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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The reviews in Lebanese newspaper The Daily Star and Qatar newspaper The Gulf Times also focus on the Israeli strike on Syria. Syrian media, which are tightly controlled by the government, lacked any mention of the attack. The state-run Press TV of Syria ally Iran offered one article that quotes The Jerusalem Post on the attack, and another article lamenting that Bush is unlikely to be tried for war crimes in Iraq.Skip to next paragraph
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Sami Moubayed, the editor-in-chief of Syria’s pro-government Forward Magazine, writes in the Gulf News that “Decision Points” reveals the lack of remorse of “this controversial leader, loathed throughout the Arab and Muslim world.”
“Certainly nobody else managed to singlehandedly damage America's image in all four corners of the globe.… All 'Decision Points' really tells us is that Bush apparently had no moral problem with prisoners being tortured, in either Guantánamo or Abu Ghraib,” Mr. Moubayed writes.
On Kanye West and Dick Cheney
French newspaper Le Monde focuses on Bush’s decision to allow waterboarding, while Australian newspaper The Sydney Morning Herald highlights how Bush considered dropping Vice President Dick Cheney in 2004. Its headline: “Bush toyed with dumping 'Darth Vader' from ticket.”
Still others seemed particularly drawn to Bush's reaction after rapper Kanye West said “George Bush doesn't care about black people.” In his memoir, Bush calls the moment “an all-time low" in his presidency.
“An all-time low?" says an op-ed in Jamaican newspaper The Gleaner. "I would have thought that the lowest point in Bush's presidency was when that Iraqi journalist tossed those size-10 shoes at him in December 2008. The sitting-duck president had to duck really low to avoid those weapons of mass destruction. Yet, the president is all riled up over Kanye's puerility.”
[Editor's Note: This article was updated after publication to include the former German chancellor's comments.]