. If you remember in 2007, I was accused of hacking the White House and Pentagon mainframes.
    Jack none of their emails have been lost.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  226. Bob

    I think there should be a call out to all Hackers to bring
    those files back into the light of day. Bush broke the law
    and doesn't deserve the cover of the archives.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  227. Deb n Texas

    Well Jack, whatever you do in the dark – WILL COME TO THE LIGHT OF DAY. The truth has to come forth. The Bush Administration with Good Ole Boy Cheney have to be EXPOSED for who they really are. Right now, they really think they have gotten over, maybe they did financially for themselves – THE TRUTH IS ON THE WAY! I can't wait to hear it.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  228. GWTripp, Mch'sburg, PA

    I do not foresee a time where Dick Chaney, George Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, and George Tenet are held accountable for their disregard for the Constitution, taking unlawful actions in surveillance and torture, or for their providing false and misleading information regarding everything from 9/11, the Iraq War through TARP. If everything is brought to light, while I doubt that our lily-livered politicians will ever try, adjudicate and then take punitive actions, I believe an international body would want to put on trial some of these culprits for crimes against humanity.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  229. lynne forrest

    The only way the truth about the Bush Administration will come out is if the media do their job investigating them, as well as they investigate the likes of Tiger Woods and Michael Jackson – and they did a great job on President Clinton.
    Some day maybe there will be a media who cares about serving the best interests of the American people instead of their own agendas. The last 8 years have been a black mark on journalism to say the least. There's no excuse for their blatant covering up of Bush and Cheney's crimes – they did it for 8 years and they're still doing it. Lawlessness reigns in the U.S.A. Not much to be proud of.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  230. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Jack when I go back and read my first comment it confirms my thoughts about how misinformed people are about Clinton letting Osama go before 9-11.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  231. OBDAG in Appleton, WI

    No, I doubt the public will ever get the truth about the Bush administration. It doesn't really matter though whether we get the truth or not we have all already concluded that he was the worst president in American history. We have also determined the man (i.e., Bush) and his administration had no problem with lying, cheating, stealing, etc. to further it's goals whether it was in the countries best interest or not. There is only one thing I would like to know about Bush and that is what decision is made in regard to him on judgement day. Will they even allow this guy to enter the pearly gates or not. I also still don't know how he can sleep at night knowing how he has lived and conducted his life.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  232. dave nashville

    The truth serum is dated 2014, why? The government holds back the truth on most matters that will outrage the public into finally having a true tea party.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:47 pm |
  233. Homeless D

    when non-global warming puts an ice cap on Hades!!!!!

    December 15, 2009 at 5:47 pm |
  234. Karen - Nashville

    Reality is subjective, so I would have to say no.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:47 pm |
  235. F. Smith

    Just maye in a 50 years or so when all concerned are deceased. And at that time no one will care because our national problems will far exceed what happened in the past.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:48 pm |
  236. paul

    I used to say they ( congress )cannot give it away fast enough. Now I see that they can give it away fast enough.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  237. RusRus

    Jack the truth is there are weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and oil means nothing to Bush. People cant handle the other or "real" truth as honest people like to call it. Saddly nobody cares enough to stand up for the truth so we may never really know. As much as people pay lip service about their rights, the truth is they are sheep and the previous administration treated them like the sheep they are. After Florida Bush and Cheney knew they could do anything they wanted because the sheep would follow blindly and they did.

    December 15, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  238. Ed from California

    One can only hope that the voters can see through the smoke that all politicians put out there. When we vote, we need to thoroughly look at the candidate and their qualifications for the office. And most importantly if their honest, and have a little bit of integrity. When did it become a factor, if you believe in a God, to be elected. Don't we separate church and state? As far as the truth, "Can you handle the truth". The truth is we need honest people who will really put country(us) first. And not their interests, first. Right Joe Lieberman!

    December 15, 2009 at 5:54 pm |