It'll be flying off the shelves.. (Will you read it? Answer our WIBW.COM poll question on the home page..) Scott McClellan is the talk (and in some circles, the toast of Washington) for his anti-Bush book, "What Happened." In the book to be published next week, President Bush's former press secretary rails against the administration for using "political propaganda" to start the war in Iraq. (Is that something new, or all that surprising?) But McClellan's motivation in penning the 340-page book may have been the role he felt he played as a sucker in doling out information from Karl Rove and Scooter Libby on the CIA leak against outed agent Valerie Plame.
There's plenty to go around in this book, including "unknowingly" passing out the info on Plame. He adds that the President should have remembered the rule that war must be necessary, "and the war in Iraq is not necessary." McClellan routes his book through New Orleans, criticizing the Air Force One flyover ordered by Rove after Hurricane Katrina. Yep, there's probably a lot in this book you want to read. The White House reaction could be described as "dis.." They call Scott "disgruntled" and "disloyal."
But why publish it now? Tell-all books like McClellan's are normally reserved for next year.. the first year a President is out of office. Is he getting the book out now because he needs the money? Does he want to beat the pack on anti-Iraq tomes? Does he want to derail the John McCain campaign? Well, I'm starting to rhyme now.. so let me get to the point. Write me back, and let me know if you can't wait to read "What Happened" or don't have any desire to read this book.. Lay it out for us on why we should, or should not be interested in what Scott McClellan has to say! RH