BelowÂ is an article from the New York Times onÂ a former advisor to President W who has finally realized what was as clear as the nose on his face but he chose to avoid the truth for the sake of his personal income/ego/fame/power hunger/sadistic fetishes.Â So…if I knew all of this stuff prior to the FIRST electionÂ involving Bush then shouldn’t I be in line for a cash award or worldwide praise and glory of some sort?Â Â Why isÂ it that this guy wasÂ ALL WRONG andÂ he was stillÂ paid wellÂ and will probably be hired by think tanks or some oil lobbying companies…meanwhile I am still Just Joe.Â Â TV networks still want to talk to Bill Kristol and his Project for a New American CenturyÂ that starred Kristol asÂ the architect of the Iraq War.Â Â Considering how his predictions on every aspect of the war have been wrong at every level it is amazing that he is sought for anything other than to pick up after the animals at the zoo.Â It was all apparent to me when Bush couldn’t name foreign leaders when quizzed by a reporter…when BushÂ speaks to Americans as if they were children because that’s how he sees Americans…it was apparent when Bush was using Gays Guns and God as true issues of running for the most important seat in the world when those issues were NOT the main issues facing us…it was apparent to me when his Press Secretary at the time Ari Fleischer stated in one of his first Press Conferences (viewable on youtube) that conserving gas was not a part of the W strategy and actually using huge amounts of gasoline was the American lifestyle and on and on and on.Â So many topics have come andÂ gone proving on a daily basis how WRONG they have been at every turn.Â Â These people prove that being correct holds noÂ weight or glory and simply supporting W is all that is important.Â Apparently this former advisor was a strong Bushie for a while and now…well…he no longer drinks the Kool Aid…and when that happens things like the opinions below start to come out.Â Welcome to reality Mr. Dowd.Â You owe America and the world an apology.Â He is saying thatÂ Kerry should have been elected.Â
This world would be a hugely different place in so many ways if Gore and Keery would have been elected.Â 3200 American families would be different…upwards of 100,000 to 600,000 Iraqi families would be different…the rich would be getting richer and the poor would be getting a little bit richer as well…there would be less hatred for the US by the world…9/11 may not have happened because it was Bush the First who put American troops in Saudi Arabia which was the affront to the Taliban which prompted them to carry out 9/11 and it could have been DIPLOMACY that would have avoided the 9/11 tragedy which W still does not believe in…we would have a good step in the direction of alternate fuels that would have us a little less dependent on the terrorists than we are fighting and a new industry would be making jobs here in America trying to solve our oil addiction…weÂ might have an alternative to our Health Care problem which has seen Health Care rates balloon by 10xs over the past decade and is crippling industry and individual insurance payers.Â SaddamÂ may still be in power but his threat was a paper tiger and he was contained in the no fly zone anyway so he was boxedÂ in by the world and he couldn’t do anything anyway…as we now know.Â Those are a few things that may be different if this nightmare called W was never elected…but he really never was elected either time.Â If he was never elected W said he would just retire to Houston and not do much.Â So W never wanted to be elected in the first place…that’s what he said…he looked forward to taking life easy with his wife and daughters if this Presidential run didn’t pan out…asÂ so many of his oil wells didn’t pan out.Â Â That’s what people who lead the world do as an alternative to running the world…retire?Â I don’t think so.Â He never wanted to be President!!!!!Â Hello!!!!Â Â So I was right!Â Send your checks to me and praise me as the God I am!!!
Ex-Aide Details a Loss of Faith in the President
A top strategist for the Texas Democrats who was disappointed by the Bill Clinton years, Mr. Dowd was impressed by the pledge of Mr. Bush, then governor of Texas, to bring a spirit of cooperation to Washington. He switched parties, joined Mr. Bushâ€™s political brain trust and dedicated the next six years to getting him to the Oval Office and keeping him there. In 2004, he was appointed the presidentâ€™s chief campaign strategist.
Looking back, Mr. Dowd now says his faith in Mr. Bush was misplaced.
In a wide-ranging interview here, Mr. Dowd called for a withdrawal from Iraq and expressed his disappointment in Mr. Bushâ€™s leadership.
He criticized the president as failing to call the nation to a shared sense of sacrifice at a time of war, failing to reach across the political divide to build consensus and ignoring the will of the people on Iraq. He said he believed the president had not moved aggressively enough to hold anyone accountable for the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, and that Mr. Bush still approached governing with a â€œmy way or the highwayâ€ mentality reinforced by a shrinking circle of trusted aides.
â€œI really like him, which is probably why Iâ€™m so disappointed in things,â€ he said. He added, â€œI think heâ€™s become more, in my view, secluded and bubbled in.â€
In speaking out, Mr. Dowd became the first member of Mr. Bushâ€™s inner circle to break so publicly with him.
He said his decision to step forward had not come easily. But, he said, his disappointment in Mr. Bushâ€™s presidency is so great that he feels a sense of duty to go public given his role in helping Mr. Bush gain and keep power.
Mr. Dowd, a crucial part of a team that cast Senator John Kerry as a flip-flopper who could not be trusted with national security during wartime, said he had even written but never submitted an op-ed article titled â€œKerry Was Right,â€ arguing that Mr. Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat and 2004 presidential candidate, was correct in calling last year for a withdrawal from Iraq.
â€œIâ€™m a big believer that in part what weâ€™re called to do â€” to me, by God; other people call it karma â€” is to restore balance when things didnâ€™t turn out the way they should have,â€ Mr. Dowd said. â€œJust being quiet is not an option when I was so publicly advocating an election.â€
Mr. Dowdâ€™s journey from true believer to critic in some ways tracks the public arc of Mr. Bushâ€™s political fortunes. But it is also an intensely personal story of a political operative who at times, by his account, suppressed his doubts about his professional role but then confronted them as he dealt with loss and sorrow in his own life.
In the last several years, as he has gradually broken his ties with the Bush camp, one of Mr. Dowdâ€™s premature twin daughters died, he was divorced, and he watched his oldest son prepare for deployment to Iraq as an Army intelligence specialist fluent in Arabic. Mr. Dowd said he had become so disillusioned with the war that he had considered joining street demonstrations against it, but that his continued personal affection for the president had kept him from joining protests whose anti-Bush fervor is so central.
Mr. Dowd, 45, said he hoped in part that by coming forward he would be able to get a message through to a presidential inner sanctum that he views as increasingly isolated. But, he said, he holds out no great hope. He acknowledges that he has not had a conversation with the president.
Dan Bartlett, the White House counselor, said Mr. Dowdâ€™s criticism is reflective of the national debate over the war.
â€œItâ€™s an issue that divides people,â€ Mr. Bartlett said. â€œEven people that supported the president arenâ€™t immune from having their own feelings and emotions.â€
He said he disagreed with Mr. Dowdâ€™s description of the president as isolated and with his position on withdrawal. He said Mr. Dowd, a friend, has â€œsometimes expressed these sentimentsâ€ in private conversation, though â€œnot in such detail.â€
During the interview with Mr. Dowd on a slightly overcast afternoon in downtown Austin, he was a far quieter man than the cigar-chomping general that he was during Mr. Bushâ€™s 2004 campaign.
Soft-spoken and somewhat melancholy, he wore jeans, a T-shirt and sandals in an office devoid of Bush memorabilia save for a campaign coffee mug and a photograph of the first couple with his oldest son, Daniel. The photograph was taken one week before the 2004 election, and one day before Daniel was to go to boot camp.
Over Mexican food at a restaurant that was only feet from the 2000 campaign headquarters, and later at his office just up the street, Mr. Dowd recounted his political and personal journey. â€œItâ€™s amazing,â€ he said. â€œIn five years, Iâ€™ve only traveled 300 feet, but it feels like Iâ€™ve gone around the world, where my head is.â€
Mr. Dowd said he decided to become a Republican in 1999 and joined Mr. Bush after watching him work closely with Bob Bullock, the Democratic lieutenant governor of Texas, who was a political client of Mr. Dowd and a mentor to Mr. Bush.
â€œItâ€™s almost like you fall in love,â€ he said. â€œI was frustrated about Washington, the inability for people to get stuff done and bridge divides. And this guyâ€™s personality â€” he cared about education and taking a different stand on immigration.â€
Mr. Dowd established himself as an expert at interpreting polls, giving Karl Rove, the presidentâ€™s closest political adviser, and the rest of the Bush team guidance as they set out to woo voters, slash opponents and exploit divisions between Democratic-leaning states and Republican-leaning ones.
In television interviews in 2004, Mr. Dowd said that Mr. Kerryâ€™s campaign was proposing â€œa weak defense,â€ and that the voters â€œtrust this president more than they trust Senator Kerry on Iraq.â€
But he was starting to have his own doubts by then, he said.
He said he thought Mr. Bush handled the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks well but â€œmissed a real opportunity to call the country to a shared sense of sacrifice.â€
He was dumbfounded when Mr. Bush did not fire Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld after revelations that American soldiers had tortured prisoners at Abu Ghraib.
Several associates said Mr. Dowd chafed under Mr. Roveâ€™s leadership. Mr. Dowd said he had not spoken to Mr. Rove in months but would not discuss their relationship in detail.
Mr. Dowd said, in retrospect, he was in denial.
â€œWhen you fall in love like that,â€ he said, â€œand then you notice some things that donâ€™t exactly go the way you thought, what do you do? Like in a relationship, you say â€˜No no, no, itâ€™ll be different.â€™ â€
He said he clung to the hope that Mr. Bush would get back to his Texas style of governing if he won. But he saw no change after the 2004 victory.
He describes as further cause for doubt two events in the summer of 2005: the administrationâ€™s handling of Hurricane Katrina and the presidentâ€™s refusal, around the same time that he was entertaining the bicyclist Lance Armstrong at his Crawford ranch, to meet with the war protester Cindy Sheehan, whose son died in Iraq.
â€œI had finally come to the conclusion that maybe all these things along do add up,â€ he said. â€œThat itâ€™s not the same, itâ€™s not the person I thought.â€
He said that during his work on the 2006 re-election campaign of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger of California, which had a bipartisan appeal, he began to rethink his approach to elections.
â€œI think we should design campaigns that appeal not to 51 percent of the people,â€ he said, â€œbut bring the country together as a whole.â€
He said that he still believed campaigns must do what it takes to win, but that he was never comfortable with the most hard-charging tactics. He is now calling for â€œgentlenessâ€ in politics. He said that while he tried to keep his own conduct respectful during political combat, he wanted to â€œdo my part in fixing fissures that I may have been part of.â€
His views against the war began to harden last spring when, in a personal exercise, he wrote a draft opinion article and found himself agreeing with Mr. Kerryâ€™s call for withdrawal from Iraq. He acknowledged that the expected deployment of his son Daniel was an important factor.
He said the presidentâ€™s announcement last fall that he was re-nominating the former United Nations ambassador John R. Bolton, whose confirmation Democrats had already refused, was further proof to him that Mr. Bush was not seeking consensus with Democrats.
He said he came to believe Mr. Bushâ€™s views were hardening, with the reinforcement of his inner circle. But, he said, the person â€œwho is ultimately responsible is the president.â€ And he gradually ventured out with criticism, going so far as declaring last month in a short essay in Texas Monthly magazine that Mr. Bush was losing â€œhis gut-level bond with the American people,â€ and breaking more fully in this weekâ€™s interview.
â€œIf the American public says theyâ€™re done with something, our leaders have to understand what they want,â€ Mr. Dowd said. â€œTheyâ€™re saying, â€˜Get out of Iraq.â€™ â€
Mr. Dowdâ€™s friends from Mr. Bushâ€™s orbit said they understood his need to speak out. â€œEveryone is going to reflect on the good and the bad, and everything in between, in their own way,â€ said Nicolle Wallace, communications director of Mr. Bushâ€™s 2004 campaign, a post she also held at the White House until last summer. â€œAnd I certainly respect the way heâ€™s doing it â€” these are his true thoughts from a deeply personal place.â€ Ms. Wallace said she continued to have â€œenormous gratitudeâ€ for her years with Mr. Bush.
Mr. Bartlett, the White House counselor, said he understood, too, though he said he strongly disagreed with Mr. Dowdâ€™s assessment. â€œDo we know our critics will try to use this to their advantage? Yes,â€ he said. â€œIs that perfect? No. But you can respectfully disagree with someone who has been supportive of you.â€
Mr. Dowd does not seem prepared to put his views to work in 2008. The only candidate who appeals to him, he said, is Senator Barack Obama, Democrat of Illinois, because of what Mr. Dowd called his message of unity. But, he said, â€œI wouldnâ€™t be surprised if I wasnâ€™t walking around in Africa or South America doing something that was like mission work.â€
He added, â€œI do feel a calling of trying to re-establish a level of gentleness in the world.â€