The Price of Loyalty

Saw an interesting interview with Ron Suskind, reporter and author of the new book The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill. Paul O’Neill was Former Treasury Secretary for the Bush White House, as well as for Nixon, Ford, Reagan, etc.
O’Neill, fired by the White House for his disagreement on tax cuts, helps Suskind builds an insider’s picture of the White House drawn on interviews with O’Neill, dozens of other Bush administration insiders and 19,000 documents provided by O’Neill.
Biggest bombshell revealed in the book: O’Neill, White House insider, says Bush was planning to go to war against Iraq immediately upon becoming president, eight months before 9/11.
Key quotes: President Bush was so disengaged in cabinet meetings that he �was like a blind man in a roomful of deaf people.� It was similar in one-on-one meetings, says O’Neill. Of his first such meeting with the president, O’Neill says, “I went in with a long list of things to talk about and, I thought, to engage [him] on…I was surprised it turned out me talking and the president just listening…It was mostly a monologue.”

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