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Ari Fleischer’s Iraq War tweet isn’t going over well

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Ari Fleischer, the former press secretary for President George W. Bush, marked the 16th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War on Tuesday by decrying the notion that the president “lied” as justification for the war.

Fleischer’s tweet thread was not met with open arms. As of Wednesday morning the original tweet, where he claims that it was a “myth” that “Bush lied. People died,” was ratioed. The tweet had more than 5,400 replies compared to just 1,500 retweets and 4,900 likes.

“The Iraq war began sixteen years ago tomorrow. There is a myth about the war that I have been meaning to set straight for years. After no WMDs were found, the left claimed ‘Bush lied. People died.’ This accusation itself is a lie. It’s time to put it to rest,” he wrote.

In the subsequent tweets, Fleischer pointed to a report issued in 2005 that said there was a “major intelligence failure” in the administration.

A quick reminder: The justification for the Iraq War was that its dictator, Saddam Hussein, had weapons of mass destruction. None were found and there were thousands of deaths as a result of the war.

As New York magazine noted in 2015, there was a second report that found “the Administration repeatedly presented intelligence as fact when in reality it was unsubstantiated, contradicted, or even non-existent.”

Fleisher’s thread was mocked by a number of people online.

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Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).