Former U.S. Ambassador Joe Wilson dropped an F-bomb when asked on MSNBC today if he thinks that the advisers President Trump is appointing are going to change his mind from the campaign when Trump said the war in Iraq had been a bad thing.
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“I don’t think he actually has a mind,” replied Wilson. “I think he’s basically very venal.”
“He is looking to get himself through the next day and put as many f*cking dollars — as many dollars — into his bank account as he possibly can,” added Wilson. “I think this man is a danger to the United States of America.”
Wilson was being interviewed on the phone by MSNBC anchor Katy Tur, who had called him for reaction to President Trump’s pardoning today of Lewis “Scooter” Libby, who was convicted of four counts related to leaking the highly classified name of CIA covert operative Valerie Plame, who is Wilson’s wife.
In which ambassador Joe Wilson says the F word on live TV pic.twitter.com/YsFjDDGFyb
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The leak was intended as a way to get back at Wilson who, after retiring as an Ambassador, had become critical of then-President George W. Bush’s war in Iraq.
In an op-ed in The New York Times shortly before the leak Wilson, who had been sent to Niger to investigate, repudiated the Bush administration’s claim that Iraq sought uranium in Africa to build bombs, which had been a major justification for the invasion of Iraq.
Scooter Libby (and Karl Rove) outing a CIA agent and compromising others because President Bush (and Dick Cheney) used LIES to go to war in Iraq and the agent's husband said it was BS gets rewarded by being pardoned.
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That leak put Plame’s life in danger and caused major problems for Wilson as well.
Wilson at the end of his call with Tur apologized for using the profanity, but said: “these are serious times.”
The use of that profanity has been scrubbed from the video now available on the MSNBC website but is still available on Twitter. Wilson had a lot more to say and that is all still there.
Surprisingly, Wilson brushed off the notion that Libby was the real bad guy in the whole affair that resulted in his conviction on four counts in 2006.
“He was just a bagman for the conspiracy,” said Wilson. “He took the fall for Cheney and others in his administration so he doesn’t really matter.”
Wilson did think it was important to note that for years Libby has denied his guilt, especially after former New York Times reporter Judith Miller appeared to have recanted her testimony that it was Libby who leaked Plame’s name.
“Now he’s accepted the pardon,” said Wilson, “which means despite what people may say about Judy Miller’s recantation, he accepts he is guilty of the crime for which he was accused.”
“The problem is the pardon is not just a pardon,” added Wilson. “It’s a pardon of the entire conservative movement which drove this country to a false war in 2003 and which still has ambition to drive this country to war in Iran.”
Tur asked if Wilson was referring to the appointment of John Bolton as National Security Advisor and the former Ambassador said yes, but he is only part of a larger problem.
“Pardoning Libby is Trump’s way of saying you can get away with anything. You want to betray your country? That’s fine because Trump will pardon you if it suits his venal political interests,” said Wilson.
Wilson made it clear how deeply unhappy he is about everything Trump is doing.
“He is a vile and despicable individual who is undermining the democracy of our country and whose administration is a rank repudiation of everything my generation since the end of World War II has tried to put in place to ensure global stability.”
“He is a menace to society and by bringing the neo-conservatives back into his administration, he is an appeaser to those interests that he opposed when he ran for president and he’s also essentially developing a coalition of extremists.”
Wilson’s words are not to be taken lightly. He had a distinguished career as an American diplomat from 1976 until 1998 and was credited with saving hundreds of lives in Iraq by sheltering Americans in the embassy despite threats from then-Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
He appeared at a 1990 press conference in the Bagdad U.S. embassy wearing a noose around his neck and used an expletive at that time as well to declare, “If the choice is to allow Americans to be taken hostage or to be executed, I will bring my own fucking rope.”
President George W. Bush at the time called Wilson, “a true American hero.”
Even with some expletives, what Wilson has to say must be taken very seriously. He is warning that the same group of twisted neo-conservatives who got the U.S. into a war in Iraq by lying about weapons of mass destruction and more is now being reassembled under Trump, and this time the target is a war with Iran.
Once again, no doubt, there will be trumped-up charges, and American lives will be lost along with untold billions of dollars unless they can be stopped now before it is too late.
So what Special Counsel Mueller is doing is not just about stopping Russian collusion but he may also be about stopping America’s next unnecessary, bloody, expensive war.
So let Wilson swear. He is doing it as a warning to us all.