The Flames Are Long Gone, But the Pain Lingers On

Glenn Beck is still an insane lunatic, but it was nice hearing this:

From the beginning, most people on the left were against going into Iraq. I wasn’t. At the time I believed that the United States was under threat from Saddam Hussein. I really truly believed that Saddam Hussein was funding terrorists. We knew that. He was funding the terrorists in Hamas. We knew that he was giving money. We could track that. We knew he hated us. We knew that without a shadow of a doubt. It wasn’t much or a stretch to believe that he would fund a terror strike against us, especially since he would say that. So I took him at his word.

[…] Now, in spite of the things I felt at the time when we went into war, liberals said: We shouldn’t get involved. We shouldn’t nation-build. And there was no indication the people of Iraq had the will to be free. I thought that was insulting at the time. Everybody wants to be free. They said we couldn’t force freedom on people. Let me lead with my mistakes. You are right. Liberals, you were right. We shouldn’t have.

Welcome to the club, I was wrong, too. Dunno why it took so long, but for once, you are right. Now stop being so foolish about everything else. Do what you did right there, and rethink your position.

122 replies
  1. 1
    raven says:

    Even a stopped clock is right twice a day!

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    Baud says:

    Well, shit. Now I have to support the Iraq war.

  3. 3
    Ash Can says:

    He’s full of shit. He’s just trying to shock his audience and attract attention. His ratings must be slipping.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    I saw that headline and I thought for sure you were talking about the NHL in Atlanta. Which seemed like an odd thing to do.

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    Violet says:

    Didn’t Pat Robertson say something a few days ago about how Bush lied us into Iraq? Is this some kind of coordinated wingnut strategery?

    Good for Glenn Beck for saying that, but I don’t trust him or any of the other war mongering wingnuts.

  6. 6
    David Koch says:

    Charles Johnson @Green_Footballs · 7h

    The right hasn’t been this pissed off since Osama bin Laden was killed.

    LOLGOP @LOLGOP · 5h

    It must hurt deep inside to believe Obama is a bumbling clown who can sabotage you at any moment with his surgical capture of terrorists.

    Charles Johnson @Green_Footballs · 9h

    This capture of a Benghazi ringleader is a transparent attempt to distract people’s attention from Benghazi..

    Michael Grunwald @MikeGrunwald · 6h

    When is Obama going to fix the website/catch the Benghazi killers? (Pause.) Why is Obama spiking the football?

    LOLGOP @LOLGOP · 7h

    OBAMA REFUSES TO FOLLOW BUSH PRECEDENT OF LETTING THE NEXT GUY CLEAN UP YOUR TERRORISTS http://thelolgop.com #tcot

    Simon Maloy @SimonMaloy · 8h

    Obama the feckless wimp who can manipulate the entire national security apparatus to operate in minute precision with his political agenda.

    LOLGOP @LOLGOP · 8h

    I QUESTION THE TIMING OF THIS #BENGHAZI CAPTURE. OBAMA SHOULD HAVE BEEN LIKE BUSH AND LEFT IT FOR THE NEXT GUY TO CLEAN UP. #tcot

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    japa21 says:

    Only problem is he is creating straw men. The arguments he is talking about were rarely mentioned by opponents of the war.

    Instead, we talked about how Saddam wasn’t a threat, which was fairly clear to anybody who really looked at it. Saddam wasn’t financing Hamas. He almost certainly didn’t have WMDs, and he definitely would not get involved with al Qaeda.

    The Bush administration had already pretty much declared it wasn’t interested in nation building. In fact, our men and women in the military were told we weren’t there to nation build, we would leave that to others.

    I don’t think we said anything about Iraqis not wanting to be free. We were very concerned about how that freedom would be used, fearing pretty much what has happened.

    And most of us had a real fear that it was going to take a lot of years and a lot of lives before it was done.

    So I am glad he realizes he was wrong, but, he was even wronger than he thinks he was.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Welcome to the club, I was wrong, too. Dunno why it took so long, but for once, you are right. Now stop being so foolish about everything else. Do what you did right there, and rethink your position.

    Oh God, John, you’re going to invite Glenn Beck to be the new front-pager here, aren’t you?

    iknewitiknewitiknewitiknewit

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    different-church-lady says:

    Soooo… that admission you were wrong about Syria is coming up soon, right?

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    beltane says:

    @Violet: It could easily be that the religious nut wing of the GOP is trying to distance themselves from the neoconservatives. Many paleoconservatives like Pat Buchanan and Ron Paul were not in favor of the invasion to begin with so it’s not hard to envision the Christianists splitting off from the likes of Bill Kristol and Paul Wollfowitz.

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    Jeffro says:

    @David Koch: Love the next-to-last one: WHICH IS IT, WINGNUTZ?!? Choose!

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Baud: @SiubhanDuinne: Made me laugh!

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    Cacti says:

    @different-church-lady:

    Soooo… that admission you were wrong about Syria is coming up soon, right?

    His preferred response these days is to deny any involvement in the front page circle jerk over Obama getting ready to put “boots on the ground”.

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    Hal says:

    It wasn’t much or a stretch to believe that he would fund a terror strike against us, especially since he would say that. So I took him at his word.

    Did he actually say that? Why would Saddam Hussein fund a terrorist strike against the US knowing the reply by the US would be another military strike that would remove him from power? It makes no sense for Hussein to endanger his power and dictatorship just because he hated the US.

    Also in related news, Charles Krauthammer’s old portrait is discovered.

    https://markosun.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/lol4.jpg

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Baud: Did you see my comment on the last thread about how to change the formatting on Booman Tribune?

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    beltane says:

    @japa21: I was struck how he claims that Saddam Hussein’s support for Hamas, an entity that poses no threat to the US, was a key factor in the decision to invade Iraq. Really?

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    ruemara says:

    I wouldn’t trust his change of heart if I could rip it from his chest and interrogate it myself. And no, I wouldn’t put it back. That man is responsible for not just perpetuating evil, but making it mainstream.

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    Cacti says:

    Someone should probably also tell Glenn that the voices in GWB’s head telling him to invade Iraq weren’t Jesus talking to him.

    It’s what the medical profession refers to as psychosis.

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    Cassidy says:

    Glenn Beck is a big liberal and one of Obama’s biggest supporters. Talk radio said so. They just knew it.

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    Pogonip says:

    @beltane: Yes, but Hamas poses a decent-size threat to Israel, so they probably were at least part of the excuse–Er, decision–to invade.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Hal: Clicking on that link made my computer hang. Did that happen to anyone else?

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    Baud says:

    @WaterGirl:

    Yes. Thanks. I’ll check it out next time I visit the site.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Baud: Which might be never? :-)

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    Hill Dweller says:

    Maddow’s first couple of segments were great. She dropped the hammer on Drudge, Fox, McCain and the beltway media.

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    David Koch says:

    Snifff. Snifff. Sniffff. Do you smell that? You smell that? Smells like the GOP’s only 2016 talking point has gone up in smoke.

    NYT: Benghazi Attack Leader Said It Was “Revenge” for US Anti-Islam Video “An insult to Islam”

    Charles Johnson

    The latest from the New York Times on the capture of Ahmed Abu Khattala notes that at the time of attack on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi, he told other Libyans he did it to take revenge for that anti-Islam video that sparked protests and riots across the Middle East

    See, it was about the video.

    Charles Johnson @Green_Footballs · 4h

    Here comes the final collapse of the Benghazi Boogaloo.

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    Morzer says:

    @SiubhanDuinne:

    I believe Eric Cantor is warming up in the bull-shit pen.

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    Baud says:

    @WaterGirl:

    I like Booman’s posts. I even comment there every once in a blue moon. It’s really the only other site I ever comment at.

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    different-church-lady says:

    @WaterGirl: Your computer was trying to protect your eyeballs.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    Liberals are always right. Duh!

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    D58826 says:

    Some what off topic but the NYT is reporting that the guy we capture is telling people that the movie did play a part in the attack. I understand why the elephant can’t admit that but why the realty based world has a problem with the concept that peoples motives are complex is depressing. It is entirely possible that the movie was just one of many reasons why the mob attacked the embassy.

    oops see that someone else got there first

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    Morzer says:

    @Baud:

    I bet you say that to all the other innocent blogs you debauch with your perverted liberal comments.

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    raven says:

    @David Koch: I wouldn’t get too smug quite yet. These motherfuckers are snakes.

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    @different-church-lady: What precisely was I wrong about Syria. I didn’t want air attacks or ground troops. Neither happened.

  34. 34
    Baud says:

    @Morzer:

    “Innocent blogs” is as oxymoronic as “perverted liberal” is repetitive.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Hal:

    Also in related news, Charles Krauthammer’s old portrait is discovered.

    https://markosun.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/lol4.jpg

    Oh, man, he hasn’t aged well at all, has he?

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @David Koch: McCain needs to apologize to Secretary Rice. He and Graham led a lunch mob against her.

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    beltane says:

    @David Koch: They’ll just pull another talking point from their orifices. It’s not like their claims are ever subjected to media scrutiny.

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    Baud says:

    @Patricia Kayden:

    He and Graham led a lunch mob against her.

    I love autocorrect.

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    Morzer says:

    @Baud:

    Ronald Reagan taught us that!

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    raven says:

    @Patricia Kayden: The Naked Lunch!

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    some guy says:

    if Saddam Hussein was funding the Islamic Resistance Movement in Palestine he sure was doing a piss poor job of it.

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    David Koch says:

    @Hill Dweller: I fucking love that woman. I want to have her babies.

  43. 43
    Corner Stone says:

    @John (MCCARTHY) Cole: You got your “WarNutz” on, John Cole!!
    /BJ commentariot

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    catclub says:

    @Hal:

    Did he actually say that?

    The closest I know of is that Saddam bragged that he was paying $25k to the parents of suicide bombers in Israel.

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    Baud says:

    @David Koch:

    You can’t have her babies, silly. She’s a lesbian.

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    mdblanche says:

    @Hal:

    Also in related news, Charles Krauthammer’s old portrait is discovered.

    Every time Krauthammer grows more corrupt, his portrait ages a little more.

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    KG says:

    @beltane: one of the talking points, as I recall, was his general support of Islamist terrorists. I think it went like this:

    1. WMDs (1% doctrine/mushroom cloud over NY/LA/Chicago)
    2. Support of terrorists (usually generally stated, never tied to Al Qaeda, only concrete example was alleged payments to families of Palestinian suicide bombers)
    3. Violations of the 1991 cease fire agreement

    Then it was retconned to include “spreading democracy” and occasionally the “flypaper theory”. Sometimes his prior crimes against humanity would be raised, particularly against the Kurds.

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    some guy says:

    @John (MCCARTHY) Cole:

    unlike Cassidy and Cacti and different church lady you, John Cole, have not been supportive enough of al Qaeda’s efforts to overthrow the godless infidels of the Assad regime, to behead the secular, to car bomb the innocent, and to execute Assad regulars in the Syrian Army.

    please get with the program, or Cassidy, Cacti, and different church lady will continue to be very very disappointed in you.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Baud: Me, too. On both counts. (good site, only other place I comment)

    Edited for clarity.

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    Kay says:

    @D58826:

    You really have t go back to the start and read the transcript of the initial tv interview with Susan Rice to see how overblown the whole “Susan Rice lied” line of inquiry is.

    I don’t think you should do that because it’s a waste of time (it doesn’t matter to the story they created) but the “Susan Rice Talking Points Scandal” was a dead end from the start. They chased after nothing. All of them.

    I don’t know what happened there. I wouldn’t fall over dead from shock if I found out the CIA or the Administration or the State Department hid something or other, but I for one have no idea what they might have hidden based on what Susan Rice said. There is just nothing in that interview, and that’s what the whole thing is based on.

  52. 52
    Morzer says:

    @Baud:

    An inbread lunch mob went after Rice.

  53. 53
    raven says:

    @Kay: Hey, what the deal with sending you to the conference?

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    mdblanche says:

    @Morzer: You misspelled preverted.

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    Baud says:

    @Morzer:

    They were on her like white on Rice

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    David Koch says:

    @Kay:

    “Susan Rice Talking Points Scandal” was a dead end from the start. They chased after nothing. All of them.

    Grifters gotta grift

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    D58826 says:

    @some guy: IIRC Hamas was at least partially funded by the Mossad as a counter to Arafat and the PLO. Just like AQ in Afghanistan be careful what you wish for (or fund)

  58. 58
    Morzer says:

    @WaterGirl:

    Kevin Drum does some good stuff and generally writes well. You get the same sad-sack cast of GOP clowns in the comments, but you can generally ignore them.

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    David Koch says:

    @Baud: She’s sexy as fuck.

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    Cassidy says:

    @some guy: Well, your welcome to quote me on where I’ve been supportive of any side in Syria. I’ll wait.

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    David Koch says:

    @D58826: Just like the OSS funding and training the Viet Cong and St. Ronnie funding and training the Mujahideen

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    Howard Beale IV says:

    Now THIS is how you do a throwdown:

    Tragically, all we’ve fought for in Iraq, all that 4,500 American lives were shed to gain, is on the cusp, potentially, of vanishing.
    – Mitt Romney, “Ideas Summit,” 6/13/2014

    All we fought for in Iraq.

    All we fought for in Iraq is on the cusp of vanishing.

    That’s what Mitt Romney says.

    We fought for. We fought for. We.

    Oh, so it’s we now, is it, Mitt?

    We.

    I must have missed you over there, but it was a busy place. We. The guy who helped set up “pro-draft” rallies and yet somehow managed to avoid service in Vietnam is upset about losing what “we” fought for? We.

    Yeah, fuck you, Mitt.”

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    some guy says:

    @D58826:

    yes, in the initial stages Islamic Resistance Movement was assisted (actively and passively) by Shin Bet as a counterweight to the left elements of the PLO. Fatah had many leftwing elements (and still does, see Barghouti, rotting away in an Israeli jail) but also the then strong PFLP within the PLO. Israel funded and encouraged Mujama Al-Islamiya in the 1970s, registering the group as a charity and helping them set up a university, along with clubs and schools at the elementary and high school level.

    what goes around comes around

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    Kay says:

    @raven:

    What “conference”? I don’t go to conferences, raven :)

    I’m kidding.

    You mean Detroit? It is my 2nd trip to NN but I think I will be better at it this time because now I understand the flow of it – it’s extraordinarily busy. By now you may have noticed I’m not really a speedy quick person.

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    Cassidy says:

    @John (MCCARTHY) Cole: Yeah. You know that’s not how you put it. Add some more breathless and hand wringing.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @David Koch: I’m having trouble keeping up. I thought we were still talking about you having Maddow’s babies, but no, you have already moved on to Susan Rice being sexy.

    Methinks you think smart is sexy. Me, too.

  67. 67
    Ken says:

    Glenn Beck:

    So I took him at his word.

    See, Glenn? This is why you don’t listen to the crazy voices.

  68. 68
    WaterGirl says:

    @Kay: How are the donations coming? Are you fully funded yet?

    Edit: including whatever your version of hook-ers and blo-w is.

    Edit: does FYWP consider those two to be bad words? It completely ate my comment so I had to add some hyphens.

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    KS in MA says:

    @Patricia Kayden:

    (sigh) If that were only true!

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    Baud says:

    @WaterGirl:

    Hookers and blow.

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    some guy says:

    @Cassidy:

    Cassidy says:
    September 10, 2013 at 3:38 pm
    @Donut: Feel better? Good, now let me tell you why you’re a fucking idiot. Of course it’s not over you rube. Hell, I’ll be surprised if Syria turns over a quarter of its CW arsenal. This is all theater. That’s it. But, Assad has had his winkie slapped, Russia gets to oppose us and have Syria not be the asshole on the playground, Obama doesn’t bomb shit and never really wanted to, and lastly, Syria doesn’t use CW again except for small, ambiguous attacks with the next large scale use of CW committed by the rebels after they capture a stockpile. The rest of the world gets to go back to ignoring the civil war in favor their preferred sport, you still get to use dead metaphors, Cole can write about cats and contemplate life as the cat lady, and Mix and AL get put on suicide watch now that once again Obama isn’t worse than Bush, Mao, and Hitler having threesome while GG faps away and films it at the same time.

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    Kay says:

    @David Koch:

    I’m a little curious why they seem to dislike Rice so much. She qualified every bit of those answers. She just didn’t say anything conclusory or damning, ya know, if you read the actual words.

    I don’t think she says anything different than “administration spokespeople” (any administration) ordinarily do, they hedge and qualify everything and always have, but I do like her rat a tat tat delivery and how intense she is. That’s why I don’t get the hostility towards her.

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    different-church-lady says:

    @John (MCCARTHY) Cole: You were pretty damn certain both were going to happen.

    At any rate, it is in one sense comforting to know how things will play out. This will ramp up for a while, we’ll build a group of nations who have military might and similar business interests “coalition of the willing,” we’ll bomb the fuck out of some people with “surgical strikes” that will “send a message that the international community is serious” and undoubtedly kill a shitload of people accidentally have some collateral damage, but at least we are “doing something.”

    Maybe [Obama] is just trying to earn another Nobel Prize.

    And maybe he was trying to finally earn the first one.

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    catclub says:

    @Kay: I am still convinced is the only way to express their rage and frustration at Condaleeza Rice. Whipping boy/ scapegoat, psychological response.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Baud: Apparently not. Maybe FYWP just had a hiccup.

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    D58826 says:

    @Kay: I agree the whole Rice thing was and is a dead end. The talking points just like any initial reports of a battle or a school shooting are fragmentary and usually wrong. The GOP has nothing else to hang an ‘Obama lied’ scandal on.

    The sad thing is legitimate issues like how do we protect our diplomats in dangerous situations or exactly what was the CIA was up to since it really was a CIA operation under state department cover never get answered.

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    different-church-lady says:

    @some guy: I’m having a hard time understanding what the eff you’re talking about there, but I’ve got a suspicion you’ve got my position 180 degrees backwards.

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    Cassidy says:

    @some guy: And that proves I support AQ controlled rebels how?

    Seriously. I’m amused and curious how you’ve made that connection in your fevered imagination. This should be good.

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    Kay says:

    @WaterGirl:

    I don’t know. I don’t have anything to do with the counting. This is a pretty informal and free-form place, WaterGirl. I know you can’t tell that, looking :)

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    catclub says:

    @D58826:

    The talking points just like any initial reports of a battle or a school shooting are fragmentary and usually wrong.

    But Mitt had jumped in with both feet, far too early, and the GOP had to back him, and now continues to never apologize.
    It was sep 2012 – right before the election.

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    some guy says:

    Cassidy, mocking Cole for applauding Obama when the POTUS was informed by the Defense and Intelligence agencies that it was al Qaeda, not Assad, that had been using chemical weapons, and Obama cjhose not to bomb bomb bomb Syrtia:

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2.....overdue-3/

    Cassidy says:
    September 18, 2013 at 9:11 am
    @sherparick: Nuance is not how this place works. This is Cole’s MO: first he states some dipshit opinion, then later throws a post up like this several scotches in having an argument with a several straw men because he doesn’t read his own blog and prefers to pretend that everyone had the same opinion and different from him. Finally, he pats himself on the back with the non-wanking hand for having an opinion he never fully expressed and forgetting about the dumb shit he said in the first place. Cole doesn’t do nuance.

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    Kay says:

    @D58826:

    I wonder about it. I wonder if it’s a situation where they say “there was something there but we so jumped the gun with Susan Rice that by the time we sobered up everything else we might have followed was a big, convoluted mess”

    Maybe they just plain screwed up, in their eagerness to nail her on that meaningless interview. The response to that interview was insane. They hung with it for so long, too! There just aren’t enough words in it to hold up this whole “coverup” theory. Eventually they were going to need more than that interview, but it’s like they couldn’t stop returning to it.

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    Cassidy says:

    @some guy: And?

    Again, how does that show that I have expressed support for

    of al Qaeda’s efforts to overthrow the godless infidels of the Assad regime, to behead the secular, to car bomb the innocent, and to execute Assad regulars in the Syrian Army.

    C’mon brain trust. Obviously you can cut and paste, now prove your assertion.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @catclub:

    IIRC, he had pledged to send the money but was too cheap to actually follow through, so his “terrorism support” was even more token than it initially sounded.

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    some guy says:

    Obama doesn’t bomb shit and never really wanted to, and lastly, Syria doesn’t use CW again except for small, ambiguous attacks with the next large scale use of CW committed by the rebels after they capture a stockpile. The rest of the world gets to go back to ignoring the civil war in favor their preferred sport, you still get to use dead metaphors,

    how many things can Cassidy be wrong about al Qaeda in Syria? I mean besides his mocking of Cole for questioning whether it was Assad or al Qaeda that used chemical weapons?

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    Kay says:

    And there was no indication the people of Iraq had the will to be free.

    Glenn Beck’s going to have to point me to the liberal who said “there was no indication the people of Iraq had the will to be free”.

    I don’t recall that as a justification for not invading that country at all.

    I love how he’s set this apology up with him as the crazy dreamer and liberals as people weighing in negatively on “the will to be free”, whatever the hell that is.

    The people using all that noble, lofty language were conservatives, and they were hurling it at liberals as an accusation. He has the two groups confused perhaps.

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    D58826 says:

    @Kay: Given the general set of conspiracy theories held by a big chuck of the GOP base and way to many of their senate/house members, they were primed to believe anything negative about the Kenyan usurper. And the story was just so simple and easy to understand. Not a lot of moving parts as opposed to what really happened that night with it’s conflicting time lines..

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    some guy says:

    @Cassidy:

    low level “intelligence” worker drones can not fail, they can only be failed. poor Cassidy. btw, Cole was talking about Obama’s decision not to bomb Syria on the dubious assertion that the Assad regime, rather than al Qaeda (as it was later shown) that used chemical weapons. Cassidy termed this a “dipshit opinion” produced by too many scotches. Get Your war On, Cole!

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    Cassidy says:

    @some guy: So basically you can’t. Didn’t think so.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @WaterGirl:

    Methinks you think smart is sexy. Me, too.

    Well, shucks. I’m happy to make your acquaintance.

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    Cassidy says:

    @some guy: Yeah. You have a very boring imagination. If you’re gonna make shit up, at least try to support it.

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    Debbie says:

    Glenn Beck’s totally losing his shit. For the past couple of weeks, he’s been lamenting how divided the country’s become, as if he had nothing to do with that. He beseeches his listeners to stop labeling everyone, and then he returns to ranting about Progressives and the Agenda of the Left. He’s beyond lunacy.

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    Kay says:

    @D58826:

    That one though (to me) had enormous potential to be hinky, just because it involved so many big political players and it was election time.

    Like I said, I wouldn’t have been surprised if there was deception of some kind. I just think chasing that one interview as a smoking gun was utter and complete bullshit.

    I think they conduct everything like campaign journalism now, like it fucking matters if Rice didn’t do a “good job” explaining or something. She revealed next to nothing. She’s not running for the Senate. We’re not measuring her ability to make credible or persuasive statements. We might be, but that has to go somewhere. It’s like they ended up with “Susan Rice comes off as untrustworthy so therefore won’t capture Pennsylvania’s electoral votes”

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    some guy says:

    funny how dismissive Cassidy was of the idea that it was al Qaeda (I’m sorry. the Syrian “rebels) that had used sarin gas in Syria, not the Assad regime.

    low level intelligence drones can never fail, they can only be failed.

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    Cassidy says:

    @some guy: Funny how you make wild claims and when asked to support it, you can’t.

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    ellie says:

    Fuck him one thousand percent. It is not enough that he says we were right. He needs to retire from public life so he never makes an error in judgement again. Asshole.

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    Cassidy says:

    @some guy: Oh well, I’m bored with you.

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    some guy says:

    @Cassidy:

    Cassidy on Drone Warfare:

    Cassidy says:
    December 11, 2009 at 6:25 pm
    The fact is that aerial warfare on civilians is a form of terrorism.

    Good thing that isn’t what’s happenning. Targeting enemy oepratives isn’t terrorism; it’s warfare.

    to really get a good idea where Cassidy is coming from I recommend this Drone War thread from 2009. very revealing critique Cassidys opponents make about the military industrial complex that produces thousands of Cassidy’s, year in and year out.

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2009/12/11/drone-war/

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    KS in MA says:

    @Kay:

    Lots of people have pointed out that Rice had crossed McCain long before Benghazi–e.g.:

    “Rice’s put-down of Clinton was tame compared with her portrayal of McCain during 2008, which no doubt contributes to McCain’s hostility toward her today. She mocked McCain’s trip to Iraq (“strolling around the market in a flak jacket”), called his policies “reckless” and said “his tendency is to shoot first and ask questions later. It’s dangerous.”

    It was Rice’s own shoot-first tendency that caused her to be benched as a spokesman for the Obama campaign for a time in 2008.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/.....story.html

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    Kay says:

    @KS in MA:

    Hah! Thanks. I like that about her, actually. She’s an extremely intense person. Maybe that’s it. They know she can blurt things out, has that tendency, so they were baiting her or trying to trip her up. I’m okay with them trying. I just think one has to admit when one does not actually get the result one is looking for.

    “We caught her in a lie!” No, you really didn’t, not by any ordinary reading of what she said. If we secretly know she’s a liar and involved in a cover-up, maybe, but ordinary people didn’t start with that.

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    LT says:

    John

    Beck compounds his ugliness with the bullshit that us Libs who were against invading were against it partly because Iraqis didn’t want to be “free.”

    Fuck you Glenn Beck you asshole.

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    Kay says:

    Would anyone be at all surprised if there were an investigation into the circumstances surrounding them picking this person up? The only question is did they pick him up to save Obama, Clinton or Rice. All three?

    I wouldn’t. At all. I fully expect that, by Friday, latest.

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    The Goodby Blue Sky lyric actually is “The flames are all long gone, but the pain lingers on.”

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    Cassidy says:

    @some guy: Still nothing that says I’m

    of al Qaeda’s efforts to overthrow the godless infidels of the Assad regime, to behead the secular, to car bomb the innocent, and to execute Assad regulars in the Syrian Army.

    Bullshitter is bullshitting. Try harder.

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    And it is nice to see some guy again offering misleading interpretations of quotations from previous posts to which he refuses to link in order to provide context.

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    mclaren says:

    And there was no indication the people of Iraq had the will to be free. I thought that was insulting at the time. Everybody wants to be free. They said we couldn’t force freedom on people. Let me lead with my mistakes. You are right. Liberals, you were right.

    And unfortunately there is also no indication that the people of America have the will to be free. As we’ve seen from the commenters auditioning for the American gestapo (mnemosyne, omnes omnibus, martin, burnspbesq, raven, eemom, ad nauseam), Americans in 2014 violently rebel against the prospect of asserting their civil rights and yearn for a strong tough leader who will relieve them of the annoying necessity for governing themselves.

    Hey…it was a nice political experiment for a couple of hundred years. But now the experiment is over, and wannabe-serfs like mnemosyne are delighted to live in an armed garrison state under undeclared martial where (in Richard Nixon’s words) “if the president does it, that means it’s legal.”

    May your chains rest lightly upon you. I hope when you’re taken away for enhanced interrogation, you break quickly and confess to all the imaginary crimes the prosecutors demand, the better to save yourselves and your families unnecessary torment. You don’t want to try to keep holding out until they start running power drills through your spouse’s kneecaps and pulling out all your daughter’s teeth and using acid on her eyes.

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @mclaren: Hey, just off hand, what is my view on the warrantless interception of communications? I am against it. Check the archives. Argue with the real positions expressed by people. Don’t make up shit to fit your fantasies.

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    JGabriel says:

    John Cole @ Top:

    Glenn Beck is still an insane lunatic, but it was nice hearing this …

    Well, I’m late to this party, but:

    John, way, way the hell back when you first admitted to being wrong about Iraq, you said you were surprised and puzzled by the reaction, specifically by those who thanked you for the admission.

    I think you just answered your own question here. It was nice to hear the admission, that’s why we thanked you – or at least it’s mostly why I thanked you. I suppose I shouldn’t speak for the others.

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    Chris says:

    @Kay:

    Glenn Beck’s going to have to point me to the liberal who said “there was no indication the people of Iraq had the will to be free”.

    I don’t recall that as a justification for not invading that country at all.

    I love how he’s set this apology up with him as the crazy dreamer and liberals as people weighing in negatively on “the will to be free”, whatever the hell that is.

    Yeah, if that’s his self-reflection, he’s still got a ways to go. There were no leftists or liberals saying that the Iraqi people didn’t have “the will to be free.”

    The people I do remember saying that were right wing bloggers about a year after the invasion, after the whole “we’ll be greeted as liberators” turned out to be a crock, and their reaction was, in essence, to blame the Iraqis for failing to greet us as liberators, because the dumb ungrateful fucking hajjis just didn’t understand and appreciate the great gift we’d given them.

    (Money quote from Bill Whittle of [later] PJMedia, who phrased it as “we fight for the freedom of a people who have not yet earned it.”)

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Chris: Bill Whittle…jeebus, I’d forgotten that lunatic. Wasn’t he the one who wanted to build a utopian wingnut community called Ejectia? LMAO!

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    Chris says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    Holy crap, I must’ve stopped checking on him long before that.

    The website was called EjectEjectEject at the time. I am SO sorry that he didn’t get his wish on “Ejectia,” as much hilarity would have ensued.

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    Another Holocene Human says:

    Glenn Beck is a holy mad man on a quest for truth.

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    cleek says:

    And there was no indication the people of Iraq had the will to be free.

    who said this?

    i never said this. i never heard anybody say this. i heard it used as a caricature of liberal opposition, but i never heard any actual liberal say this.

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    D58826 says:

    @Kay: Was there deception. Well, yes in two ways. Number one there was a certain amount of spin but that is as old as the republic. Second. just like the cops don’t tell all they know about a crime, I’m sure the White House had more information than they released. If they had revealed all they knew and some of the attackers got away as a result the GOP would be screaming about that. Obviously by keeping the information a secret did not result in capturing anyone at the time but that is hind sight.
    This is just part of the ongoing campaign that Obama is not a real American, that he wants to destroy the country and really sympathizes with the terrorists. Graham calls him delusional, Limbaugh calls him a man-child, and no one in the GOP dares to stand up (other than McCain on one of his rare good days) and denounce the birthers

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    xian says:

    @catclub: mitt promised in the 47% speech to pounce on a foreign policy crisis as soon as he had the chance. he fumbled it masterfully.

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    xian says:

    @some guy: your commments imply someone is interested in your screed against these other commenters.

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    xian says:

    @mclaren: hope this got your blood pressure back up

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    jimmiraybob says:

    “Now stop being so foolish about everything else. Do what you did right there, and rethink your position.”

    I’m guessing that he’s contractually obligated to be a know-nothing, moronic, mouth-breathing conspiracy nut* for the rest of his professional career. Too many dollars are riding on this. The invisible hand has him by the throat.

    *possible actual contract language

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    chopper says:

    @xian:

    eh, mclaren’s fantasy world is like 1984 crossed with a neverending man-rape conga line.

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    feebog says:

    Geez, Someguy and mclaren on the same thread. Just shoot it now.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @chopper: LOLmac!

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    Long Tooth says:

    “..rethink your position”.

    Funny, because my reaction is more along the lines of well, whaddya know? The blind pig just rooted an acorn.

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