Sunday, October 31, 2004



Mickey Herskowitz is a well respected Houston Chronicle journalist, and the author of numerous biographies of the famous. He is also a Bush family friend, and in 2002 was commissioned by George H. Bush to write a biography of his father, the late senator from Connecticut, Prescott Bush (DUTY, HONOR COUNTRY: THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF PRESCOTT BUSH, published by Routledge, 2003)

In 1999, Herskowitz was hired to ghost write an autobiography of George W. Bush, timed to coincide with the 2000 election. According to Herscowitz:
“He was thinking about invading Iraq in 1999. It was on his mind. He said to me: ‘One of the keys to being seen as a great leader is to be seen as a commander-in-chief.’ And he said, ‘My father had all this political capital built up when he drove the Iraqis out of Kuwait and he wasted it.’ He said, ‘If I have a chance to invade….if I had that much capital, I’m not going to waste it. I’m going to get everything passed that I want to get passed and I’m going to have a successful presidency.”

Herscowitz also claims that GW's father was against the invasion, and that the senior Bush's security advisor, Brent Scowcroft, advised the junior Bush in the strongest of terms against the invasion. To see the full text of Russ Bakers fine article go to:

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