MSNBC host Rachel Maddow blasted some of her media colleagues on Tuesday for falling back on cheerleaders of the 2003 attack on Iraq for analysis of the latest crisis in the country.
“Hey Sunday shows, hey op-ed pages, hey cable news, hey everybody,” Maddow said. “We know you are tempted to keep booking these yahoos on these subjects. But if you keep turning to the people who were famously wrong about Iraq to ask them about to do about Iraq, you at least will be laughed at. And you will be embarrassed that you did this. And you will eventually have to apologize or at least explain yourself for why you thought Bill Kristol should be explaining what to do now. We can see what you’re doing. And it’s funny, but not in a good way.”
Maddow expressed particular frustration that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was still a popular talk show guest regarding various issues, including his views on Guantanamo Bay.
“John McCain isn’t even an authority on John McCain’s own position on Guantanamo,” Maddow said. “The reason John McCain has been ubiquitous in the news media for the past week is because he is also supposedly the Republican Party’s greatest expert on Iraq. And specifically on war in Iraq.”
And on that issue, she said, McCain has been consistently wrong, whether it was on the alleged threat of Saddam Hussein having biological weapons, his estimates of how long the war would last, or his belief that Iraq’s Sunnis and Shias would be willing to co-exist in peace after the U.S. left the area.
“Because John McCain was so wrong about Iraq, it is frustrating to see him everywhere, right?” Maddow said. “On the Sunday shows, on the cable news shows, in the paper with reporters following him around the Capitol now, as if his previous abject and consequentially terrible failures on this exact subject somehow make him worthy of listening to about that exact same subject right now.”
Watch Maddow’s commentary, as aired by MSNBC on Tuesday, below.