Robert Novak, who has been known not to lie on occasion, delivers a revelation about Hillary Clinton so amazing it could only be printed in parentheses:

(In private conversations, Clinton has expressed the view that Obama’s emphasis on Iraq — her Senate vote for it, his against it — defeated her.)

Leapin’ lizards! guess that’s why they call him a news columnist, eh?

Richard Clarke suggests some form of shunning is in order for the intellect-shills, corporate grifters and partisan creeps who greased the skids for the Iraq war:

Well, there may be some other kind of remedy. There may be some sort of truth and reconciliation commission process that’s been tried in other countries, South Africa, Salvador and what not, where if you come forward and admit that you were in error or admit that you lied, admit that you did something, then you’re forgiven. Otherwise, you are censured in some way.

Now, I just don’t think we can let these people back into polite society and give them jobs on university boards and corporate boards and just let them pretend that nothing ever happened when there are 4,000 Americans dead and 25,000 Americans grievously wounded, and they’ll carry those wounds and suffer all the rest of their lives.

Unfortunately, as Think Progress points out, the wingnut welfare machine has already been quite generous with the likes of Donald Rumsfeld, Richard Perle and Douglas Feith, who at the very least deserve to be pelted with rotten fruit every time they step into public.

Clarke suggests something like the Truth and Reconciliation Commission seen in South Africa, in which participants in the apartheid regime were offered amnesty for their crimes in exchange for their coming clean. The problem with the comparison is that the South African leadership had agreed to dismantle the mechanisms of apartheid and opened the way for honest exploration of the regime’s horrors.

We have no such commitment here. We have an entire political movement committed to perpetuating the lie that what is going on in Iraq right now is some kind of replay of World War II, and that the information coming out about this catastrophe is just a lot of liberal media propaganda written by reporters too scared to leave their hotel rooms. We have an entire cable news channel dedicated to disseminating this crap on a daily and hourly basis. A substantial number of America’s political and media professionals have a vested interest in preventing any kind of sustained inquiry into how this country was lied into a contemptible war. I’m counting the minutes until some FoxNews gasbag starts comparing Clarke’s suggestion to the show trials under Stalin. Check your watches, people, it won’t be too long.

So Clarke’s idea, while attractive, seems unlikely to be realized. All we can do for now is remember, and challenge the lies whenever and wherever they surface.

Worst of all, even if there is some kind of initiative, and even if this weasel pack is exposed to some kind of censure and condemnation, the perpetrators will never have to pay any price remotely as terrible as the one paid by their thousands of victims in Iraq.