Chris Matthews had George W. Bush's CIA briefer on his show yesterday. A couple of excerpts, via Crooks and Liars:
First, Matthews asking the guy about the facts that the administration's public statements corresponded to the information that he gave them:
"MATTHEWS: Was that true?
MORELL: We were saying—
MATTHEWS: Can you answer that question? Was that true?
MORELL: That's not true.
MATTHEWS: Well, why'd you let them get away with it?
MORELL: Look, my job Chris—"
His job was apparently to just shut up and allow Dick Cheney to lie the country into war.
"MATTHEWS: So you're briefing the president on the reasons for war, they're selling the war, using your stuff, saying you made that case when you didn't. So they're using your credibility to make the case for war dishonestly, as you just admitted.
MORELL: Look, I'm just telling you—
MATTHEWS: You just admitted it
MORELL: I'm just telling you what we said—
MATTHEWS: They gave a false presentation of what you said to them.
MORELL: On some aspects. On some aspects."
On some aspects. They only lied on some aspects. The ones necessary to talk the country into war. But they didn't lie about every single thing on the face of the earth, so they should get a pass on the "some aspects" they did lie about. Which, in fact, is exactly what has happened so far.
This is no doubt a tremendous comfort to us as we watch the consequences of Bush's miserable foreign tantrum continue. ISIS, a movement that Bush and Cheney are virtually totally responsible for creating, killed between 21,000 and 47,000 in Iraq alone, last year. The numbers they killed in Syria are totally unknown, but we can guess they are similar.
Of course, these deaths are still way below the number of civilians Bush and Cheney killed during their aggression, so maybe it's all okay, at least with the sort of right wingers that are gloating at the disaster we have created in the Middle East, and who are positive that the solution to the whole thing is to start another war over there, after which peace will reign on earth and people will discover how terrible a crime they were committing by hating us for our freedom.
I'm sorry to keep harping away on this subject, but if I can be forgiven a personal comment, I don't like being a citizen of a criminal, murderous country.