Allegations shake White House05/28/08 Robert Lorei
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Charges from former press secretary Scott McClellan that the Bush White House manipulated sources of public opinion to the president's advantage have drawn quick reaction from those who know and once worked with him, according to the Associated Press.
Fran Townsend, former head of the White House-based counterterrorism office, told CNN that the McClellan memoir is "self-serving, disingenuous and unprofessional."
The AP reports that White House press Secretary Dana Perino issued a statement saying McClellan "is disgruntled about his experience at the White House," adding, "we are puzzled."
We're joined by Mel Goodman, a former CIA analyst, a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy and author of the forthcoming book The Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA.
He said today: "The fabrications about Plame were an outgrowth of a larger set of lies to justify the Iraq invasion. The administration of course went after Joe Wilson and his wife Valerie Plame because he was exposing some of those lies.
"But there were many things showing how deep the deceptions went. In
2002 I spoke with Alan Foley, the head of the CIA's Weapons Intelligence Non-Proliferation and Arms Control Center -- we had invited him to give a talk at the National War College. After the talk, I asked him what WMDs he expected to find in Iraq. 'Not much, if anything' he replied.
The attitude at the CIA was that the President wanted to invade Iraq and their job was to produce the justification for it."
Goodman will speak at the Council On Foreign Relations in Tampa Thursday night, Friday night at New College in Sarasota and Saturday at noon at Haslam's in St. Petersburg.