Woodward at UMaine 

Bob Woodward says President Bush and top

officials mishandled the lead-up to war in Iraq and continue to be

in denial about the situation.

The Washington journalist told an audience at the University of

Maine Friday night that the president feels a strong idealistic

&quot:duty&quot: to spread democracy and to end tyranny. But he says

idealism and zeal clouded the administration to the stark realities

in Iraq.

Woodward rose to fame in the early 1970s as half of the

two-person reporting team at The Washington Post that uncovered the

Watergate scandal.

The lecture and Woodward’s visit was sponsored by the William S.

Cohen Center for International Policy and Commerce at UMaine.