Perhaps I can help

Newly re-elected Rep. Joe Heck wasted little time before getting into a wee bit of trouble on Soledad O’Brien‘s CNN show. In an interview about the conflicting stories surrounding the Benghazi attack, Heck was trying to deflect an O’Brien question about whether both U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and former National Security Adviser/Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had been fed bad intelligence, which they then repeated to the public.

Here’s the video in question. Check it out:

Now, it’s a fair question, and a fair theory: We know that Condoleezza Rice was the first to use the ominous language about the proof of Saddam Hussein’s alleged WMD program being a “mushroom cloud,” incendiary talk later repeated by George W. Bush. And we also know that Hussein had no such program.

And we know — or at the very least have strong evidence to suggest — that Bush knew the entire WMD story was false when he repeatedly uttered it, and thus took us into war in Iraq based on lies.

There are many on the right who claim that President Barack Obama, his CIA and key members of his administration also knew that their original story — that the attack on the Benghazi consulate was a protest over an anti-Muslim video and not a planned terrorist assault — was false from the start. Heck may himself believe this, although that has yet to be established.

But Heck couldn’t answer O’Brien’s question with a simple yes, because that would lead to all sorts of other uncomfortable questions, such as why didn’t Republicans (Heck wasn’t in Congress at the time) object when Bush’s team was found to have been wrong — or even lying — about Hussein’s WMD? Why are they outraged by the deaths of four Americans in the Benghazi attack, yet not outraged by the deaths of more than 4,400 American soldiers in Iraq, occasioned by bad intelligence (at best) or knowing prevarications (at worst)?

So, Heck did his best to distinguish between the two situations, saying that, in essence, Condoleezza Rice stuck by her (wrong) statements and blamed bad intelligence, while Susan Rice may have been a scapegoat because of bad intelligence.

Wait, now I’m confused, too…




13 Responses to “Perhaps I can help”

  1. Steve says:

    Iraq was a bipartisan fumble on WMD. Or are you using selective memory on that?

  2. ED says:

    A complete bunch of double talk. Soledad not only made Heck look like a fool, her hair is just marvaless, Heck should go to a stylist and do something about that gray dishrag on his head. Heck has bad hair and worse logic. He should stay off the tube.

    A quite number of Democrats voted against Iraq War such as Sen Byrd D of WV. McCain said the anthrax attack was from Iraq and it was the “Ames strain” and not subject to advanced weaponization.

    Look at Metro with their lunacy over the Darling Manor crash. Who told the Sheriff the lights and siren were on? Who was the other cop in the other car? Why did it take 2 weeks till after the funeral that went down the strip for the true information to be released? Looks like there is a double standard for misinformation.

    (Remember the incident in Henderson with the 2 guy and the Anthrax on the Lou Epton show on KXNT??)

  3. Jerry Sturdivant says:

    Iraq was NOT a bipartisan fumble on WMD. Dick Cheney intentionally misleads congress about the WMD in order to get a war vote from the Democrats. Bush allowed Cheney to create and install an Office of Special Plans in the Pentagon to circumvent established intelligence agencies. Cheney filtered and changed intelligence before forwarding it to the CIA. Then Cheney removed the security clearances of 527 members of Congress, virtually ensuring that Congress could not see the same classified intelligence his White House was privy to. Cheney manufactured and lied about evidence. Then he tells Congress, “Trust me; they can attack us in 15-minutes with WMD.” How did you expect Congress to vote?

  4. Steve says:

    Bill Clinton on Video. Feb 17 1998

  5. Steve says:

    Be real Jerry,
    Iraq belonged to Carter then Reagan then Bush then Clinton then Bush II then Obama. Clearly a bipartisan issue though it was Clinton who first referred to WMD’s as that video clearly shows. When Bush II went back into Iraq, Clinton supported the move publicly. (I was opposed to it but I am just a voter, no reason to listen to me)

    Benghazi remains the Obama administrations’ very own exclusive, growing scandal.

    This is the thing Joe Heck did not clearly relate while on live TV.

    Would you have been able handle it better Steve?

  6. Steve says:

    Almost forgot. Welcome back from vacation Steve. You didn’t provide any pictures of alcoholic beverages may I suggest;

  7. Jerry Sturdivant says:

    Yes a WMD “program.” Not a weapon of mass destruction; a program. Iran has a WMD “program.” But Iraq did NOT have WMD and could NOT deliver – what they didn’t have – in “15-minutes.” Bush and Cheney lied.

  8. Steve says:

    Clinton was the first. And he supported the invasion. Bipartisan lies.

  9. Jerry Sturdivant says:

    Nearly everybody supported the invasion, including me, because we were lied to. Take responsibility. Don’t try blaming those that were lied to for doing what they believe was right, given the bad information.

  10. Steve says:

    I never supported the invasion of Iraq. I blame all sides for it, they all lied. They all wanted to go into Iraq and I always said Afghanistan was where we should have concentrated our efforts. I never wavered on that position.

  11. Jerry Sturdivant says:

    You didn’t support the invasion of Iraq? You were told, by your president, that Iraq had WMD, and could attack our country in 15-minutes, and this was ‘slam-dunk;” “no question;” information, that you were either “with us or against us;” and you didn’t support invading to stop it?

  12. Steve says:

    My words are clear, Jerry.

  13. ED says:

    Heck look anorexic, I hope he eats turkey today to fill him out. Someone should send him some Grecian formula hair dye.

    Reagan caused Afghanistan by backing Bin Laden against the Soviets.

    The USA cause Saddam by supporting the Bath Party over the communists.

    The USA cause Iran by deposing Mohammad Mosaddegh and putting in the Shah.