WASHINGTON – George Soros is making it his job this year to get George Bush out of office,and Monday he defended spending millions of dollars of his own money on the effort.
“I'm deeply disturbed by the direction America has taken under President Bush,” he said during a discussion about his latest book,“The Bubble of American Supremacy: Correcting the Misuse of American Power.”
He spoke to journalists and members of political and diplomatic interest groups at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Soros,an investor and philanthropist,has drawn criticism recently for donating more than $15 million to anti-Bush groups that remain able to raise so-called “soft money” under campaign finance laws that prohibit the candidates and political parties from doing so.
The money went to America Coming Together,the Center for American Progress and MoveOn.org,all groups with Democratic or liberal ties.
Soros is not supporting a particular Democratic candidate. While he admitted he is “keen” on former Vermont governor Howard Dean,Soros said he also supports retired general Wesley Clark and Sen. John F. Kerry,Mass.
He did not say how much more money he is willing to give,but recently told the Washington Post he would go bankrupt if Bush's ousting could be guaranteed.
Soros was a vocal critic of the Bush administration's foreign policy during the war in Iraq,which he called imperialistic. He said the war on terror was used as a pretext to push the “Bush Doctrine,” which he said accepts pre-emptive military action and is intolerant of global rivals.
Soros said he was glad Saddam Hussein was found but that his capture “doesn't change the fact the invasion of Iraq was a grievous mistake.” He said the only way to make Iraq's new government legitimate is through an election.
Soros heads Soros Fund Management and is the founder of Open Societies Network.