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They were wrong then and they’re wrong now

Neoconservatives who were in charge of setting and selling national policy during the Bush years have been coming out of the woodwork this week to insist that America’s withdrawal from Iraq was a mistake, and that President Obama is to blame for the insurgency led by ISIS against the government of Maliki.

They do not deserve any ink, airtime, or pixels. They were wrong back when the administration was plotting to go into Iraq, and they’re wrong now. And they need to be held accountable. Thankfully, Media Matters is holding Ari Fleischer’s feet to the fire, while MSNBC’s Chris Hayes has done the same for John McCain.

Meanwhile, Amy Goodman had an excellent discussion on her show this week about how American-made and supplied weapons ended up in the hands of ISIS.