From the Washington Post: On July 28, 2004, former president Gerald R. Ford sat down for an interview with The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward. The interview was conducted at Ford’s Beaver Creek, Colo., house; the former president agreed that his comments could be published any time after his death. Follows is a smattering of former President Ford’s observations:
“Rumsfeld and Cheney and the president made a big mistake in justifying going into the war in Iraq. They put the emphasis on weapons of mass destruction,”
“And now, I’ve never publicly said I thought they made a mistake, but I felt very strongly it was an error in how they should justify what they were going to do.”
“I don’t think, if I had been president, on the basis of the facts as I saw them publicly, I don’t think I would have ordered the Iraq war. I would have maximized our effort through sanctions, through restrictions, whatever, to find another answer.”
Ford, speaking on the condition that his remarks would not be published while he was still alive, expressed a realpolitik perspective on foreign policy and appeared to question Bush’s priorities in that 2004 interview (see also: “Ford Disagreed With Bush About Invading Iraq”).
Ah, what? All said two years ago… Did the cat have your tongue Mr. President? Oh, that’s right, you were lending cover to your fellow Republicans. Geez, great way to “Support the Troops!”