JunkYardBlog has had…
JunkYardBlog has had it up to here with folks who continue repeating the canard that Bush lied to get us into the war, and has called Eric Alterman on it.

You keep referring to the “lies” the Bush administration told to get us into the Iraq war, yet you consistently fail to offer any historical perspective. If Bush lied about WMDs, then so did every single member of the Clinton administration that had any foreign policy responsibility. In 1998, 1999 and 2000, Clinton, Gore, Berger, Albright, Cohen–all of them–cited Saddam’s pursuit and possession of WMDs as pretext to bombing Iraq. Sens. Kerry, Kennedy, Biden, and many other prominent Democrats also went on the record as favoring a tough line against Saddam because of his pursuit and possession of WMDs and his connections to terrorists. They all favored making regime change in Iraq national policy. As late as 2002, Gore delivered a speech before the Council on Foreign Relations in which he cited Saddam’s regime as a special case for both its pursuit and possession of WMDs and its connection to terrorists as reasons to oust him. In fact, at that time Mr. Gore was one of the leading voices in favor of war with Iraq.

As a member of the press I have to assume you know all of this, and are either lying when you accuse Bush of lying or are simply shading the truth to suit your prejudices. Or perhaps you just don’t know what you’re talking about. Either way, you’re not an honest broker of the facts.

It’ll be interesting to see if Alterman notices. Hold not thy breath.

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