If you had to hear it from Scott McClellan, you simply haven't been paying attention. Regarding Iraq, we were lied to by Bush and his henchmen, we were grossly shortchanged by the Democrats, the media had its head in the sand, the military leadership failed us, and American democracy was handed over to corporate factions who have made a profiting bonanza out of Iraq and this administration. But the passive, quiet Democrats were shameful beyond belief.
When you have to be most cautious and questioning of the government is when there is a patriotic furor. Nazi Germany is the best example in recent history. The terrorists did everything but phone-in their plans. And people around the U.S. questioned the pilot training of some of the terror planners. But the Bush insiders covered their mistakes and oversights by whipping up a war frenzy, and they picked a horrible nation to invade under the circumstances. Iraq was not a nation, it was a boundary of at least three very different factions and cultures, cobbled together by the British early in the 20th century. We went into Iraq like a bull in a China shop. The Bush-Cheney team was intellectually inept, and were too busy handing out favors to grandfather Bush and papa Bush's old pals, the Saudi family; and Cheney gave many billions of dollars in no-bid contracts to his old company that had lavished him as CEO, Halliburton.
If any of this surprises you, then you are Exhibit A as to why the U.S. is a fading international leader. Bush and Cheney did a vaudeville-like act of Dumb and Dumber. Where does that put this country in supporting such selfish dolts? Yet, unbelievably, something like 25-30% of the American people still believe in George W. Bush and his "handlers."
Channeling Claude Raines in "Casablanca," who offered this opinion upon helping the Germans at his hang-out, Rick's, "I am shocked, shocked to find out that gambling is going on here!" Scott McClellan's book won't dent the denial helmet of Americans.