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Betrayal of Trust

Rudy Giuliani has always been a big fan of George Bush's war in Iraq. 

Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani advocated a broad war against global terrorism - including taking strong action against Iraq. Giuliani specifically emphasized the need for action against Iraq: “I have a very strong view that it's imperative that we remove Saddam Hussein and do away with his regime. You have to take pre-emptive action. As time goes by, Saddam Hussein will become more and more dangerous." [Newsday, 9/21/02]

Giuliani: “Saddam Hussein is and was a target. He [Bush] proceeded when public opinion was in his favor and when public opinion was against him. When the war started in Iraq and the first few days it wasn't won in 36 hours, some in the media had decided we had lost. . . . And up until now, when people are starting to revisit it, George W. Bush has remained constant and focused as a president should." [Boston Globe, 7/26/03]

Former mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani of New York  supports the Iraq war and the "surge" of additional troops to Baghdad. [Boston Globe, 4/7/07]

Rudy Giuliani: Opposes setting a timeline for withdrawal. Supports the president's plan to have a surge of additional troops sent to Iraq. Agrees with Bush that failure in Iraq would be harmful to U.S. interests. [The State, 5/13/07]

Yet when Giuliani had the chance to actually do something  about the war, he went AWOL. 

Giuliani quit the Iraq Study Group after two months. [Newsday, 11/17/06]

Giuliani resigned in May 2006 from the Iraq Study Group – the 10-member bipartisan study group that provided assessments of conditions in Iraq and the surrounding region. [Washington Post, 6/1/06]

The Iraq Study Group held nine official meetings, which it called "plenary sessions," according to its final report. They included three that occurred during Giuliani's tenure in 2006 but that he did not show up for, the sources said - working sessions on April 11 and 12, and May 18 and 19. There was also a kickoff event on March 15 that Giuliani and several other members did not attend, the sources said. [Newsday, 6/19/07]

And gave speeches.  For money. 

Giuliani cited "previous time commitments" in a letter explaining his decision to quit, and a look at his schedule suggests why - the sessions at times conflicted with Giuliani's lucrative speaking tour that garnered him $11.4 million in 14 months. Giuliani failed to show up for a pair of two-day sessions that occurred during his tenure, the sources said - and both times, they conflicted with paid public appearances shown on his recent financial disclosure. Giuliani quit the group during his busiest stretch in 2006, when he gave 20 speeches in a single month that brought in $1.7 million. On one day the panel gathered in Washington - May 18, 2006 - Giuliani delivered a $100,000 speech on leadership at an Atlanta business awards breakfast. Later that day, he attended a $100-a-ticket Atlanta political fundraiser for conservative ally Ralph Reed, whom Giuliani hoped would provide a major boost to his presidential campaign. The month before, Giuliani skipped the session to give the April 12 keynote speech at an economic conference in South Korea for $200,000, his financial disclosure shows. [Newsday, 6/19/07]

Republican voters should ask: Giuliani: where were you when it counted? 

Giuliani's name is mentioned nowhere in the group's final report, which lists more than 160 people who were consulted. [Newsday, 6/19/07]

Giuliani said recently he's never been to Iraq. [Newsday, 6/19/07]

Giuliani said he had not read the Iraq Study Group's report. [AP, 12/6/06]

Rudy Giuliani.  A betrayal of trust.