Sunday, April 20, 2014
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Tonight: Must-see TV

Tonight: Must-see TV

Tonight at 9 on MSNBC is "Hubris," a deep dive that breaks some new ground on the government lies that gave us the Iraq War, such as:

“It was a shock, it was a total shock–I couldn’t believe the vice president was saying this,” Gen. Anthony Zinni, the former commander in chief of U.S. Central Command, told me in an interview for the documentary. Zinni, who had access to the most sensitive U.S. intelligence on Iraq, was on a stage in Nashville, Tennessee, receiving an award from the Veteran of Foreign Wars on August 26, 2002, when he heard the vice president launch the opening salvo in the Bush administration’s campaign to generate public support for an invasion. “Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction,” Cheney said. “There is no doubt he is amassing them to use against our friends, against our allies and against us.” Zinni, sitting right next to Cheney’s lectern, says he “literally bolted” when he heard the vice president’s comments. “In doing work with the CIA on Iraq WMD [weapons of mass destruction], through all the briefings I heard at Langley, I never saw one piece of credible evidence that there was an ongoing program.” He recounts going to one of those CIA briefings and being struck by how thin the agency’s actual knowledge of Iraqi weapons programs was. “What I was hearing [from Bush administration officials] and what I knew did not jive,” Zinni says.

Like I've said many times before, this stuff still matters. Maybe some day we'll even hold some of the folks behind this dishonesty campaign accountable. Otherwise, what's to prevent it from happening again. Or happening now. But if you don't care, I'm sure you can watch some stranded cruise ship or Marco Rubio drinking a glass of water on some other channel.

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