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Jon Stewart Talks to Rachel Maddow About 'Why We Did It', Her New Doc on the Iraq War: VIDEO


Rachel Maddow has a new MSNBC documentary arriving soon called Why We Did It which dives back into the reasons for the war in Iraq.

Stewart asks Maddow: "Why did you do this to yourself? Why did you delve back into the morass, the abyss that is the war with Iraq?"

Maddow says that 10 years on, there are now new people who are willing to talk:

"I think that there is a desire to hear the truth told. Honestly, there are two million Iraq war veterans in this country and there are four thousand families who lost somebody. And when you think about that, when you look at Wounded Warriors and the people that are carrying this for the rest of their lives...I think even the people who were part of it in some ways want to see those people hear the truth, and it has never been explained."


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  1. We shouldn't forget that Democrats were some of the loudest chickenhawks in Congress pushing for the war with Iraq. Hillary Clinton for example (taking her orders from AIPAC with a salute) comes immediately to mind. Only a few Democrats had the backbone to stand up to the media's relentless push for War. I'm thinking of the late Ted Kennedy and Robert Byrd.

    Posted by: Rupert | Mar 6, 2014 10:45:34 AM

  2. She's a national treasure.

    Posted by: Laurie | Mar 6, 2014 10:56:44 AM

  3. @Rupert: I certainly agree that some (most?) Democrats in office were complicit in the push for war in Iraq, and I especially agree that an unquestioning media had an important role. I particularly like Rachel Maddow's statement that the media is now at fault for going first and foremost to people like McCain in asking for their commentary on what is happening in the Ukraine.
    But the powers that be in the Bush Administration are the ones that have the most blood on their hands. If there were any justice in the world, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice and Powell would all rot in jail for the rest of their lives for the all the lives -- American and Iraqi -- lost, wounded or put in danger in the war they fought for and had others fought in.

    Posted by: MichaelJ | Mar 6, 2014 11:04:30 AM

  4. It's amazing how many people *STILL* insist that it was "WMDs and Al-qaeda"

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 6, 2014 2:58:48 PM

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