The Corner

‘Harry Got My Goat’

In Decision Points, his new memoir, former president George W. Bush avoids being critical of numerous political foes. “The tone of the book is meant to reflect how I think; I’m not a hateful guy,” he says.

Still, in an interview earlier today, Bush acknowledged that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid irked him during his presidency. “Harry got my goat for this reason: We’re sending troops into harm’s way and a leader says, ‘You men and women are marching into a lost cause.’ Yeah, I called him out on that; it is irresponsible behavior.”

“That’s not what leaders do,” Bush says. “He can disagree with the policy, but what you don’t do is condemn some mother’s child into fear of a war that’s lost.”

Robert Costa — Robert Costa is National Review's Washington editor and a CNBC political analyst. He manages NR's Capitol Hill bureau and covers the White House, Congress, and national campaigns. ...

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