Maddow to Iraq War architects on TV: ‘Your opinion is no longer required on matters of war and peace’

By David Ferguson
Thursday, September 5, 2013 11:41 EDT
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Wednesday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow asked viewers in a teaser segment which would be worse, hearing from the Bush administration’s Iraq War experts again or “sticking pins in your eyes. Think before you answer.”

In a segment entitled “You Again?”, Maddow referred back to October of 2002, when the George W. Bush administration rolled out its case for the War in Iraq. She recounted the then-president’s purported reasons for launching an invasion of Iraq.”

“‘Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction, he’s going to give them to al Qaeda and al Qaeda will use them to attack us,’” she said. “That became their central argument. It remained their central argument all the way into that decade-long war.”

“None of that was true,” Maddow explained. “None of it. Saddam Hussein didn’t have weapons of mass destruction, al Qaeda hated him and his regime. Saddam in no way posed a clear and present threat to the United States.”

The Bush administration, she said, “broke that argument.” By creating a completely false premise to catapult the U.S. into war in Iraq, said Maddow, the case for trying to get a handle on a rogue regime that has weapons of mass destruction and might hand them to terrorists has been broken into “5,000 pieces.”

“They broke that bone,” she said. “The Bush administration bent it in half and rolled elephants over it, then fed it to Mothra and waited for a terrible result.”

“We cannot use that argument anymore. When you hear it, it makes your skin crawl,” she said.

And yet, that is exactly the argument that President Barack Obama is using with regards to military intervention in Syria. The Bush administration’s Iraq instigators have chosen to mark the occasion by “staging a real time reunion in TV land,” Maddow said.

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld made a contentious appearance on Fox News in which he called Obama the “so-called Commander in Chief” and criticized his war strategy, but strangely, the word Iraq was never mentioned once.

Why bring them back, Maddow asked. You wouldn’t ask ex-FEMA director Michael Brown how the country is doing on hurricane preparedness. You wouldn’t ask Lance Armstrong about doping in sports. You wouldn’t ask Bob Ney or Rod Blagojevich about anything except prison and maybe hair care, she said.

“You would not seek their counsel, their advice, their wisdom on the thing that ended their careers in ignominious humiliation,” she pointed out. “You would not ask their opinion on that.”

“If you were an architect or one of the primary conspirators in the Iraq War, arguable the grandest and most craven foreign policy disaster in American history, your opinion is no longer required on matters of war and peace. Please enjoy painting portraits of dogs or something. Painting portraits of yourself in the bathroom trying to get clean.”

“You can go now,” she concluded.

Watch the video, embedded below via MSNBC:

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David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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