President Ford on the Iraq War

President Ford was from a different time.  A time of modesty.  He would never stand up and denounce a sitting president.  It didn’t matter if the President was Republican or Democrat.  He understand the niceties of politics from an era before Tom “the Hammer” Delay and Newt Gingrich.  So, I find it interesting that he did an interview with Bob Woodward and asked for it to be published after his death.  President Ford was a practical man in my opinion.  He believed in negotiation something the neo-cons don’t believe is necessary.  Therefore, it is no surprise that he didn’t support the invasion. 

From WaPo:

“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,” Ford said. “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.”

In a conversation that veered between the current realities of a war in the Middle East and the old complexities of the war in Vietnam whose bitter end he presided over as president, Ford took issue with the notion of the United States entering a conflict in service of the idea of spreading democracy.

Gerald Ford Dead at age 93

Gerald Ford was the perfect president for the time.  We needed someone to calm the waters.  He was honest in a time of dishonesty.  Ford was never the brightest bulb in the room but he wasn’t the dullest either. 

The one thing that I’ll throw out there is Ford was on the Warren Commission which whitewashed President Kennedy’s death (much like some of our commissions today Robb-Silverman comes to mind).  I think that Ford took some secrets with him to the grave.

From CNN.com:

Former President Gerald Ford, who became president in 1974 after the resignation of Richard Nixon, died Tuesday at age 93.

Ford, the oldest surviving former U.S. president, died peacefully at 6:45 p.m. PT (9:45 p.m. ET) Tuesday at his home in Rancho Mirage, California, according to a statement from his office. The cause of death was not given.

A statement from Ford’s wife, Betty, said: “My family joins me in sharing the difficult news that Gerald Ford, our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather has passed away at 93 years of age. His life was filled with love of God, his family and his country.” more…