Friday, December 29, 2006

President Ford's embargoed comments on Iraq

I'm more than a little disappointed by the late President Ford:

Former President Gerald R. Ford questioned the Bush administration's rationale for the U.S. invasion and war in Iraq in interviews he granted on condition they not be released until after his death.

In his embargoed July 2004 interview with The Washington Post, Ford said the Iraq war was not justified, the Post reported Wednesday night.

I'm not disappointed because of the nature of his opinion; I'm disappointed because he chose to embargo these comments until after his death. If he believed that, then he should have come right out and said so at the time so we could ask follow up questions on his thoughts. Instead he released these comments at a time where it is impossible to question him and difficult to even criticize the comments. It was almost cowardly. And any argument that he was too old and tired to respond to the comments doesn't cut it with me.

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