Rush Limbaugh is turning back the clock to 2003 to push the ridiculous deep state conspiracy theory. He told his audience that the deep state conned George W. Bush into thinking that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction so they could destroy his presidency just like they’re trying to destroy Trump’s. He leaves out one crucial fact.
RUSH LIMBAUGH (HOST): Let’s go back to the Iraq war, 2003. George W. Bush spends a year and a half traveling the country, preparing everybody, lobbying the American people to support it. [He] goes to the United Nations, has satellite photos, all kinds of stuff. Colin Powell was up there showing the photos supposedly of weapons of mass destruction installations in Iraq of Saddam Hussein, and the Europeans — our allies in the intelligence community — all support this.
Now Bush, as a Republican, [was] probably not popular with the deep state particularly after how he was elected. You know, there was outrage with the Florida recount in 2000. A lot of Democrats, a lot of deep staters think that Gore should have been president. He won the popular vote. They think the Supreme Court unfairly put Bush in there. I think there was as much resentment in the deep state, we just didn’t call it that then, for George W. Bush as there is today for Donald Trump — and if not the same, it’s close.
I think, “How could so many different intelligence agencies get something so wrong as weapons of mass destruction in Iraq?” And remember, they gave Bush mounds of satellite photo evidence, documentation evidence. Colin Powell was dispatched to the United Nations to present this evidence — and it was all bogus, because we went in there. It was the pretext for invading Iraq after 9/11. We get in there, and there are no weapons of mass destruction.
It was one of the most embarrassing things. The Bush administration had to scramble; everybody had to scramble. What I have seen this bunch of people in the intelligence community be capable of; what they’ve tried with Trump here, this whole Russia meddling, Trump colluding? This whole thing is a gigantic lie, a totally bogus hoax, a silent coup. That’s when I began to think the weapons of mass destruction thing was a setup against Bush too.
Here’s what he leaves out. Who was it who was most insistently and relentlessly pushing the idea that Iraq had WMDs? Vice president Dick Cheney. It wasn’t the CIA pushing this idea, their assessments were measured and moderate. That angered Cheney, who was desperate to justify the invasion of Iraq, and he famously went to the CIA to pressure them to change their assessments. So is Limbaugh claiming that Cheney is part of the deep state? That’s the inevitable conclusion, not that his listeners will notice.