Bush 'not telling truth' in 'Decision Points' memoir, says German ex-chancellor
George W. Bush's 'Decision Points' memoir is attracting global scrutiny. Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder disputes that he initially offered support for the invasion of Iraq.
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"This connection, however, as it became clear during 2002, was false and constructed," Schroeder told Der Spiegel.Skip to next paragraph
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Comparisons to Tony Blair
While Bush's memoir has resurfaced his testy relations with Schroeder, they've also revealed his fonder memories with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who supported the invasion of Iraq. "Decision Points" reveals how the two men initially bonded over the comedy film "Meet the Parents," about the zany interactions between a father and future son-in-law.
The Guardian calls it "horribly perfect ... Blair must have felt every bit the prospective son-in-law on trial in the Bush household, looking to make an advantageous marriage with American power.
The Guardian also notes that Bush’s memoir comes nearly two months after the release of Mr. Blair’s memoir, “A Journey,” which was also published by Random House. The Guardian uniquely compares their cover art:
“The cover of Bush's memoir shows the 43rd president – who has, according to the publisher, spent almost every day writing the book since leaving the Oval Office – in motion, hand in pocket, gazing thoughtfully into the middle distance – possibly as he makes one of those 14 all-important decisions. Blair's jacket takes a close-up approach, with the relaxed air of the former prime minister's open-necked shirt at odds with his fixed almost-grin.”
Still another article in the Guardian quotes British officials denying Bush's claims that waterboarding saved British lives. Meanwhile, Britain's right-leaning Telegraph newspaper calls the memoir "a timely reminder of how rapidly political fortunes can alter." Bush left office with a 25 percent approval rating.
Reaction in Israel and Middle East
Israeli media, meanwhile, were buzzing with Bush’s revelation that in 2007 he refused then-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s request to bomb a suspected nuclear facility in Syria. Instead, Israel launched a preemptive strike, which Bush says he did not “green light. … [Mr. Olmert] had done what he believed was necessary to protect Israel.”
According to The Jerusalem Post, Bush felt the Israeli strike on Syria vindicated the country after its 2006 war against Hezbollah. An analysis in Haaretz concluded that “Bush's book should thus be read as a lesson for the future: The Americans cannot appear to be doing Israel's bidding. Precise intelligence is necessary. And whatever can be done secretly is better than what explodes thunderously.”