'The disgrace of this administration'

In this clip from The Chris Matthews Show Matthews and his guests revisit the leak case and its plausible implications, had it been known publicly prior to the 2004 election.

When guest Andrew Sullivan, the senior editor of The New Republic says that hypothesizing that knowledge of the leak could have swayed the election is "persuasive...but not a knock out, politically" Joe Klein of Time fires back with this 'crucial' statistic.


Klein: ...That month, June 2003, they sent 1200 people over to look for weapons of mass destruction, 1200 intelligence officers. At the same moment, General Ricardo Sanchez in Baghdad had 27 people trying to figure out who the insurgency was. That is the disgrace of this administration.
Matthews: In other words, they'd rather make their case than win the war?
Klein: Absolutely.



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