Karl Rove went on the Bill O’Reilly show and they blathered on about how terribly unfair it is that anyone would blame Bush and his administration for the current situation in Iraq. It’s “old news,” Rove says. And besides, why isn’t anyone blaming Hillary Clinton or John Kerry, who supported the war?
O’REILLY: Our pals over at MSNBC are blaming you and Bush for the whole thing. You know that. We shouldn’t have gone there. If we didn’t do it, we wouldn’t have this and on and on.
ROVE: I notice that the MSNBC crowd is not critical of the two Secretaries of State who served President Obama, Secretary Clinton and Secretary Kerry, both of whom voted for the authorization of the use of force against Iraq. I think it might be sort of selective outrage at the Republicans who supported Iraq (crosstalk).
O’REILLY: But that’s because you and President Bush fooled the world by consciously saying there were weapons of mass… look, you have to understand what this is. The far left says that you and Bush and everybody involved with this, did it on purpose, that you knew there weren’t weapons of mass destruction and you said it anyway. That’s their… and they’re never going to get out of that. But I’m just pointing it out… (crosstalk)ROVE: Yeah, that’s an old argument that we waste time on because people on the other side who have looked at this say the intelligence came to the same conclusion, including people like Al Gore, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton…
Okay, I’ll happily blame them too. There is no question that Bush and his underlings lied about the intelligence. That has been proven beyond all doubt. But Clinton, Kerry and most of the other Democrats in Congress were cowards. They knew that the American people almost instinctively support any war when it starts and, especially in the wake of 9/11, didn’t want to be seen as opposing a wildly popular president who was pretending to protect us (alliteration!). So they voted to give Bush the authority to invade, knowing damn well he was going to use it (hell, he’d have gone in without authorization).