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Decision Points, George W. Bush, 2010:
I asked each man two questions. Do you have everything you need to win? And are you comfortable with the strategy? Each commander answered affirmatively. Tommy spoke last. “Mr. President,” the commanding general said, “this force is ready.” I turned to Don Rumsfeld. “Mr. Secretary,” I said, “for the peace of the world and the benefit and freedom of the Iraqi people, I hereby give the order to execute Operation Iraqi Freedom. May God bless the troops.” Tommy snapped a salute. “Mr. President,” he said, “May God bless America.”
American Soldier, Tommy Franks, 2004:
“Mr. President, this force is ready. D-Day H-Hour is 2100 hours tonight Iraqi time, 1800 Greenwich mean, 1300 East Coast time.” President Bush nodded toward the National Security Council, then turned toward me. “All right. For the sake of peace in the world and security for our country and the rest of the free world …” He paused as we listened intently, “And for the freedom of the Iraqi people, as of this moment I will give Secretary Rumsfeld the order necessary to execute Operation Iraqi Freedom.” “Tommy,” the president added, his voice firm, “May God bless our troops.” … “Mr. President,” I answered. “May God bless America.” I saluted, and the Commander-in-Chief returned the salute.
Not convinced? HuffPo has more than a dozen other Shrub heists for your CompLit enjoyment, featuring the NYRB, BBC, Bob Woodward, Time, WaPo, and Ari Fleischer.
Sadly, none from the Onion. That would have been awesome.
George Bush Book ‘Decision Points’ Lifted Passages From Advisers’ Books [Huffpo, via Dodgerblue]
Update: Keith Olbermann demurs.