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Former Press Secretary of the White House Scott McClellan (2003-2006)
Former Press Secretary of the White House Scott McClellan (2003-2006) has written a book under the title: "What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception."

It was published on June 1, and its challenging title has strongly revived interest in George W. Bush, whose lack of involvement in everything during the year of presidential elections has almost reached the limit. Even the title shows that the 40 year-old McClellan is going to bite his former boss. As for the White House reaction, it has perceived the memoirs as an outright betrayal or an aberration in the author's mentality.

The current White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said: "This is not the Scott we knew." The Good Soldier Svejk could have said his eternal phrase - "It was not just a common insult to the Lord Emperor, the kind that is made when someone is drunk," if he did not say it much earlier.

As it often happens, the White House was infuriated that McClellan said this - what he said was not that important. Before, McClellan was considered very loyal to Bush; he started working in his Texas governor's team, and never subjected the administration even to light criticism. If he deviated from the line, he always deviated with the line. Indeed, the main points of McClellan's criticism are not likely to evoke irritation if only because the world media has been involved in it since 2003 and up to this day.

There is nothing new in his revelations that the grounds for invading Iraq were "shading the truth" and "manipulation of shades of truth," that "some things were unclear and possibly false." All this applies to "the active development" of weapons of mass destruction by Saddam Hussein and about his links with al-Qaeda.

In principle, American former press secretaries regularly take to writing but far from all of them behave like paparazzi. The previous example of unpleasant revelations was Ronald Reagan's Press Secretary Larry Speaks, who recalled how he made up Reagan's answers to many questions. McClellan's predecessor Ari Fleischer also wrote a book "Taking Heat," but for it he should be awarded a medal for his service to the administration after leaving it.

Until this time, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton was the only one to criticize President Bush for lack of conservatism as regards Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Russia, and all others who need to be pressured.

Bush meticulously selects his staff by personal loyalty, and in this sense McClellan's attack is a rarity. In America, it would be described as "kiss and tell." In general, big time politics is suffering from moral and ethical deficiency, and the Washington case is the worst of all. In this context, McClellan's memoirs are symptomatic. If he had not written them, it would have seemed that policy was finally undergoing a change.

By and large, McClellan and his book are rather a result of "a bad personnel policy" than some outstanding phenomenon. His literary "genes" are not quite healthy, and those who hired him should have paid more attention to his family's "literary genetics."

In 2003, his father Barr McClellan, a very famous Texan layer and former member of the Lyndon B. Johnson Administration, wrote a book "Blood, Money & Power: How L.B.J. Killed J.F.K." He maintained that John F. Kennedy was killed by Lyndon B. Johnson, and that the main role in engineering this crime was played by the latter's close friend, a former U.S. Ambassador to Australia, also a very famous lawyer, and McClellan Jr.'s teacher Ed Clark. His writing was taken as another fun book, and this was a mistake.

Former colleagues are asking Scott McClellan a most natural and simple question: If everything was so bad and wrong, why didn't he retire out of indignation? Variations on his answer are very similar, with just a few minor deviations: "I believed in Bush's leadership and agenda for America, and had confidence in his authenticity, integrity and judgment, but today the high hopes that accompanied the early days of his presidency have fallen back to earth."

All those who apply for a job in the White House have long been advised to get rid of illusions, but they don't listen.

Republican presidential candidate John McCain was the hardest hit by McClellan's publication. In a bid to distance himself from Bush's radioactive popularity, he has even half-rejected U.S. policy in Iraq and Iran by saying that everything was done correctly but he would have done many things differently. McClellan's book will compel him to again "decontaminate" his foreign policy platform.

The opinions expressed in this article are the author's and do not necessarily represent those of RIA Novosti.


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