The Morning Joe team flashed back to around 2005 this morning, as co-host Joe Scarborough and regular guest Lawrence O’Donnell went at it over weapons of mass destruction, the lead up to the war in Iraq and the Bush administration.
All this came about after some more harsh comments aimed at Pres. Barack Obama by former VP Dick Cheney last night.
The part of Cheney’s speech that will get the most attention are two specific words, which we’ll bold: “The White House must stop dithering while America’s armed forces are in danger…It’s time for President Obama to do what it takes to win a war he has repeatedly and rightly called a war of necessity,” and “President Obama now seems afraid to make a decision, and unable to provide his commander on the ground with the troops he needs to complete his mission.”
With that as the context, Scarborough (from San Diego) and O’Donnell (in New York) joined four others for a discussion – that turned into a one-on-one argument between the two. “Let us not let facts get in the way,” said Scarborough after O’Donnell brought up Cheney’s “dithering” in the lead-up to the Iraq War.
Then this exchange:
Scarborough: I know that you’re a little crazy, and I know you’ve got a back-pile of appliances that you’re trying to sell in the five boroughs, but let me tell you buddy, that when you’ve got the CIA Director…in the Oval Office standing up saying ‘Mr. President, it’s a slam dunk, he’s got weapons of mass destruction.’ I hate re-debating this, but we just can’t let false information go out over this show just because you hate Dick Cheney.
O’Donnell: Tell me one thing that I said that was false, tell me one thing.
Scarborough: Everything you say is false, Lawrence, all the time.
This quote from O’Donnell later touched a nerve as well: “We have a Vice President who was a proven liar when it came to the single most important decision that administration made.”
Do you want to rehash the whole weapons of mass destruction debate? Here’s the full segment – enjoy the play-out music that starts about three minutes before the end, which of course was ignored:
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