From Crooks and Liars
Discussing the Bush legacy yesterday, Chris Matthews on MSNBC's Hardball came up with a good metaphor:
Matthews: I found it interesting that the president, who admitted he was wrong about WMDs as a justification for war, called it a "disappointment." If a police officer in the line of duty in the middle of the night shoots a fellow because he thinks he's got a gun, it turns out he's got a wallet, your reaction if you're a police officer is not that you're disappointed he didn't have a gun, it's shame that even if it was a technical mistake that you've made, that you've killed a guy without reason. Why does the president use the word "disappointment" when he says they didn't have the WMD to justify us going in? I think it's an odd use of the word.
There are days that Chris Matthews is ON, he can sometimes get to the root of the issue in a very clear way. This certainly is one of them. This is a great video clip and you need to view it. Tony Blankley tries to weasel out for Bush, denying that Bush knowingly lied, but even in the most favorable case for GWB, he was horribly wrong on Iraq. In the more reality based case we see the cherry picking of false intelligence over directly contradicting intelligence from US agencies. All of this in support of his predetermined plan to invade Iraq. That is a very sad story for GWB, in that story he is a monster, a war criminal, and the worst president of the US to date.