WATCH: Donald Trump Went Where No Major Republican Had Gone Before With Bush and 9/11 - and He Was 100% Accurate
March 09, 2016
Trump has been calling out former president George W. Bush for lying about weapons of mass destruction and Iraq occasionally on the campaign trail. Few if any mainstream political figures have ever implied or said George W. Bush was responsible in any way for the attack before, much less a political frontrunner.
"They lied. They said there were weapons of mass destruction and they knew there were none,” Donald Trump announced again during the ninth GOP debate.
“Predictably, the right-wing echo chamber has been going ballistic," said Jonny 5, of the Flobots and a guest on The Young Turks, "that Trump would suggest at a Republican debate no less, that George W. Bush had any idea before the war that Iraq had no WMDs."
So what's the truth? Did the Bush administration knowingly lie to the American people in order to lead us into preemptive war? According to a recent piece by Jon Schwartz in The Intercept, the answer is an unequivocal yes.
In August 2002, Cheney suggested that Saddam Hussein’s son-in-law, Hussein Kamel, who once ran the Iraqi WMD program, had confirmed Saddam’s nuclear weapons program, when in fact Kamel had said the exact opposite. Iraq had destroyed all WMD by 1995, which the CIA confirmed in January 2002. In short, top officials in the Bush administration knowingly misrepresented what Hussein Kamel told the CIA and cited Kamel in making the case for the Iraq war.
Watch: Why Donald Trump is dead right about Bush administration: