It’s not often that respected diplomats or policy experts will appear on live television news channels and let their emotions get the better of them. Generally speaking, the guests that appear and interviews that are conducted are of a professional demeanor and utilize political jargon to take jabs at their opponents. However, the age of Trump has shown an entirely new, perhaps more explicitly-direct, side of these officials and analysts, as they desperately attempt to raise awareness to the detrimental and destructive policies promoted by the current administration.
The latest example of an individual who ditched diplomatic correctness for a more direct and impassioned approach is former US Ambassador Joe Wilson, who appeared live on MSNBC on Friday, and did everything but hold back when asked about the president and the newly hired advisers he has surrounded himself with.
— Four Legsgood (@4lgsgood) April 13, 2018
Wilson appeared via phone call in an interview to MSNBC anchor Katy Tur regarding President Trump’s pardoning of Lewis “Scooter” Libby, who had been convicted on four counts related to the leaking of a highly classified name of the CIA covert operative Valerie Plame, who also happened to be Wilson’s wife. It was during this interview that Wilson made his sentiment very clearly known not only to audiences who were watching the show, but also to the broader public, as his interview quickly went viral across social media.
According to a report from TheWrap, in an answer to one of Tur’s questions regarding the president, Wilson exclaimed:
‘I don’t think he actually has a mind. I think he basically is very venal, is looking to get himself through to the next day and put as many f-ing dollars into his bank account as he possibly can… I apologize for the profanity, but these are serious times.’
The line of questioning by Tur evidently struck a deep chord within Wilson, considering the fact that Libby’s leak of Valerie Plame’s name was intended as a direct attempt to attack Wilson, after he became critical of the Iraq war following his ambassadorship under former President George W. Bush.
"It's not just the pardon of Scooter Libby the individual, it's a pardon of the entire neo-conservative subversive movement that drove this country to a false war in 2003."
– Fmr. Amb. Joe Wilson on Trump's pardon of Libby pic.twitter.com/7JuEi4iftL
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) April 13, 2018
Just prior to the leak, Wilson had written an op-ed piece in the New York Times, after being sent to Niger to investigate whether the Bush administration’s claims that Iraq was seeking African uranium to build bombs, had any inherent validity. In his piece, Wilson states that the excuse was a fabrication, as he repudiated the administration’s prominent claim that ultimately became a determining factor in moving forward with the Iraq invasion.
"I'm not surprised because they never quit."
– Ambassador Joe Wilson on Trump pardoning Cheney stooge Scooter Libby who outed Wilson's wife as a CIA Agent (putting her life in danger) as vengeance for Wilson debunking the Bush Administration's false runup to the Iraq war. #MSNBC
— Karen DaltonBeninato (@kbeninato) April 13, 2018
Wilson’s anger towards Trump and Libby is not a result of the pardon, nor the danger his wife was put in because of the leak, but more so the fact that the pardon represents a disregard of falsified information used to drive the United States into a lengthy, costly, and unnecessary war.
The expletives used by Wilson should not discount the very real fact that his statements bear a serious and foreboding legitimacy. As the Trump administration begins to depict a more extremist neo-conservative version of the former Bush presidency, and considering the recent addition of John Bolton to a top-tier position, history may ominously repeat itself in the form of another war, this time with the likely target being that of Iran.
Listening to fmr. ambassador Joe Wilson on @KatyTurNBC. Wow. Very scary. Very sobering. We are on the precipice of losing everything brilliant and beautiful about our democracy to ‘venal’ individuals who are driven solely by greed.
— Ken Olin (@kenolin1) April 13, 2018
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