Howard Kurtz: The way reporters ‘aided and abetted’ Bush was ‘the media’s greatest failure’

Fresh off his declaration that President Obama “works very hard and doesn’t take many vacations,” objective media critic Howard Kurtz weighed in on “the media’s greatest failure in modern times.”

Major news organizations aided and abetted the Bush administration’s march to war on what turned out to be faulty premises. All too often, skepticism was checked at the door and the shaky claims of top officials and unnamed sources were trumpeted as fact.

Spreading baseless charges? Howard Kurtz? The hell you say!

No, according to the text accompanying the must-“WATCH” video linked by Kurtz, “conservative political commentator” Andrew Sullivan has abandoned his uterine forensics hobby to focus on important things. Like gay-baiting Catholic cardinals.

But don’t question Kurtz’s news judgment. He’s all about the facts, ma’am.

  • waltermitty2012

    Kurtz is secretly positioning himself as the next White House spokesman.

    • Scott Anderson

      He’s doing a fine job now and they don’t have to pay him.

  • http://apostrophejones.com/ Gloves Donahue, Jr.

    Yes Howie.
    The media enabled the evil George Bush for years.

    It’s also a shame the way the MSM hammered Obama on his seamy background, shady associates, his many gaffes, his corruption and failure.
    If only there had been a “journolist” type operation to help the poor besieged fellow.

    • mdtljt

      …all I can hear when I read your posts is Sam Axe’s smartass voice….thanks sooo much!!! BTW…you’re dead-on!!! Keep it up!!!

    • Elaine

      I can not understand how any American citizen can still support Obama and his agenda? The press doesn’t even follow up on stories any longer, they just use the “helps Obama” version.

      • WisconsinPatriot

        Smoke a ton of legal weed, the fog will help.
        Now chant I love Obama, I love Obama I love obama

      • WisconsinPatriot

        Smoke a ton of legal weed, the fog will help.
        Now chant I love Obama, I love Obama I love obama

      • Kevin Krom

        Your second sentence answers the question in the first.

      • Kevin Krom

        Your second sentence answers the question in the first.

  • GoSellCrazySomeplaceElse

    Has Kurtz been to the ‘Oral Office’?

  • Dick Beninya

    What planet does this guy live on ???

    • V the K

      I don’t know about the planet, but in his universe, Spock definitely has a goatee.

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      Uranus. Well, maybe not yours, but someone in DC who lives in a large, white house.

    • WisconsinPatriot

      Does it even HAVE an atmosphere?

    • WisconsinPatriot

      Does it even HAVE an atmosphere?

    • kch50428

      Earth. He just suffers from a rectally incarcerated cranium.

    • kch50428

      Earth. He just suffers from a rectally incarcerated cranium.

  • Maxx

    President Obama “works very hard and doesn’t take many vacations.”

    Good lord, Is it April 1 already?

    Hey nitwit Kurtz, when a President lowers his golf handicap AFTER taking office, that’s usually not a good sign for the rest of us.

  • Guest

    uhhhh…

    • E Quilibrate

      Perfect!

  • Guest

    uhhhh…

  • Garth Haycock

    *blink blink* what? *blink blink*

  • Garth Haycock

    *blink blink* what? *blink blink*

  • https://twitter.com/davidjkramer DavidKramer

    Facts, smacts, we have to push the liberal agenda! Forward!

  • https://twitter.com/davidjkramer DavidKramer

    Facts, smacts, we have to push the liberal agenda! Forward!

  • https://twitter.com/davidjkramer DavidKramer

    One observation, did ANYONE mock him for that tweet? “demanding I cover Anthony Weiner Twitter scandal” there is soooo many ways to make fun of that component like…………just tell Weiner to put on some pants, that should cover it. Or………maybe you could offer to give him a bun?

  • https://twitter.com/davidjkramer DavidKramer

    One observation, did ANYONE mock him for that tweet? “demanding I cover Anthony Weiner Twitter scandal” there is soooo many ways to make fun of that component like…………just tell Weiner to put on some pants, that should cover it. Or………maybe you could offer to give him a bun?

  • WisconsinPatriot

    Did I just see”conservative political commentator” in reference to Andrew Sullivan ???? Are we serious?

  • WisconsinPatriot

    Did I just see”conservative political commentator” in reference to Andrew Sullivan ???? Are we serious?

  • Republicanvet

    I am so sick of liberals claiming there was no reason to take out Saddam. Here Howie, stuff it!

    Liberals to this day continue to show their partisan ignorance in denying Iraq had WMD’s.

    Liberals like to claim they are so much more educated than anyone else,yet they cannot manage to read a simple book,or perform a simple web search.

    I’m sure the same liberals will continue to claim those weapons were destroyed,while ignoring other parts of the UN reports of the tons of material the inspectors knew what in the country,but they could not find.

    The following information was reported to the UN by UNSCOM inspectors,and is listed in the UN?s own book on the subject titled,The United Nations and the Iraq-Kuwait Conflict 1990-1996.

    Note the dates included with the reports,and how long it took to force Saddam to admit what he stockpiled.

    Below is the link to where it is currently listed.

    Below that are some excerpts from the book.

    http://unbisnet.un.org:8080/ipac20/ipac.jsp? session=116909OJ4556F.190&profile=bib&uri=full=3100001~!380955~!6&ri=3&aspect=power&menu=search&source=~!horizon#focus

    The United Nations and the Iraq-Kuwait Conflict 1990-1996.

    I bought this book from the UN’s web site in 1997. It is still offered for sale there as a part of their “Blue Book series” although you would not recognize the incredible information contained in the book based on the description posted at their site.

    I believe most of the reports by the Executive Chairman of UNSCOM could be accessed at the UN web site separately.

    Some word-for-word excerpts from the UN book:

    18 April 1991 In Iraq’s first declaration regarding weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles,denies having weapons grade nuclear material,a biological weapons program or any super guns. It also declares holdings of ballistic missiles and chemical weapons.

    7-18 July 1991 The third IAEA inspection uncovers large stocks of natural uranium and 15 kilograms of highly enriched uranium,and reveals the existence of various uranium enrichment programs.

    2-8 August 1991 UNSCOM conducts its first biological inspection of Iraqi facilities and uncovers a major biological program. Seed stocks of three biological warfare agents are handed over to the team,and the team removes three further potential warfare strains.

    21 February-24 March 1992 The first chemical destruction team destroys 463 nerve agent filled rockets,i.e. approximately 2.5 tons of agent.

    1 July 1995 Iraq admits to having had a full-scale offensive biological weapons program.

    4 August 1995 Iraq gives UNSCOM a written account of their biological weapons program but denies efforts to weaponize agents.

    7 August 1995 Gen. Hussein Kamel Hassan,former director of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs defects from Iraq to Jordan.

    17 August 1995 Iraq admits it produced biological weapons,a crash program to produce nuclear weapons and made greater progress in producing VX nerve agent.

    20 August 1995 Iraq gives UNSCOM 680,000 pages of printed documents,computer disks,videotapes,microfilm and microfiche relating to its banned weapons programs.

    25 October 1991 Report by Executive Chairman of UNSCOM

    Iraq acknowledged possessing 46,000 filled chemical weapons stored at various sites throughout Iraq.

    Conclusive documentary evidence was found at two Iraqi facilities showing Iraq had a program for developing nuclear weapons.

    In the course of inspection of Tammuz (Al Taqqadum) Air Base,200 aerial bombs filled with mustard agent were counted and recorded.

    The team examined 30 chemical filled ballistic missile warheads declared by Iraq in the Dujayl area. 14 were binary type filled with isopropanol and cyclohexanol with only DF needing to be added to produce nerve agent prior to use. 56 plastic containers of DF were found. Iraq stated 16 warheads were filled with a mixture of GB and GF nerve agents.

    At Al Bakr Air Base,25 type 250 gauge aerial bombs and 135 type 500 aerial bombs filled with mustard agent were declared by Iraq.

    At Al Taji,6,000 empty aluminum containers intended for filling with nerve agent and inserted into 122-millimeter warheads were found.

    At Al Fallujah Proving Ground,Iraq declared the storage of 6,394 mustard-filled 155-millimeter artillery shells. Analysis confirmed the presence of mustard agent.

    Of the 14 warheads mentioned above as being filled with chemicals, just prior to their destruction,the senior Iraqi official present said 4 were filled with the nerve agent Sarin.

    Iraq has declared 6,120 sarin nerve agent filled 122-millimeter rocket warheads and their attendant motors.

    Iraq provided seed stocks of biological warfare agents to the team consisting of Clostridium botulinum,Clostridium perfringens and Bacillus anthracis. Iraq also possessed the following micro-organisms-Brucellus abortus,Brucella melitensis,Francisella tularensis and various strains of Clostridium botulinum.

    At one undisclosed site,30 SCUD warheads filled with chemicals were found.

    Second report of the Executive Chairman of UNSCOM 4 December 1991

    Iraq’s recent record in the nuclear area is consistent with,if less dramatic than,its actions over the last six months that included the concealment of evidence of plutonium separation,of uranium enrichment,and of nuclear weapons development,of refusal to permit inspection teams to enter some sites and exit others,and confiscation of documents from inspectors in the course of an inspection.

    At Al Tuz,Khamisiyah,and Muhammadiyat numbers of munitions were discovered,including but not limited to 122 mm rockets,which were considered to be in too unsafe a condition to move and for which a drilling and draining (of nerve agent) would be very hazardous.

    Report by the IAEA to the Security Council by Hans Blix

    These consisted of 68 fuel assemblies of 36% enrichment with a U-235 content of 1.27 Kilograms. In addition,there was a set of fresh fuel plates for the Tamus-2 reactor (French MTR type) with an enrichment of 93% and a total U-235 content of 372 grams.

    Since the declarations of 18 and 27 April,inspections have resulted in some 400 tons of additional material being declared by Iraq “natural uranium in many forms,ranging from yellowcake to processed chemicals” Much of the material had been concealed by dispersion or burial in desert areas.

    The major discovery has been that of the Electromagnetic Isotope Separation (EMIS) program and its extent. A major concealment effort was made by Iraq to hide the existence of its program from inspectors, equipment being dispersed and in many cases buried in remote areas.

    Third Report of the Executive Chairman of UNSCOM 16 June 1992

    A new development was the Iraqi admission of 19 March 1992 that it had omitted to declare 24,470 chemical munitions and these weapons had been unilaterally destroyed in direct contravention of resolution 687.

    Fourth Report of the Executive Chairman of UNSCOM 17 December 1992

    The agents which Iraq had available were mustard agent,the nerve agents GB and GF (and also about 70 tons of “spoiled” GA) and small research quantities of three other nerve agents. The total quantities involved are approximately 250-300 tons.

    Of the filled munitions,mortar bombs were filled with CS,the 155mm shells are filled with mustard and the 122mm rockets are filled with nerve agents,either GB or a GB/GF mix. The aerial bombs are filled with either mustard agent or nerve agents. Some of the SCUD chemical warheads are filled with GB,the others designed to use the binary process.

    The number and quantity of munitions and agent destroyed by the Special Commission as of 14 December 1992 were on the order of:

    5,000 sarin-filled 122mm rockets 44,500 liters of GB/GF 120 liters of GB 5,000 liters of D4 1,100 liters of dichlorethane 16.5 tons of thiodiglycol 5.5 tons of mustard agent

    Report of the Secretary-General 11 October 1995

    The Commission has concluded that VX was produced on an industrial scale.

    Significant in this context is Iraq’s admission in September 1995 of the production in 1990 of 65 tons of choline,a chemical used exclusively for production of VX. This amount would be sufficient for the production of approximately 90 tons of VX. Furthermore,Iraq had over 200 tons each of the precursors phosphorus pentasulphide anddi-ispropylamine. These quantities would be sufficient to produce 400 tons of VX. At present,there is no conclusive evidence to support Iraq’s claims concerning the complete disposal of these two precursors and the choline.

    Iraq has admitted the development of prototypes of binary sarin-filled artillery shells,122mm rockets and aerial bombs. However the new documentation shows production well beyond prototype levels. Iraq has also admitted three flight tests of long-range missiles with chemical warheads,including one,in April 1990,with sarin.

    The foot and mouth disease plant at Daura was converted to biological weapons production of botulinum toxin. The plant was used for production of botulinum toxin from November 1990 until 15 January 1991 by which time 5,400 liters of concentrated toxin had been produced. Production of perfringens for biological weapons began at Al Hakam in August 1990. A total of 340 liters of concentrated perfringens was produced.

    Weaponization of biological warfare agents began on a large scale in December 1990 at Muthanna. R400 bombs were selected as the appropriate munition for aerial delivery and 100 were filled with botulinum toxin,50 with anthrax,and 16 with aflatoxin. In addition,25 Al Hussein warheads were filled with botulinum toxin (13),anthrax (10),and aflatoxin (2). These weapons were then deployed at four locations in early January 1991 during the war.

    In summary,Iraq has declared the production of at least 19,000 liters of concentrated botulinum toxin,(nearly 10,000 liters were filled into munitions),8,500 liters of concentrated anthrax (some 6,500 liters were filled into munitions) and 2,200 liters of concentrated aflatoxin (1,580 liters were filled into munitions).

    In spite of the substantial new disclosures made by Iraq in August 1995,the Commission does not believe that Iraq has given a full and correct account of its biological weapons program.

    To summarize the book,it is an 844-page compilation of important documents,reports,or other information regarding the UN and its activities in Iraq since 1990,including summaries of reports from what was found by the UN inspectors making up UNIKOM and UNSCOM.

    It cost me about $54.00 when I ordered the book from the UN web site.

    • http://twitter.com/KayGester KayGee

      The question remains: Every resource you are using is based on information and analysis done during the early to mid nineties. Even the citations that you dutifully provided support that time frame. The Iraq War happened in 2003. Any information regarding WMDs in Iraq as they pertain to the situation during and after the Iraq War in 2003 and onward would be considered relevant proof.

      • http://twitter.com/PoliticsRealm Jonathan Biviano

        17 times the UN said “Saddam, document you have destroyed your WMDs”. 17 times Saddam gave them the finger. If he had destroyed them, and of course you would document that if you really wanted to prove you did, then why not provide that documentation? How many more resolutions would it take for you liberals? 17 more? 10 more? When you tell your kid to stop pointing a large rubberband at your eye, how many times do you tell him to stop before you grab his hands and take the rubberband away? Or do you wait for him to actually use it?
        And if you’re Saddam playing “string the spineless UN along”, what do you do when a president that actually uses his balls for something other than Monica gets elected? You, as quietly as possible, send them someplace from where you can get them back, fearing forced inspections. What Saddam didn’t bargain for is that the inspection would be by the US Military, backed by dozens of other countries.

        And if the WaPo did hold back stories that questioned the legitimacy of the war, it was for no other purpose than to beat Bush around the head for going in at all. They didn’t want to stop him and help him save face, they wanted a “mistake” to castrate him for the remainder of his term.

  • Republicanvet

    I am so sick of liberals claiming there was no reason to take out Saddam. Here Howie, stuff it!

    Liberals to this day continue to show their partisan ignorance in denying Iraq had WMD’s.

    Liberals like to claim they are so much more educated than anyone else,yet they cannot manage to read a simple book,or perform a simple web search.

    I’m sure the same liberals will continue to claim those weapons were destroyed,while ignoring other parts of the UN reports of the tons of material the inspectors knew what in the country,but they could not find.

    The following information was reported to the UN by UNSCOM inspectors,and is listed in the UN?s own book on the subject titled,The United Nations and the Iraq-Kuwait Conflict 1990-1996.

    Note the dates included with the reports,and how long it took to force Saddam to admit what he stockpiled.

    Below is the link to where it is currently listed.

    Below that are some excerpts from the book.

    http://unbisnet.un.org:8080/ipac20/ipac.jsp? session=116909OJ4556F.190&profile=bib&uri=full=3100001~!380955~!6&ri=3&aspect=power&menu=search&source=~!horizon#focus

    The United Nations and the Iraq-Kuwait Conflict 1990-1996.

    I bought this book from the UN’s web site in 1997. It is still offered for sale there as a part of their “Blue Book series” although you would not recognize the incredible information contained in the book based on the description posted at their site.

    I believe most of the reports by the Executive Chairman of UNSCOM could be accessed at the UN web site separately.

    Some word-for-word excerpts from the UN book:

    18 April 1991 In Iraq’s first declaration regarding weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles,denies having weapons grade nuclear material,a biological weapons program or any super guns. It also declares holdings of ballistic missiles and chemical weapons.

    7-18 July 1991 The third IAEA inspection uncovers large stocks of natural uranium and 15 kilograms of highly enriched uranium,and reveals the existence of various uranium enrichment programs.

    2-8 August 1991 UNSCOM conducts its first biological inspection of Iraqi facilities and uncovers a major biological program. Seed stocks of three biological warfare agents are handed over to the team,and the team removes three further potential warfare strains.

    21 February-24 March 1992 The first chemical destruction team destroys 463 nerve agent filled rockets,i.e. approximately 2.5 tons of agent.

    1 July 1995 Iraq admits to having had a full-scale offensive biological weapons program.

    4 August 1995 Iraq gives UNSCOM a written account of their biological weapons program but denies efforts to weaponize agents.

    7 August 1995 Gen. Hussein Kamel Hassan,former director of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs defects from Iraq to Jordan.

    17 August 1995 Iraq admits it produced biological weapons,a crash program to produce nuclear weapons and made greater progress in producing VX nerve agent.

    20 August 1995 Iraq gives UNSCOM 680,000 pages of printed documents,computer disks,videotapes,microfilm and microfiche relating to its banned weapons programs.

    25 October 1991 Report by Executive Chairman of UNSCOM

    Iraq acknowledged possessing 46,000 filled chemical weapons stored at various sites throughout Iraq.

    Conclusive documentary evidence was found at two Iraqi facilities showing Iraq had a program for developing nuclear weapons.

    In the course of inspection of Tammuz (Al Taqqadum) Air Base,200 aerial bombs filled with mustard agent were counted and recorded.

    The team examined 30 chemical filled ballistic missile warheads declared by Iraq in the Dujayl area. 14 were binary type filled with isopropanol and cyclohexanol with only DF needing to be added to produce nerve agent prior to use. 56 plastic containers of DF were found. Iraq stated 16 warheads were filled with a mixture of GB and GF nerve agents.

    At Al Bakr Air Base,25 type 250 gauge aerial bombs and 135 type 500 aerial bombs filled with mustard agent were declared by Iraq.

    At Al Taji,6,000 empty aluminum containers intended for filling with nerve agent and inserted into 122-millimeter warheads were found.

    At Al Fallujah Proving Ground,Iraq declared the storage of 6,394 mustard-filled 155-millimeter artillery shells. Analysis confirmed the presence of mustard agent.

    Of the 14 warheads mentioned above as being filled with chemicals, just prior to their destruction,the senior Iraqi official present said 4 were filled with the nerve agent Sarin.

    Iraq has declared 6,120 sarin nerve agent filled 122-millimeter rocket warheads and their attendant motors.

    Iraq provided seed stocks of biological warfare agents to the team consisting of Clostridium botulinum,Clostridium perfringens and Bacillus anthracis. Iraq also possessed the following micro-organisms-Brucellus abortus,Brucella melitensis,Francisella tularensis and various strains of Clostridium botulinum.

    At one undisclosed site,30 SCUD warheads filled with chemicals were found.

    Second report of the Executive Chairman of UNSCOM 4 December 1991

    Iraq’s recent record in the nuclear area is consistent with,if less dramatic than,its actions over the last six months that included the concealment of evidence of plutonium separation,of uranium enrichment,and of nuclear weapons development,of refusal to permit inspection teams to enter some sites and exit others,and confiscation of documents from inspectors in the course of an inspection.

    At Al Tuz,Khamisiyah,and Muhammadiyat numbers of munitions were discovered,including but not limited to 122 mm rockets,which were considered to be in too unsafe a condition to move and for which a drilling and draining (of nerve agent) would be very hazardous.

    Report by the IAEA to the Security Council by Hans Blix

    These consisted of 68 fuel assemblies of 36% enrichment with a U-235 content of 1.27 Kilograms. In addition,there was a set of fresh fuel plates for the Tamus-2 reactor (French MTR type) with an enrichment of 93% and a total U-235 content of 372 grams.

    Since the declarations of 18 and 27 April,inspections have resulted in some 400 tons of additional material being declared by Iraq “natural uranium in many forms,ranging from yellowcake to processed chemicals” Much of the material had been concealed by dispersion or burial in desert areas.

    The major discovery has been that of the Electromagnetic Isotope Separation (EMIS) program and its extent. A major concealment effort was made by Iraq to hide the existence of its program from inspectors, equipment being dispersed and in many cases buried in remote areas.

    Third Report of the Executive Chairman of UNSCOM 16 June 1992

    A new development was the Iraqi admission of 19 March 1992 that it had omitted to declare 24,470 chemical munitions and these weapons had been unilaterally destroyed in direct contravention of resolution 687.

    Fourth Report of the Executive Chairman of UNSCOM 17 December 1992

    The agents which Iraq had available were mustard agent,the nerve agents GB and GF (and also about 70 tons of “spoiled” GA) and small research quantities of three other nerve agents. The total quantities involved are approximately 250-300 tons.

    Of the filled munitions,mortar bombs were filled with CS,the 155mm shells are filled with mustard and the 122mm rockets are filled with nerve agents,either GB or a GB/GF mix. The aerial bombs are filled with either mustard agent or nerve agents. Some of the SCUD chemical warheads are filled with GB,the others designed to use the binary process.

    The number and quantity of munitions and agent destroyed by the Special Commission as of 14 December 1992 were on the order of:

    5,000 sarin-filled 122mm rockets 44,500 liters of GB/GF 120 liters of GB 5,000 liters of D4 1,100 liters of dichlorethane 16.5 tons of thiodiglycol 5.5 tons of mustard agent

    Report of the Secretary-General 11 October 1995

    The Commission has concluded that VX was produced on an industrial scale.

    Significant in this context is Iraq’s admission in September 1995 of the production in 1990 of 65 tons of choline,a chemical used exclusively for production of VX. This amount would be sufficient for the production of approximately 90 tons of VX. Furthermore,Iraq had over 200 tons each of the precursors phosphorus pentasulphide anddi-ispropylamine. These quantities would be sufficient to produce 400 tons of VX. At present,there is no conclusive evidence to support Iraq’s claims concerning the complete disposal of these two precursors and the choline.

    Iraq has admitted the development of prototypes of binary sarin-filled artillery shells,122mm rockets and aerial bombs. However the new documentation shows production well beyond prototype levels. Iraq has also admitted three flight tests of long-range missiles with chemical warheads,including one,in April 1990,with sarin.

    The foot and mouth disease plant at Daura was converted to biological weapons production of botulinum toxin. The plant was used for production of botulinum toxin from November 1990 until 15 January 1991 by which time 5,400 liters of concentrated toxin had been produced. Production of perfringens for biological weapons began at Al Hakam in August 1990. A total of 340 liters of concentrated perfringens was produced.

    Weaponization of biological warfare agents began on a large scale in December 1990 at Muthanna. R400 bombs were selected as the appropriate munition for aerial delivery and 100 were filled with botulinum toxin,50 with anthrax,and 16 with aflatoxin. In addition,25 Al Hussein warheads were filled with botulinum toxin (13),anthrax (10),and aflatoxin (2). These weapons were then deployed at four locations in early January 1991 during the war.

    In summary,Iraq has declared the production of at least 19,000 liters of concentrated botulinum toxin,(nearly 10,000 liters were filled into munitions),8,500 liters of concentrated anthrax (some 6,500 liters were filled into munitions) and 2,200 liters of concentrated aflatoxin (1,580 liters were filled into munitions).

    In spite of the substantial new disclosures made by Iraq in August 1995,the Commission does not believe that Iraq has given a full and correct account of its biological weapons program.

    To summarize the book,it is an 844-page compilation of important documents,reports,or other information regarding the UN and its activities in Iraq since 1990,including summaries of reports from what was found by the UN inspectors making up UNIKOM and UNSCOM.

    It cost me about $54.00 when I ordered the book from the UN web site.

  • JCRocks

    Objective reporting daily by the AP and MSM regarding harmful impact of sequester cuts – really objective.

  • JCRocks

    Objective reporting daily by the AP and MSM regarding harmful impact of sequester cuts – really objective.

  • wyatt81

    Kurtz is a willing tool of the left and a bald faced liar.

    • Brad Bashem [email protected]

      Tool is the #word for Kurtz

  • E Quilibrate

    Howard Kurtz and “facts” may not be used in the same premise.

  • Frustrated Teacher

    This guy wouldn’t know a fact if it slapped him up side the head. He really needs to look back at why the Iraq situation developed. ALL of Congress was convinced by the same evidence that Bush was looking at. The question always has been, was the intel faulty or did the Iraqis purge their country of the evidence (send it away or destroy it) before the US got there…no whether there was enough intelligence evidence to support invading. Even John Kerry agreed there….

  • lainer51

    Howard Kurtz = Anthony Wiener w/o a camera phone.

  • origionalwinja

    this asstard seems to be living in a world where donkey dicks are in his ass on a regular basis. i wonder if someone slapped the mother fuck out of him would he come back to reality? not ONE media outlet assisted GW on ANYTHING. they trashed him from the start of his campaign to his last day in office, and were all cheerleaders for odipshit, who THEY elected via their crappy journalism. i officially advocate Howard Kurtz commit suicide to make the world a better place to live.

    • anjullyn

      ….APPLAUSE….

  • http://twitter.com/KayGester KayGee

    one simple question to Bush Apologists: where are the WMDs? Surely everyone remembers that the whole reason we went to Iraq was based on solid intel that Sadaam posed an imminent threat with his WMDs and an ability to deliver them? Troll me all you want, call me a stupid lib-tard, blah blah blah but seriously. since when does a war suddenly become about “freedom and democracy” after the Bush Admin realized that they can’t even find the big bad warheads that were cited as the reasons for the war in the first place…

    • Roto

      Start by Googling “Syria chemical weapons” or “General Georges Sada”….
      I would’ve said “Obama red line” but nobody knows WTF he’s talking about…

      • Republicanvet

        KG, like other libs are afraid of what they may find if they googled Sada. It would ruin their delusion and make them depressed…for about 10 minutes. Then they would continue whining about Bush.

        • KayGee

          Yes, I’m quite farmiliar, you’re talking about those stories from the one ex-general claiming that they airlifted a whole nation’s stockpile worth of WMDs from Iraq to Syria licketdy split in the face of a US invasion… and somehow it doesn’t get picked up by satellite or any other intel. Keep blowing smoke.

          http://www.usembassy.it/file2004_01/alia/A4012101.htm

          http://edition.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/meast/04/26/iraq.main/

          • Roto

            “The short answer to the question of where the WMD Saddam bought from the Russians went was that they went to Syria and Lebanon,” former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense John A. Shaw told an audience at a privately sponsored “Intelligence Summit” in Alexandria, Va. “The intelligence included multiple sightings of truck convoys, convoys going north to the Syrian border and returning empty.”

        • Roto

          ^^ Yea, with Moonbats on this story it’s always the same… articles 2 yrs out of date… Sada lied… the U.S. Deputy Undersecretary of Defense lied… the Israeli Prime Minister lied…. the Israeli Foreign Minister lied… he11, I guess even Obama lied now that they’re HIS problem….

  • MrCrashHappy

    Could Kurtz possibly be better at self-trivialization? What a tool.

  • Calcat36

    So all of the democrats that voted for war were fooled by the liberal media, and not the stupid W? What is the real message? Who fooled the incredibly intelligent liberal, anti-American democrat progressives? W or the liberal media?

  • Republicanvet

    KayGee, your responses are typical of the liberal left whose hatred of Bush blinds you to the facts.
    It was the left who wanted the inspections to continue until Clinton decided he didn’t want the distraction from Monica and he and Maddie Halfbright started sabotaging them by not supporting aggressive inspections. You ignore my excerpts showing evidence that Saddam had tons of material shipped in, but he could not account to the inspectors where it went. You ignore the 17 UN resolutions demanding he comply. You ignore the number of Democrats who voted for action to be taken. You ignore the satellite intel showing convoys of trucks heading into Syria while the left delayed action, with those trucks ending up in the Bekaa valley. You ignore all those facts while Barky Kardashian sends troops to Libya, runs guns to al Queda in Syria and supports the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt without regard for the mess he will leave others to clean up.
    If it weren’t for kool-aid slurping fools like yourself, the world would be better off since tyrannical dictators would have less support over here.

    • KayGee

      And you ignore the admission that their intel was flat-out WRONG. Mistakes were made. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/3540733/George-W-Bush-says-Iraq-intelligence-failure-is-his-biggest-regret.html

      You don’t even have to google it, I’m nice enough to provide a link to the CIA report detailing exactly WHY the analysis of intel coming from Iraq was able to mislead an entire country, and this report is from this past summer. Also, it’s damn frightening that you think the facts that I present have some sort of politically-motivated “leftie” or “liberal” bias simply because they do not confirm your version of the event. It’s not about “the typical liberal left whose hatred of Bush blinds”, it’s simply a matter of right and wrong in the face of overwhelming research and circumstance. If anything, the typical anti-liberal hatred we’re seeing here is blinding an entire swath of the population from absorbing any new information, and instead they’re believing an alternative right-wing media machine that assures them that they’re being lied to about pretty much everything. Again, this level of mass-deception is frightening. Please read and educate yourself about the aftermath of the utter failure of intelligence leading up to the 2003 Iraq War.

      http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/09/05/a_classified_CIA_mea_culpa_on_iraq%20

      With regards to Obama in Libya, and your statement that he sent “troops”: We provided air support. There were no American boots on the ground. It was an in-and-out support mission to take out specific targets during the Libyan civil war. Again, check your facts. as for the Muslim Brotherhood nonsense, please leave the McCarthyism in the 1950s. http://www.airforce-magazine.com/MagazineArchive/Pages/2011/July%202011/0711libya.aspx

  • Republicanvet

    Leftists like KayGee are excellent Monday-morning quarterbacks with 20-20 hindsight suggestive of a crystal ball…when it’s a Republican.
    That same intel convinced a lot if Democrats. Why ignore that?
    The best intel they had said he had “prohibited” items, including WMD’s. Looking at the same intel several years after the fact is interesting.
    It also ignores any attempt to restore credibility to the UN after the massive oil-for-food corruption.
    Did Clinton use faulty intel to keep the no-fly zones going for years?
    Speaking of intel and crystal balls, perhaps you can tell us what happened at Benghazi 6 months later. Or is your hindsight not 20-20 yet?
    Re-read your comment. Why did Urkel have us involved in a Libyan CIVIL war?
    You arrogantly suggest becoming educated. Educate yourself over who controls Egypt. Or is that mess easier to ignore by suggesting McCarthyism? ….who, by the way, was right.
    And lastly, it was Barky’s own administration who recently admitted they had a hard time knowing that bad guys were getting US support…and arms, in Syria.
    Will you wait to connect those dots until a Republican admin is in office?

  • Stan

    Our favorite newsman during the Iraq war was an Iraqi who, Kurtz must have taken lessons from, was ” Baghdad Bob”. “There are no American tanks anywhere near here” he said as they rolled in behind him.