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President Gerald Ford Disagreed With Invasion of Iraq

@ 11:12 PM (100 months, 15 days ago)

In a July 2004 interview with Bob Woodward, President Gerald Ford stated his opposition to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.  But he stipulated that the interview be embargoed and not aired, until after his death.

Ford said "I don't think I would have gone to war." He said he "very strongly" disagreed with the Administration's stated justifications for going to war, and commented that "Rumsfeld and Cheney and the president made a big mistake in justifying going into the war in Iraq. They put the emphasis on weapons of mass destruction. And now, I've never publicly said I thought they made a mistake, but I felt very strongly it was an error in how they should justify what they were going to do."

Now, the question foremost on my mind is, why did he not want to make his views about the Iraq war known while he was alive? He didn't hesitate to let his feelings on the Clinton/Lewinsky debacle be known (he wrote an op/ed in October 1998 calling for the Congress to "rebuke" Clinton).  Yet, he didn't want his feelings on the Iraq war to be known until after he died?  Interesting...

Ford Disagreed With Bush About Invading Iraq


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