Rush Limbaugh’s justification for the Iraq War has evolved over the years, from:
- 2002-2003: Iraq definitely has WMDs.
- 2004-2006: Even if there are no WMDs, it’s OK because everybody thought Iraq had WMDs!
- 2007-2012: Iraq really did have WMDs, but they were secretly smuggled into Syria.
El Rushbo’s latest theory is that the CIA tricked George W. Bush into invading Iraq– all the while, knowing there were no WMDs– in order to cause Bush’s poll numbers to plummet:
George W. Bush’s approval numbers ended up around 30% as a result of all of this…my theory is that…intelligence people…can undermine anybody if they set their mind to it…They can undermine. They can lie to a president.
Don’t tell me that the CIA isn’t politicized when everything the hell else is!
1 of the many reasons this is implausible is because it was the White House– Dick Cheney and Scooter Libby, specifically– that pressured the CIA, not the other way around, into concluding Iraq had WMDs.
By the second term…as [Cheney’s] vision came under fire with the deterioration of Iraq and the failure to find the weapons that led to the invasion, Bush moved away from Cheney and turned increasingly toward Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who supplanted Cheney as the president’s most influential lieutenant.
Bush turned to Rice to help repair the damage done by the administration’s aggressive response to the Sept. 11 attacks. “We had broken a lot of china,” Rice told me.
Why all the convoluted theories?
Humans have an intrinsic need to see order in chaos, to find purpose in happenstance– we cannot accept that thousands of soldiers are dead or missing limbs because of garden-variety, bureaucratic fuck-upery.
Which leads us to…
MFP’s Unifying Theory of Everything
- Why did we really invade Iraq?
- Why do we really want to depose Bashar al-Assad?
- Why did it really take 10 years to capture Osama bin Laden?
- Why are we really cool w/ some brutal dictators but not others?
The answer to practically every question is: How many times have you fucked up today? Now multiply that number by 7 billion people and 25,000 years.