Renown and controversial journalist Carl Bernstein told MSNBC's Joe Scarborough Friday that the "insane" Iraq War was brought to bear by Bush, Cheney and "the Jewish neo-cons who wanted to remake the world."
Bernstein then justified his barb about Jews by saying that since he himself is Jewish, "maybe I can say that."
For his part, the "Morning Joe" host noted that some might accuse Bernstein of suffering from "Bush Derangement Syndrome."
"This was an insane war that brought us low economically, morally," Bernstein began.
"We went to war against a guy who had absolutely nothing to do with 9/11. It was a total pretext! It's inexplicable and there you go to Cheney, there you go to Bush, there you go to the Jewish neo-cons who wanted to remake the world. Maybe I can say that because I'm Jewish. To bring about a certain result..."
Responding to what many would consider a remark offensive to Jews, Scarborough chimed in, even saying that Bernstein can stand accused of exhibiting symptoms of "Bush Derangement Syndrome."
"It would be much worse if a Southern Baptist said that," the "Morning Joe" host began.
"But I think actually some would accuse of you of Bush Derrangement Syndrome there, that there was this grand conspiracy of the neo-cons and you said Jewish neo-cons, that they somehow went to war on a pretext for the Sate of Israel."
Bernstein resisted Scarborough's assertion, but the MSNBC host continued to lambaste the author most notable for having provided the crux of the Watergate scandal coverage alongside fellow controversial jorunalist Bob Woodward.
Scarborough continued with his argument:
"Let me state again. When you were the president of the United States. When you were the commander-in-chief of the United States and the United States of America has been hit by terror attacks, a year earlier, and the CIA Director comes into your White House, whose job, responsibility is to track intel every single day and says to you, Mr. President, it's a slam dunk, Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction. You can criticize George W. Bush for a lot of things. You can criticize him for not talking to Colin Powell who is the general that ran the war in the same country a decade earlier. You can say that he should have waited longer, that he should have waited and hoped that sanctions would work. But what you cannot say, Carl, is that this was an insane decision totally detached from reality because if you're the resident of the United States. Let's just play this out. If you're the president of the United States and you've got the CIA Director and just about every other intel agency on the globe saying Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction, and you feel you have to move against him. If you don't do that, if you don't do that, and then America is hit, what are people like Carl Bernstein saying a decade later?"
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