Former Bush Spox Tries To Debunk ‘Bush Lied, People Died,’ Fails Miserably

speaks during the Republican Jewish Coalition spring leadership meeting at The Venetian Las Vegas on April 25, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Republican Jewish Coalition's annual meeting featured potential Republican presidential candidates in attendance, along with Republican super donor Sheldon Adelson.
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Ari Fleischer, who served as former President George W. Bush’s press secretary through the early months of the Iraq War, attempted on Tuesday night to argue that his former boss did not “lie” to the American public during the run-up to what became a two-decade, multi-trillion-dollar war and occupation. It did not go well for him.

On the eve of the Iraq War’s 16th anniversary, Fleisher argued in a lengthy Twitter thread that he and President Bush merely “faithfully and accurately reported to the public what the intelligence community concluded.”

That is not true, and various journalists on Twitter were available with helpful notes for the former Bush administration official, who is now a trusted pundit on Fox News.

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