Bob Somerby at the invaluable Daily Howler on the Gore-ing of Clark:
No, Wesley Clark didn’t say that the White House pressured him on Iraq (text below). And when people began to think that he’d said it, he explained what he actually meant. And yes, there really is a Middle East think tank with an office in Canada (Montreal). And as of last Thursday, we knew who called Clark on September 11 (or 12), 2001. The Toronto Star explained the matter. “Thomas Hecht, founder of the Begin-Sadat Centre for Strategic Studies, told the Star he placed the call to Clark and drew his attention to a potential link between Saddam and the Al Qaeda suicide hijackers,” the paper reported. “The Begin-Sadat Centre has its headquarters in Israel and its only office elsewhere is the one Hecht established in Montreal.”
All in all, a nothing-burger of a story. But lying liars are very busy trying to make Wesley Clark a liar, emulating the winning strategy they pursued in their trashing of Gore. How fake are our current conservative “pundits?”
It’s not surprising to see Rush Limbaugh hawking this bullshit, and I guess it’s not surprising from William Safire or George Will, either.
As Somerby notes, in the real world people get fired for fraudulent behavior like this.
(Oh, and what do you want to bet this is one Howler you won’t see Glenn Reynolds linking to?)