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Thomas 'Suck On This' Friedman And Iraq

YOU suck on it, Tom. We will never let you forget.
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In honor of the politicians and pundits who shilled for the Iraq War which then started on March, 20th, 2003, I give you this.

Atrios: They Sucked On It

I think it [the invasion of Iraq] was unquestionably worth doing, Charlie.

We needed to go over there, basically, um, and um, uh, take out a very big stick right in the heart of that world and burst that bubble, and there was only one way to do it.
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What they needed to see was American boys and girls going house to house, from Basra to Baghdad, um and basically saying, "Which part of this sentence don't you understand?"

You don't think, you know, we care about our open society, you think this bubble fantasy, we're just gonna to let it grow?

Well, Suck. On. This.

Okay.

That, Charlie, was what this war was about. We could've hit Saudi Arabia, it was part of that bubble. We coulda hit Pakistan. We hit Iraq because we could.

America's premier foreign policy columnist, everybody!

This was the thinking of almost all press outlets at that time. We hit Iraq because we could. That's the truth of it and now the same supposed experts are still on my TV blathering on about foreign policy issues between Russia and the Ukraine. Nothing changes in the beltway media, ever.

Phil Donohue was fired because he opposed the war by MSNBC.

In 2003, the legendary television host Phil Donahue was fired from his prime-time MSNBC talk show during the run-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq. The problem was not Donahue’s ratings, but rather his views: An internal MSNBC memo warned Donahue was a "difficult public face for NBC in a time of war," providing "a home for the liberal antiwar agenda at the same time that our competitors are waving the flag at every opportunity."

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