A new book on former President Gerald Ford
says he agreed with the Iraq war, but not with reason given for the
Ford is said to have believed that it was wrong to base the
invasion on the belief that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.
He reportedly thought it enough that Saddam Hussein was an evil
The book by journalist Thomas DeFrank of the New York Daily News
is based on interviews Ford gave on condition that details be
withheld until after his death. Ford died last December at age 93.
DeFrank reports that Ford said he would not have approved
President Bush's domestic surveillance program. Yet Ford added that
it "may be a necessary evil."
As for Ronald Reagan, Ford thought he was not "a technically
competent president," but had great flair.
He wasn't impressed with Vice President Cheney, saying he
believed his former chief of staff was "not as big an asset as he