Bush "Can't Remember" Disbanding of Iraqi Army and Other Revelations

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This post, written by Scarecrow, originally appeared on FireDogLake

George Bush is an ambitious man. Apparently our President has two major goals he wants to accomplish after he retires from the White House, as revealed to Robert Draper, who's writing a book on the Bush Presidency. That's Robert, staring incredulously at our President who is showing him a copy of his Plan for Victory in Iraq, in a photo by Eric Draper.

First, he wants to prove that he can make more than the $50,000 - $75,000 fee his dad gets for each speaking engagement. A worthy goal for any insecure son. He can tell his enraptured audiences how he started several wars, then mismanaged and lost them all, although he may have to check Hadley's notes to recall how all that happened.

Second, he wants to spend time at his proposed "Freedom Institute," where he'll help teach young conservatives how he spread freedom and democracy around the world, while strengthening America's own democratic principles and institutions. There'll be a special course on how to weed out and bully protestors at your speeches. There will also be a special historical exhibit showing a completely redacted copy of the last warrant ever issued by a FISA court.

I had no idea the New York Times would devote its front page to such absurd satire. Does Bill Keller know?

More on the Bush book from Think Progress:

In Robert Draper's book on the Bush presidency, "Dead Certain," Bush says the goal of his Iraq strategy is to play it out until "October-November." That is when he hopes the Iraq troop increase will finally show enough results to help him achieve the central goal of his remaining time in office: "To get us in a position where the presidential candidates will be comfortable about sustaining a presence," and, he said later, "stay longer."

UPDATE: Some other highlights from the Draper book:
- Karl Rove told Bush he should not tap Cheney for Vice President
- Bush hopes to make a lot of cash delivering speeches after his presidency is over... while running a "fantastic Freedom Institute"
- Bush "can't remember" one of the biggest mistakes in post-war Iraq: disbanding the Iraqi army

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