On Wednesday night, Rachel Maddow hammered the former Bush administration officials who have sounded off on Syria in recent days.
The MSNBC host said that she was "heartened" by the public debate about whether the U.S. should intervene in Syria, but noted that Iraq provided strong reason to not trust the White House's call for military action. "The Bush White House made a case for war that was not true... they lied our country into war," she said.
She said that was exactly why Obama is having a hard time making his case on Syria: "because of the way the other guys broke that argument by misusing it, by lying when they made it."
Maddow turned her attention to cable news, where she said that Donald Rumsfeld and other former Bush administration officials were staging a "real time reunion" to weigh in on Syria. After saying that FEMA chief Michael Brown is not asked to comment on hurricanes and Lance Armstrong is not asked to comment on steroid use, Maddow continued:
“If you’re an architect or a conspirator or one of the primary actors in the Iraq War–in arguably the grandest and most craven foreign policy disaster in American history, your opinion is no longer required on matters of war and peace. Please enjoy painting portraits of dogs or something. Painting portraits of yourself in the bathroom, trying to get clean. Please enjoy the loving comfort of your family and loved ones, and your god. But we as a country never ever need to hear from you about war, ever again. You can go now.”