Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder Says Bush Lied About Iraq War
Former President George W. Bush claims in his book that former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder reneged on a promise to back the U.S. invasion of Iraq. (h/t Mediaite) Schroeder said he’d stand with Bush, but there were conditions:
In a statement, he confirmed that he had told Mr Bush he would “stand reliably on the side of the US” if it was confirmed that Iraq was sheltering those responsible for the September 11 terrorist attacks.
“But this link, as it became clear during 2002, was false and contrived. This goes for reasons [for the invasion] given by Bush and [then vice-president Dick] Cheney too.
“As we know today, the Bush administration’s reasons for the Iraq war were based on lies.”
Some of Schroeder’s aides had even more scathing comments.
The reaction of former Schroeder aides was scathing. “We noticed that the intellectual reach of the president of the most important nation at the time was exceptionally low,” said Uwe-Karsten Heye, Mr Schroeder’s spokesman at the time told German news channel N24.
“For this reason it was difficult to communicate with him. He had no idea what was happening in the world. He was so fixated on being a Texan. I think he knew every longhorn in TexasClick here for reuse options!
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