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Michael Moore, who was one of the few public figures willing to take the heat for protesting the Iraq invasion, is doing his best to help people remember exactly why. Calling Donald Rumsfeld a war criminal (as he certainly was) is guaranteed to make at least some people pay attention:
Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore bitterly complained Tuesday night that no major Bush administration figure faced serious consequences for the invasion of Iraq.
On the tenth anniversary of the war, Moore told CNN’s Piers Morgan that former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was a “war criminal as far as I’m concerned.”
Moore has long maintained the Bush administration manipulated intelligence reports to make a case for war. The Bush administration claimed Iraq was producing weapons of mass destruction and seeking to create a nuclear bomb, but following the invasion of the country no evidence of the weapons were found.
“I don’t understand why he, Bush, Cheney, Wolfowitz are still walking the streets,” Moore continued. “The whole way they are trying to revise history now is by saying, ‘Well, it was a mistake,’ or, ‘We were given bad information.’”
He doubted police would show him any leniency if he provided them with false information against one of his political targets, such as Goldman Sachs. “I think I would be arrested,” Moore remarked.
He warned the lack of repercussions against top Bush administration officials set a bad precedent for future presidents.
“The fact that no one has paid for this criminal act — why would an American, such as George W. Bush, send thousands of Americans off to their deaths? For what reason? And why doesn’t he have to answer for that?”