The Painfully Obvious: Now Part of the Public Record

Well, it’s hard to say whether or not these new hearings and reports are going to have any material affect on the situation in our War in Iraq now, but it is at least good to have these things become part of the public record:

Levin: Pentagon Iraq intelligence report ‘very damning’ –

WASHINGTON (AP) — A “very damning” report by the Defense Department’s inspector general depicts a Pentagon that purposely manipulated intelligence in an effort to link Saddam Hussein to al-Qaeda in the runup to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, says the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

“That was the argument that was used to make the sale to the American people about the need to go to war,” said Sen. Carl Levin, D-Michigan. He said the Pentagon’s work, “which was wrong, which was distorted, which was inappropriate … is something which is highly disturbing.”

Hey! No kiddin’?  Well, as much as all of this has been obvious for a long time, the question is more about what the talking heads on the Conservative side of the argument can say in defense.  Its about how the national conversation has already tipped, and just how much more damage this can do to the Republicans and Conservatives.  Most rational people found out long ago that the evidence on Iraq was a ball of shit, but in interviews on the news, Conservatives have always been able to say, “well, we simply don’t know that for sure.”  No longer.  It’s a part of the record for posterity, as if posterity really wants it.

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