Where’s the GOP outrage over 9/11 and the Iraq war intelligence failures? (video)

Jon Stewart does a masterful job showing how Lindsey Graham and Fox News didn’t give a lick of “outrage” over the Bush administration intelligence failures that led to 9/11 and to the disastrous war in Iraq.

Yet now, suddenly, the Republicans are “outraged” over the intelligence failures that led to Benghazi.

LINDSEY GRAHAM: Where’s the outrage there?

JON STEWART: Okay, I think I see the problem. You think people’s failure to match your level of outrage is based on ignorance. That after 100 network news stories, 100s of cable news stories about Benghazi, 13 congressional hearings, 50 further congressional briefings, and 25,000 pages of official findings concerning what happened in Benghazi, that if we all only knew about it, we would care. You know, there are very few things we’ve heard more about in the past year and a half.

Stewart continues, with this graphic:

jon-stewart-bin-laden-memoJON STEWART: I think I see the problem. Here’s your problem. You’re asking people to get outraged about an intelligence failure that tragically led to some Americans losing their lives. One intelligence failure. (He then shows a copy of the famous “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in US” memo.) Imagine if there’d been a second intelligence failure right after that one, that tragically led to even more Americans losing their lives. (He then shows a picture of Colin Powell lying to the UN about Iraq.) But you’re not concerned about that.


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  • Connie

    The present outrage against Hillary is a ploy to try to being her down. The GOP have memory loss when it is Bush.

  • emjayay

    The reason Americans appear to have only a very short term memory is because they had little interest in or knowledge of any political event in the first place, and not much in the way of critical thinking skills to process anything they happened to come across.

  • cole3244

    the outrage is hidden in the same place as the outrage about the deficit when a republican is in charge and a war is being run off budget.

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  • ckg1

    That would require that the Democrats in the Senate have balls.

    Which are in short supply.

  • dommyluc

    Every Democrat in the Senate should be standing up and pointing out Senator Graham’s collusion with Lara Logan on the phony “60 Minutes” Benghazi story. Graham is a vile piece of shit.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Lindsey Graham is a sad, sad individual.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    They’re hoping for a Watergate, but will settle for Whitewater/Monica. The GOPers also count on the ridiculously short-term memory of most of the American citizens, especially those who don’t even want to remember that we were lied into war, lied to regularly about threat levels, lied to about torture, and lied to about the actual intentions of Bush, Cheney and their cabal of war criminals.

    To borrow a phrase from another war, they’re happy to burn down America so that they, and only they, can save it. Except all they’ll save is a heap of rubble.

  • Indigo

    Without hypocritical posturing, the Republicans wouldn’t have an ethics to work with.

  • PeteWa

    that’s cool, except it wasn’t a memo – it was the Downing Street Minutes.

  • Buford

    Three words for the hypocritical GOPers – ‘Downing Street Memo’.

  • MyrddinWilt

    Its cargo-cult politics. Ever since Clinton was elected, Republicans have been trying to cast the runes for a Watergate impeachment crisis. They just don’t understand that what Nixon did was criminal and far beyond the bounds of anything they have against Democrats.

    Putin has fallen into much the same trap in Ukraine. They have convinced themselves that the CIA engineered the coup in Libya and that the local people being utterly fed up of the tyrant had nothing to do with it. The think the collapse of the Warsaw pact was all about Western subversion, not the fact that the communist system was a failure.

    Yes, we did help push. But it only worked because we were pushing the rock where it already wanted to go. The popular revolutions of ’89 and the Arab Spring were not top down coups of the sort that the CIA performed.

    So now Putin is trying to annex East Ukraine by following the steps they imagine that the CIA performed in Libya. And it is failing because the don’t understand the drivers.

    Even stupider, Russia does not seem to understand that the US does not want the collapse of the Russian empire. If Russia collapses then the justification for US spending a trillion dollars a year to maintain its superpower status goes as well. Back in ’89 Thatcher was begging Gorbachev to send in the tanks and stop the demonstrations.

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