Evan Thomas: Iraq War Was to "Teach the Arabs a Lesson"

On last night's Hardball, Newsweek's Evan Thomas stated that he believed the primary reason for the war in Iraq was to "teach Arabs a lesson" after 9/11. Again, what liberal media? Thomas was on with Christopher Hitchens but because it was the end of the segment, Hitchens didn't have time to respond to this ridiculous comment--although, at the end of the clip, you can hear Hitchens mentioning the 1998 Iraq Liberation Act (you know, the one that made regime change official U.S. policy).

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THOMAS: I have never thought the WMD was the reason we went to war. They went to war for other reasons. It was an excuse to go to war. It was a convenient excuse. They sort of believed it, but it really wasn’t the reason that they did it.

MATTHEWS: Have you ever figured out what it was? Was it regime change?


THOMAS: After 9/11 they felt they had to teach the Arabs a lesson. It was a demonstration of American force. We wanted to show the world, particularly the Arabs, how tough we were. I think that’s why we went to war.

MATTHEWS: It had to be a big bang in response for 9/11.

THOMAS: And Afghanistan was not a big enough bang.

MATTHEWS: Thank you very much Evan Thomas. Thank you Christopher Hitchens.

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