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.
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 25: Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer listens to a speech by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence during the Republican Jewish Coalition spring leadership meeting at The Venetian Las Vegas on... LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 25: Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer listens to a speech by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence 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. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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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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  1. And now, the moral to this story.

    “Omnishambles”. I am purloining this bon mot forthwith.

  2. Fleischer was and still is the poster boy for smug stupidity … bless his heart.

  3. Ari is getting older and is beginning to understand the implication of the blood on his and Bush’s hands. Maybe he will meet his maker one day and is afraid he will burn in hell.

  4. Ari as an apologist for himself and others would have been better off had he STFU.

  5. David Corn is an American hero (to me at least). Cogent, lengthy reponses like this show why (although the 47% tape is probably the topper)

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