Karl Rove Tries to Rewrite Iraq War History
It must be hard to be Karl Rove. How can he live with himself with all the lies he tells? Rove, aka Bush’s Brain, was on the Charlie Rose shows where he stated that it was Congress who jumped into war too soon.
Here is what the Huffington Post wrote about the appearance:
According to Karl Rove (on Charlie Rose), the Bush Administration did not want Congress to vote on the Iraq War resolution in the fall of 2002, because they thought it should not be done within the context of an election. Rove, you see, did not think the war vote should be “political”.
Moreover, according to Rove, that “premature vote” led to many of the problems that cropped up in the Iraq War. Had Congress not pushed, he says, Bush could have spent more time assembling a coalition, and provided more time to the inspectors.
Maybe Rove has a selective memory. This was the first few paragraphs of a press release by the White House on September 24, 2002. The title of the release “President Urges Congress to Pass Iraq Resolution Promptly”:
Thanks for coming. We just had a very productive Cabinet meeting. We realize there’s little time left in — before the Senate and the House goes home, but we’re optimistic a lot can get done before now and then. Congress must act now to pass a resolution which will hold Saddam Hussein to account for a decade of defiance.
It’s time to get a homeland security bill done, one which will allow this President and this administration, and future Presidents — give us the tools necessary to protect the homeland. And we’re working as hard as we can with Phil Gramm and Zell Miller to get this bill moving. It’s a good bill. It’s a bill that both Republicans and Democrats can and should support.
My message, of course, is that, to the senators up here that are more interested in special interests, you better pay attention to the overall interests of protecting the American people.
It sure sounds that the Bush Administration wanted to hold off on the resolution to me. It gets better. Here is first part of the statement that President Bush gave when he signed the joint resolution:
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all. Please be seated. Good morning. Welcome to the White House. I want to thank the members of my Cabinet who have joined us. I want to thank the members of Congress who are here on the stage. I want to thank the members of Congress who are here in the audience. I’m honored to have you here. Accompanied by a bipartisan group of legislators, President George W. Bush signs H.J. Resolution 114 authorizing the use of force against Iraq in the East Room Wednesday, Oct. 16. “The resolution I’m about to sign symbolizes the united purpose of our nation, expresses the considered judgment of the Congress, and marks an important event in the life of America,” said President Bush. Standing next to the President are Secretary of State Colin Powell, center, and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, right. White House photo by Paul Morse.
The resolution I’m about to sign symbolizes the united purpose of our nation, expresses the considered judgment of the Congress, and marks an important event in the life of America. The 107th Congress is one of the few called by history to authorize military action to defend our country and the cause of peace.
It sure sounds like someone was twisting President Bush’s arm when he signed those papers.
Does Karl Rove have no shame? To lead us into a into a war and then to blame Congress when things don’t go the way they want. Does Rove not understand that there is a thing called the Internet that can expose the lies that he tells the American people?
If you can stomach watching Rove lie there are two videos below. The excerpt from Bush’s Brain in action and his entire interview. The short clip does not have the piece talked about in the story but you can see him dodge a question about the Valerie Plame deb