Noonan defends McClellan (sort of)

Peggy Noonan:

Leave [Scott McClellan] alone. He wrote a book. It is true or untrue, accurately reported or not. If not, this will no doubt be revealed. It is honestly meant and presented, or not. Look to the assertions, argue them, weigh and ponder. …

The book can be seen as a grenade lobbed over the wall. Thus the explosive response. He is a traitor, turncoat, betrayer, sellout. If he’d had any guts he would have spoken up when he was in power. … But those damning him today would have damned him even more if he’d resigned on principle three years ago. [The right]—and the administration—would have beaten him to a pulp, the former from rage, the latter as a lesson: This is what happens when you leave and talk. …

When I finished the book I came out not admiring Mr. McClellan or liking him but, in terms of the larger arguments, believing him. One hopes more people who work or worked within the Bush White House will address the book’s themes and interpretations. What he says may be inconvenient, and it may be painful, but that’s not what matters. What matters is if it’s true. Let the debate on the issues commence.

4 Responses to “Noonan defends McClellan (sort of)”

  1. Bob Dole says:

    What would Bob Dole say?

  2. David K. says:

    A debate on the issues? What witchcraft is this?!?

  3. aeromusek says:

    I’m surprised no one has picked up on this yet, it IS somewhat important news…

  4. Sandy Underpants says:

    Why would it take a book from a Republican houseboy to get us to discuss the travesties of the last 7 years?

    After months of new inspections in 2002/2003, The UN Weapons inspectors gave a report to Bush weeks before the war stating there wasn’t any evidence that Saddam had WMD and there was no urgent reason to press into an attack on Iraq (let alone a full-blown disasterous war) at this time. Why does everyone forget this information today?