Scott McClellan, the former White House press secretary, is to publish a book next week highly critical of The Whitehouse's Iraq venture.
McClellan resigned from the White House on April 19, 2006, after nearly three years as Bush's press secretary.
In "What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception" McClellan says that President Bush failed to be "open and forthright on Iraq" and relied on "propaganda" to sell the war.
McClellan claims that Bush and his aides "confused the propaganda campaign with the high level of candor and honesty so fundamentally needed to build and then sustain public support during a time of war."
McClellan also accuses the media of being "probably too deferential to the White House" when it came to public discourse over the choice to invade Iraq.
"The collapse of the administration's rationales for war, which became apparent months after our invasion, should never have come as such a surprise...
In this case, the 'liberal media' didn't live up to its reputation. If it had, the country would have been better served."