Paul O'Neill: "From the very first instance, it was about Iraq"
In a new book by Ron Suskind called "The Price of Loyalty," former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill reveals that President Bush began talking about attacking Iraq at least eight months before 9/11. "From the very beginning," O'Neill says, "there was a conviction that Saddam Hussein was a bad person and that he needed to go."
O'Neill says that says going after Saddam was topic "A" just 10 days after Bush's inauguration, in January of 2001. "From the very first instance, it was about Iraq. It was about what we can do to change this regime. Day one, these things were laid and sealed."
As treasury secretary, O'Neill was a member of the National Security Council. He says in the book that he was surprised no one on the Council asked questions such as "Why Saddam?" and "Why now?"
"It was all about finding a way to do it," O'Neill says. "That was the tone of it. The president saying 'Go find me a way to do this.'"
We need to elect some people to Congress this November who aren't afraid to say, "Let's find a way to impeach George W. Bush."
(Thanks to EWD for the scoop.)