Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Nofziger on GWB

Lynn Nofziger, who served Ronald Reagan in the White House for a couple of years, gave an interview to the Washington Times, and had some interesting remarks:

In 2000, Mr. Nofziger helped magazine publisher Steve Forbes' campaign for the Republican presidential nomination campaign instead of aligning with the current President Bush.

"Steve was more conservative and I liked his approach to government better," Mr. Nofziger says. "I always assumed George W. would be a moderate Republican because his old man was a moderate Republican, and I'm not a moderate Republican."

Did the younger Mr. Bush turn out to be something else? "Oh, he's more conservative than his father, " Mr. Nofziger says.

He defends Mr. Bush's decision to go to war in Iraq, saying faulty intelligence -- and not the president -- was to blame for misconstruing the threat posed by Saddam Hussein's weapons programs.

But Mr. Nofziger parts company with Vice President Dick Cheney's stated desire to get Saddam out of power in order to spread democracy in the Middle East.

"I'm not a great believer in spreading democracy, because I don't think you can spread democracy," Mr. Nofziger says. "People have to want it themselves."

"More conservative than his father."--a less-than-complimentary compliment. And "...I don't think you can 'spread democracy,'" Kinda PJB-esque, eh?

No comments: