According to Woodward, insurgent attacks against coalition troops occur, on average, every 15 minutes, a shocking fact the administration has kept secret. "It’s getting to the point now where there are eight-, nine-hundred attacks a week. That's more than 100 a day. That is four an hour attacking our forces," says Woodward.And it looks like the man who gives Realism a bad name is popping up his head again:
The situation is getting much worse, says Woodward, despite what the White House and the Pentagon are saying in public. "The truth is that the assessment by intelligence experts is that next year, 2007, is going to get worse and, in public, you have the president and you have the Pentagon [saying], 'Oh, no, things are going to get better,'" he tells Wallace. "Now there’s public, and then there’s private. But what did they do with the private? They stamp it secret. No one is supposed to know," says Woodward.
Woodward also reports that the president and vice president often meet with Henry Kissinger, who was President Richard Nixon’s secretary of state, as an adviser. Says Woodward, "Now what’s Kissinger’s advice? In Iraq, he declared very simply, ‘Victory is the only meaningful exit strategy.'" Woodward adds. "This is so fascinating. Kissinger’s fighting the Vietnam War again because, in his view, the problem in Vietnam was we lost our will."I hope they correct that before his book goes to print, because Woodward's wrong: Kissinger isn't fighting the Vietnam War again, he's losing the Vietnam war again. And he's backing an increasingly authoritarian, paranoid President with a history of drug abuse and a fetish for shredding the Constitution. Just like old times for ol' Hank, I'm sure.
At least we now know that Kissinger, like so many psychopaths, subscribes to the Green Lantern theory of international politics. Oh, and once again, in case you began to doubt it for even a minute, Bush is insane:
President Bush is absolutely certain that he has the U.S. and Iraq on the right course, says Woodward. So certain is the president on this matter, Woodward says, that when Mr. Bush had key Republicans to the White House to discuss Iraq, he told them, "I will not withdraw, even if Laura and Barney are the only ones supporting me."It's interesting to me that Woodward's finally come around. After writing two books that were so generous and loving to the Bush Administration that they should have been confined to the gay marriages Bush won't allow, Woodward has finally seen the light. Just a hunch: seeing himself on the same side as Henry Kissinger was just a bit too much for Woody. Bob wouldn't be the first guy to wake up one morning, realize who he'd spent the night with, and run screaming for the door.
Now, cue all the right-wingers who ignore the past five years of his writing and defense of the White House to declare Woodward an enemy combatant.