Olbermannâ€™s Top 9/11 Story: The Promotion Of Failure In Bush Administration [VIDEO]
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Transcript from Crooks and Liars:
To this day, millions of Americans believe we invaded Iraq because of 9/11.
33 percent still believe there was some interconnection between Saddam Hussein and the nightmares here and in Washington and in Pennsylvania.
Iraq, of course, had nothing to do with 9/11. Then. Six years later, that has changed.
Iraq has distracted us from punishing those responsible for 9/11.
If another 9/11 comes, our focus on Iraq will surely have been central to that nightmare.
How did we get here? What consequences have been paid by those who brought us here?
In our number one story tonight, no one person is to blame. And only some of those who are, recognize it.
As we reported yesterday, former Secretary of State Colin Powell tells G-Q magazine he is â€œsorryâ€ he gave the world wrong information when he told the U-N of the threat Iraq supposedly posed.
He was not fired for doing so.
He paid no price we know of, other than the admitted â€œblotâ€ on his record, and whatever toll his conscience exacted.
Unrepentant, however, is former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, also talking to G-Q;
Saying he does not lose sleep over the warâ€¦ declining to apologize for itâ€¦ despite pushing for itâ€¦ despite using 9/11â€“the day after 9/11â€“for his own benefit, to pursue his goal of bombing Iraq.
Rumsfeld, not fired for his performance, but for politicsâ€¦ now in private lifeâ€¦ reportedly trying to see how much he must tell, to make for a profitable tell-all. Rumsfeld was served, and the nation ill-served, by a flock of Pentagon hawks, bent on war, seeing 9/11 not as an obligation to answer,. but an opportunity to exploit.
Deputy Secretary Paul Wolfowitz who also tied Iraq to 9/11, who ridiculed warnings we needed more troops to invade Iraqâ€“not firedâ€“ named head of the World Bank, until resigning in disgrace.
Defense Policy Board Chairman Richard Perleâ€“ not firedâ€“ forced to retire not for pushing the war, but for allegedly profiting off it.
Undersecretary Doug Feith, who cherry-picked anti-Iraq intelâ€“ not firedâ€“ despite a Pentagon report later refuting Feithâ€™s claim that Iraq and al Qaeda were in league.
And as you go higher in the administration, your reward for being wrong on the war grows proportionately.
Deputy National Security Advisor Stephen Hadleyâ€“ responsible for the 16-word lie about Iraqi pursuit of yellowcake from Nigerâ€“ not firedâ€“ promoted to National Security Advisor.
His boss, Condoleezza Rice, who threatened us with mushroom cloudsâ€“ not firedâ€“ promoted to Americaâ€™s chief diplomat: Secretary of State.
CIA Director George Tenet, who called the case for war a â€œslam dunkâ€â€“ not firedâ€“ given the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
And within the presidentâ€™s circle of advisors, marketing the war:
Andy Card and Dan Bartlettâ€“ neither fired. Card retired, Bartlett promoted, then retired.
Karen Hughesâ€“ not firedâ€“ promoted, stunningly, to the task of winning hearts and minds in the Muslim world.
But let us go higher still.
Vice President Dick Cheney, creator of his cherry-picking intel apparatus, gave its poisoned fruit to the media and then fed the lie to us on national television â€” even after truth, and shame, rendered its mendaciousness, manifest. He continues to do so to this day. Not fired.
Adam Howard is the editor of PEEK.