Shorter Question Everything
The Maddow special “Hubris” could have been done at any time and it would be valid, but I do like that it comes at a time when the right wing is carrying on cranky over the Hagel nomination, when McCain is making an ass of himself, supporting the most foolish elements of the Iraq war.
There may have been absolutely no connection intended but it just fit together nicely in my brain. McCain never met a war he didn’t want and a war he didn’t like, compared to Hagel (and Powell, of course) who would like to see the US think about things a bit more before it went down that path.
Lawrence Wilkerson is fast becoming a favorite person of mine, and that he’s a Republican doesn’t change that fact. The man just will not tolerate bullshit of any kind, and isn’t afraid to call out those in his own party who are behaving like assholes. Click through to the link and watch the whole thing.
• Hubris: Selling the Iraq War – An examination of the lies that got the US into the Iraq war, by Michael Isikoff and David Corn, hosted by Rachel Maddow
• “Good lord, John McCain has no idea what he’s talking about.” I hate to be a stickler for such things, but as a rule, when the ranking member on the Senate Armed Services Committee accuses the White House on national television of orchestrating a cover-up as part of a terrorist attack, it’s not too much to ask that the senator have some idea what he’s talking about. But in this case, McCain is simply lost in a fog of his own partisan rage. At this point, the man doesn’t understand what he doesn’t understand, and worse, he just doesn’t care. McCain no longer thinks it matters that he can’t back up his accusations; he simply wants to keep making them. And if you press him for details he should understand, the increasingly unhinged senator will suggest you’re indifferent to the deaths of Americans at terrorists’ hands. Why? Because he’s John McCain.
In other news
• Limits on the size of ammunition magazines and universal background checks passed the Colorado House on Monday, during a second day of emotional debates that has drawn attention from the White House as lawmakers try to address recent mass shootings.
• Anonymous dumps US State Dept database: Anonymous claims to have hacked the United States’ State Department website and captured a database, which has now been published on the Internet. The data dump by the hacktivists contains the names and email addresses of State Department consular and careers staffers and in some cases, their phone numbers and date of birth.
• President Hugo Chavez made a surprise return to Venezuela on Monday, 10 weeks after leaving for cancer surgery in Cuba, sparking celebration among his supporters.
• Welcome to the 19th century, Mississippi. As of this month, Mississippi has finally officially ratified the 13th amendment that banned slavery, but it took the research of a curious University of Mississippi Medical Center professor and his colleague to make it happen.