Woodward Defines Change Needed on November 7 on '60 Minutes' Tonight
In his new book, 'State of Denial,' Woodward spells out in agonizing detail how George W. Bush and the Republican party have lied to the American people on the level of violence in Iraq and, in particular, the intensity of attacks against U.S. troops.
"It’s getting to the point now where there are eight, nine-hundred attacks a week. That's more than 100 a day. That is four an hour attacking our forces," says Woodward, of a fact that has clearly been intentionally hidden from Americans by Team Bush.
In addition, Woodward details that, no matter what nonsense Bush, Dick Cheney and
Donald Rumsfeld spew daily about how great things are going in Iraq, it has indeed gone to hell in a hand basket and will get worse, not better, in 2007.
"The truth is that the assessment by intelligence experts is that next year, 2007, is going to get worse and, in public, you have the president and you have the Pentagon [saying], 'Oh, no, things are going to get better,'" Woodward tells Mike Wallace tonight . "Now there’s public, and then there’s private. But what did they do with the private? They stamp it secret. No one is supposed to know."
"The insurgents know what they are doing. They know the level of violence and how effective they are. Who doesn't know? The American public," said Woodward.
Far from being conjecture, Woodward's book is filled with official documents and memos from within the Bush administration that go directly against most public statement made by the GOP about the Iraq war. In fact, Woodward has apparently stumbled across new information that makes him regret past statements and publications in which he appears to go way too easy on Bush.
"I found out new things, as is always the case when you replow old ground," he said recently. "The bulk of them I discovered this year. I wish I'd had some of them for the earlier books, but I didn't."
Woodward also discloses new information about the extent to which Rumsfeld received loud, early warnings from military officials, saying that things were about to start going very badly in the ill-advised Iraq war. Lt. Gen. Jay Garner, upon coming back from an assignment as the first head of the Iraq Postwar Planning Office, told Rumsfeld on June 23, 2003, that the United States had made "three tragic mistakes" in Iraq, including banning members of the Baath Party from government jobs and disbanding the Iraqi military. According to Woodward, Rumsfeld tossed Garner's concerns aside, saying "We're not going to go back."
Please tune in to '60 Minutes' tonight and urge everyone you know to watch as well -- especially those who sport a 'Support the Troops' emblem on their car.
Update: Here's a good clip of a Countdown segment with Keith Olbermann that gives a pretty good take on revelations in the Woodward book: