Saturday 25 March 2017

How sobering decision led to invasion of Iraq

IT'S a truism that presidents get the memoirs they deserve. In 'Decision Points', George W Bush writes about his two terms in office much as he lived them -- somewhat offhandedly, almost as if writing about someone else.

Bush prides himself on making "crisp and quick" decisions, and the book is organised around 14 important decisions, beginning with the one that made everything else possible -- the decision to quit drinking.

He recites a daily downing of bourbon, beer, B&B's (Benedictine and brandy) and martinis, out on the town or in his house while his family was sleeping, that would render a man twice his size blotto.

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