For years I wondered how this seemingly bright young man could stand before the press and the nation and mutter statements that seemed incredible. This book underscores the culture of deception and outright lying that has been the calling card of the Bush Administration. I was hoping that this book would lay bare the culture of corruption, but instead we find a young man who is still in a severe state of denial. Scott comes across as a likeable fellow, although incredibly naive for someone who grew up within the political environment. While he carefully reveals bits of the truth that most of us had long ago accepted, he cloaks the facts in the shroud of the continuing campaign that has become the cultural norm for Washington. This theme allows him to give a skewed perspective to the earth shaking decisions and deceptions that led our nation into the war in Iraq. Under this continuing campaign culture he seems to equate all misdeeds as just another example of the game in Washington, regardless of the global impact. Scott is clear in his continued support of George Bush as a strong leader, but gives examples of countless poor leadership characteristics of this man throughout the book. I wonder, how given the facts of the past 7 years, he still concludes this man is a great leader. In fact, I wonder if Scott has a full understanding of what leadership really is. He seems to have a good grip on politics and spin, but almost no understanding of leadership as we came to understand it in the military. He still confuses steadfast with stubborn and a lack of intellectual curiosity with laziness. Many people question why he waited so long to tell his story, but it is abundantly clear that he has not yet decompressed from his time under the bubble. Like a brain-washed cult member, he still reveals the traces of the stay on message mindset, and narrow focus of words on issues while missing the larger picture all together.
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