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Rachel Maddow: U.S. ‘has no leg to stand on’ lecturing Putin about Ukraine

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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow noted on Monday the “central awkwardness” in U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry chastising Russian President Vladimir Putin for invading Ukraine under, as Kerry put it, a “completely trumped-up pretext.”

“Absolutely true,” Maddow said. “And something on which the United States has absolutely no leg to stand on after we did exactly that same thing, famously, and on a much larger scale.”

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While she agreed with Kerry that Putin’s rationale for his incursion — to allegedly protect Russian-speaking residents in Crimea — was “bullpucky,” Maddow argued that it hasn’t been that long since the U.S. finally got out of Iraq, which it also invaded under false pretenses under then-President George W. Bush.

“We are a country that is really quite desperately weary of war after simultaneously fighting two of the longest protracted land wars and foreign occupations in American history,” she said. “And, we are newly and legitimately wary of what gets us into wars in the first place. We came by that wariness honestly.”

She also revealed that MSNBC will air a report in place of her show Thursday night which she said will explain the Bush administration’s rationale for invading Iraq, findings which she described as potentially upsetting, but important for the public to know.

“As the U.S. government considers our options and makes our case to the world in the middle of another international crisis right now, I feel a real sense of urgency that we’ve got to get this out there now,” she said.

Watch Maddow’s commentary, as aired Monday on MSNBC, below.

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