"It is tempting to imagine that all of the challenges we have experienced lately are the product of one man’s dangerous contempt for anything but his own self-interests.

The canary in the coal mine involved the death of four Americans, and the manipulation of that
terrible tragedy in an unprecedented abuse of legislative power that came to be known simply as “Benghazi.”

"When an administration skews its intelligence to serve a desired policy—instead of using sound intelligence to inform policy—we get disasters like the Iraq War."
“No, Kevin {McCarthy}. I don’t. You just make shit up, and that’s how you operate?”

He just shrugged. That was simply how he operated, and how he still operates today. He was comfortable trafficking in his own “alternative facts” even before the advent of Trumpism.

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