In my debate with Dick Armey on Hardball  last Thursday night, the former House majority leader and current MSNBC consultant was obsessed with presidential lies and impeachment--that is, President Bill Clinton's lies and impeachment. But, as I pointed out , Clinton may have lied in office but no one died--and Congress impeached him.
Meanwhile, Bush  and his Administration  have lied, many have died and the majority of Congress treats it as business-as-usual. I wonder if the families of the 212 soldiers killed thus far in Iraq are as offended by Armey's statements as I am. I know that scores of Nation readers and cable viewers are--many e-mailed me after watching the segment, expressing disgust with Armey's refusal to hold Bush accountable for deceiving the public.
...And Rumsfeld's Flailing
Meanwhile, on yesterday's Meet the Press , Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld  was lacking his usual macho bluster. As Tim Russert posed pointed questions  about intelligence lapses and the failure of postwar planning, Rumsfeld flailed about:
**Essentially agreeing with antiwar Senator Robert Byrd 's assessment of the situation in Iraq as "an open-ended shooting gallery..."
**Declaring that the United Nations---an organization he reviled in the runup to war-was important for Iraq's successful postwar reconstruction.
**And embodying what former highranking intelligence official Gregory Thielmann  describes as a "faith-based intelligence attitude." When Russert asked if US credibility would be undermined if no Iraqi WMDs were found, Rumsfeld sought refuge in a faith-based reply: "I believe we will find them." This hedge is a far cry from his assertion last March that, "We know where they are."