In this mostly overlooked article from Guerilla News Network, Houston journalist Mickey Herskowitz confirms that as early as 1999 George W. Bush wanted to get into a war with Iraq if he became President.
Here's an excerpt:
“He was thinking about invading Iraq in 1999,” said author and journalist Mickey Herskowitz. “It was on his mind. He said to me: ‘One of the keys to being seen as a great leader is to be seen as a commander-in-chief.’ And he said, ‘My father had all this political capital built up when he drove the Iraqis out of Kuwait and he wasted it.’ He said, ‘If I have a chance to invade….if I had that much capital, I’m not going to waste it. I’m going to get everything passed that I want to get passed and I’m going to have a successful presidency.”
In 1999, Herskowitz was ghost writing an autobiography of George W. and he had about 20 private, taped conversations with the then-Governor.
The article offers a few more eye-openers, including this one:
Bush revealed that after he left his Texas National Guard unit in 1972 under murky circumstances, he never piloted a plane again. That casts doubt on the carefully-choreographed moment of Bush emerging in pilot’s garb from a jet on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in 2003 to celebrate “Mission Accomplished” in Iraq. The image, instantly telegraphed around the globe, and subsequent hazy White House statements about his capacity in the cockpit, created the impression that a heroic Bush had played a role in landing the craft.
Herskowitz's statements seem very credible. Former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill has written that Bush wanted to justify an Iraq attack before 9/11. Mother Jones magazine published a great piece last year about the 30-year effort by many right-wingers, including Cheney and Rumsfeld, to seize middle Eastern oil assets in Iraq and Saudi Arabia.
It doesn't seem that Herskowitz has much to gain by making this up, nor does he have an axe to grind with the Bushes. He's still making a living as a reporter in Houston and is apparently still on good terms with the Bush family.
Hmm, I wonder why no one else in the major media has picked up on this story?