Media Matters Catalogues Gibson-Bush Interview Spin, Omits PNAC!

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Media Matters Catalogues Gibson-Bush Interview Spin, Omits PNAC!

Bush gave an interview to ABC's Charlie Gibson, in which Bush referred to the "intelligence failure" about WMD as his "biggest regret"., supposedly a right-wing spin watchdog, ignores PNAC and pre-Bush Administration Iraq War plans, but notes the corporate media's failure to point out that there are many instances in the public record that make it clear that the Bush Administration was planning to go to war with Iraq after 9/11. The ones Media Matters notes include as the "Downing Street Memo”, Richard Clarke's statement in his book that Bush asked him the day after 9/11 to find a link to Hussein, his report to Condi Rice a week later that there was none, the Senate Intelligence WMD Inquiry, and other media reports.

However, for some reason, (perhaps connected to Media Matters' funding sources?), this "progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media" omits ANY mention of the fact that Bush had talked of war with Iraq and Saddam Hussein during his first presidential campaign, or anything about the Project for the New American Century (PNAC). As Media Matters should be well aware, many members of Bush's cabinet, including Cheney, Wolfowitz, Feith, Rumsfeld and others were also members of PNAC.

This PNAC “think tank” had written to Clinton advising him to remove Saddam Hussein and also wrote to Bush on Sept 20, 2001 that he should remove Hussein. PNAC published on its website a documented titled "Rebuilding America's Defenses, in which they said things like "while the unresolved conflict in Iraq provides the immediate justification [for U.S. military presence], the need for a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein", advocated massive increases in military spending, and a policy of "full spectrum dominance" including space and preventing the emergence of military rivals in the world. PNAC candidly admitted this kind of policy would not be popular with the American people, absent some "catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor"

Media Coverage of PNAC-9/11-Iraq connections

Is this the “Roadmap” that Bush and Blair keep talking about? April 9, 2003

Inquiry into the Decision to Invade Iraq Timeline -

The Complete 9/11 Timeline –

Profile: Project for the New American Century (PNAC) Timeline – - Media tout Bush's purported candor in ABC interview, ignoring substantial evidence to the contrary

“Summary: Several media outlets touted President Bush's purported candor during an ABC interview with Charles Gibson in which Bush said the "biggest regret" of his presidency was the "intelligence failure" regarding the absence of WMD in Iraq and declined to "speculate" whether the administration would have invaded Iraq if the intelligence had shown no WMD. But none of these reports noted the substantial evidence that Bush had already decided to invade Iraq regardless of the available intelligence, or mentioned the substantial uncertainty about the evidence the administration cited in support of the war.”