Former CIA Directer Mike Morell, who was personally responsible for briefing President George W. Bush, was on Hardball with Chris Matthews and revealed what conspiracy theorists and the American people have been suspecting for a while now: Bush and Cheney did, in fact, lie to the public about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction.
Chris Matthews played a clip of Dick Cheney making the following statement:
“We know he [Saddam Hussein] has been absolutely devoted to trying to acquire nuclear weapons. And, we believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons.”
Matthews, then proceeded to question Director Morell regarding this:
Matthews: Was that true?
Morell: We were saying….
Matthews: Can you answer that question? Was that true?
Morell: That’s not true.
Matthews: Well, why’d you let them get away with it?
Morell: Look, my job Chris…
Matthews: You’re the briefer for the President on intelligence, you’re the top person to go in and tell him what’s going on. You see Cheney make this charge he’s got a nuclear bomb and then they make subsequent charges he knew how to deliver it… and nobody raised their hand and said, “No, that’s not what we told him.”
Morell: Chris, Chris, Chris, what’s my job, right? My job…
Matthews: To tell the truth.
Morell: My job — no, as the briefer? As the briefer?
Matthews: Okay, go ahead.
Morell: As the briefer, my job is to carry the CIA’s best information and best analysis to the President of the United States and make sure he understands it. My job is not to watch what they’re saying on TV.
Basically — at this point Matthews is doing what he does best and keeps drilling for more truthful answers. Miraculously, he was able to get him to admit, for once and for all, that the entire war was a lie, officially and on the record.
For the longest time, Bush and Cheney have hid behind the excuse that “we were just doing what our intelligence was telling us,” when in fact, the intelligence wasn’t telling them that at all. They spun the truth to sell a war to the American people on false pretenses, and this interview with George Bush’s former top intelligence briefer proves that.
Watch the entire interview with former CIA director Mike Morell, here:
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