Monday, July 26, 2004

More blazing britches: Molly sounds the fire alarm

The invaluable Molly Ivins provides a reality check on the Republicans' talking points:

Am I the only person around who distinctly remembers an entire 18 months ago?

This is what happened: The CIA was wrong, but it wasn't wrong enough for the White House, which kept pushing the spies to be much wronger. The CIA's lack of sufficient wrongness was so troubling to the anxious Iraq hawks that they kept touting their own reliable sources, such as Ahmad Chalabi and his merry crew of fabulists. The neocons even set up their very own little intelligence shop in the Pentagon to push us into this folly in Iraq.

Which brings us to the second talking point last week: Iraq never happened.

I swear to you that "this war and its disastrous aftermath never happened" is the new official line. Down the memory hole. Never happened. You dreamed the whole thing.

Iraq is now like Ken Lay and Chalabi. They never heard of it. Only met it once. Besides, Iraq contributed to their opponents.


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