One of the points Paul Krugman notes in his column I referenced below is that Karl Rove now wants to re-litigate the series of exaggerations and frauds the Bush administration used to game the United States into the Iraq War. This has been off the radar for some time. Not only is it some years ago (it occurs to me that you’ve got a decent number of young journalists who don’t even have a clear living memory of all that went down) but most of the reality of what happened has actually been reported (notwithstanding a few whitewash congressional investigations conducted under the GOP majority) and is there for people to see.
But there’s actually a lot that remained covered up. A whole lot. For a lot of reasons. Even the very broad outlines we mainly know, from a lot of really good post-war reporting by a lot of different shoe-leather reporters.
I think Mr. Rove’s idea is that he and the other folks involved can try to rewrite the history — or at least enough of a gloss for folks who aren’t paying attention or are heavily invested in getting fooled — while everybody is distracted, busy or just generally not watching. But I’d actually be eager to see this whole debacle re-litigated. I’m assuming this means all those involved are now ready? Eager to talk?
Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.