There’s always been a kind of exquisite irony in Karl Rove’s presence on FOX, and never more so than when he talks about America’s latest 10-year War. A war which, as everyone with an ounce of sanity seems to acknowledge, he and Bush caused. Everyone except for Rove himself, who at this point has gone from arguing against his involvement to dismissing it.
In Rove’s world, he was just one of…well, everyone…who sincerely believed that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. He quotes Al Gore, Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton as examples of people who believed there were WMDs in Iraq. And, of course, he’s right.
BECAUSE KARL ROVE TOLD THEM THEY WERE THERE.
It’s hard not to see a little bit of ye olde victim-blaming in the neo-con game; maybe that’s just something rapists do when they get caught a-raping. “Oh, that slut America…if she didn’t want us lying to her, she shouldn’t have dressed like she wanted it.”
Rove and Reilly mutually masturbate:
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…
O’REILLY: And Bill O’Reilly as well.
Speaking of “misleading the public,” we’re going to have to call Papa Bear O’Reilly out on his implication that only the “far left” believes Rove and Bush intentionally misled America on WMDs in Iraq. And, if that’s true, then evidently the “far left” is a bit bigger than it used to be.
Even back in 2005, 55 percent of Americans believed that Bush/Rove had intentionally lied about the presence of WMDs. In 2012, a poll reported that a whopping 42 percent of people believed that Iraq never had WMDs; but among Republicans, 62 percent believed they did. Of course, according to the same poll, 55 percent of Republicans also believed Obama was born in Kenya. So, maybe reality is just a little more malleable to some than it is to others. Like Karl Rove.