|Political Commentator Keith Olbermann|
Questions to Bush in BLUE
Olbermann comments in Black
Responses by Bush in RED
Mr. Keith Olbermann.....speaks..
Finally tonight as promised, a special comment, on two topics allot of us had foolishly thought and not have naively hoped we would not again would have to address, and a third topic nobody thought a president would ever seriously mention in public, unless perhaps he was just hit in the head with something, and was not in full possession of his faculties. How he expressed his empathy for the families of the dead in Iraq by giving up golf!! The president has resorted to the sleaziest fear mongering and mass manipulation of an administration of a public life dedicated to realizing the lowest of our expectations. And he has now applied these poisons to the 2008 presidential election, on behalf of the party at whose center where he and Mr. McCain work. Mr. Bush had predicted that the election of a Democratic president could "eventually lead to an another attack on the United States". This ludicrous, infuriating, holly-er than now, and most importantly boneheadedly wrong statement came yesterday during an interview with Politico.com and online users of Yahoo. The question was phrased as follows..
"If we were to pull out of Iraq next year, what's the worst that could happen, what's the doomsday scenario?" And the President replied, "Doomsday scenario of course is that extremists throughout the Middle East would be emboldened, which would eventually lead to another attack on the United States. The biggest issue we face is -- it's bigger than Iraq -- it's this ideological struggle against cold-blooded killers who will kill people to achieve their political objectives."
Mr. Bush, at long last has it not dawned on you that the America that you have now created includes cold blooded killers who will kill people to achieve their political objectives. There are those in or formally in your employ who yet may be charged some day with war crimes. Through your haze of self congratulation and self pity, do you still have no earthly clue that this nation has laid waste to Iraq to achieve YOUR political objectives. This ideological struggle you speak of Mr. Bush, is taking place within this country. It is a struggle for Americans that cherish freedom, ours and everybody elses, and Americans like you sir, to whom freedom is just a brand name, just like 'Patriot Act' is a brand name or 'Protect America' is a brand name.
Wait, there's more. you also said "Iraq is the place where al Qaeda and other extremists have made their stand -- and they will be defeated." They made no stand in Iraq sir, you allowed them to assemble there. As certainly if that were the plan, the borders were left wide open by your government's pharisaical post-invasion strategy of "They'll greet us as liberators", and as certainly if that were the plan, the inspiration for another generation of terrorists, in another country was provided by your government's pharisaical post-invasion strategy of letting the societal infrastructure of Iraq dissolve, to be replaced by an American vice-royalty. Enforced by merciless mercenaries who shoot unarmed Iraqis and evade prosecution in any country by hiding behind your skirts, sir...
Terrorism inside Iraq is your creation, Mr. Bush. It was a Yahoo user who brought up a second topic upon whose introduction Mr. Bush should have passed or punted or gotten up and left the room claiming that he heard Dick Cheney calling him.
Do you feel, asked an ordinary American that you were misled on Iraq?
Bush's Response: "I feel like -- I felt like, there were weapons of mass destruction. You know, "mislead" is a strong word, it almost connotes some kind of intentional -- I don't think so, I think there was not only our intelligence community, but intelligence communities all across the world shared the same assessment. And so I was disappointed to see how flawed our intelligence was."
Flawed... You Mr. Bush and your tragically know-it-all minions through out every piece of intelligence that suggested there were no such weapons. You Mr. Bush, threw out every person who even suggested that the sober, contradictory, reality based intelligence needed to be listened to and damn fast. You Mr. Bush, are responsible for how intelligence communities all around the world shared the same assessment. you and the sick-a-vance you dredged up put behind the most important steering wheel in the world. Propagated, palpable nonsense and shoved it down the throat of every intelligence community across the world, and punished everybody who didn't agree it was really chicken salad. And you Mr. Bush threw under the bus all of the subsequent critics who bravely stepped forward later just to point out how much a self fulfilling proficy you had embraced and adopted this country's policy, in-lu of say 'common sense'. The fiasco of pre-war intelligence sir is YOUR fiasco. You should build a great statue of yourself, turning a deaf ear to the warnings of the realists, while you were shone embracing the three card monte dealers, like Richard Pearl and Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney. That would be a far more fitting to your legacy Mr. Bush, and this presidential library that you are constructing is a giant fable about your presidency, an edifice you might claim was built by weapons of mass destruction, because there will be just as many inside your presidential library as there was inside Sadaam Hussein's Iraq.
Of course if there is one over riding theme to this presidents administration, it is the utter, always failing, inability to know when to quit when it is behind. And so Mr. Bush answered yet another question about this layered, nuanced wheels within wheels garbage heap, that that constituted his excuse for war.
"And so you feel that you didn't have all the information you should have or the right spin on that information?"
"No, no, I was told by people that they had weapons of mass destruction"
People!! What people... The insane informant curve ball. The Iraqi snake oil salesman Ackmed Chalibe, the American snake oil salesman Dick Cheney.
"I was told by people they had weapons of mass destruction, as were members of Congress, who voted for the resolution to get rid of Saddam Hussein and of course, the political heat gets on, and they start to run and try to hide from their votes."
Mr. Bush.... You destroyed the evidence that contradicted the resolution you jammed down the congress's throat, the way you jammed it down the nations throat, when required by law, to verify that your evidence was accurate you simply re-submitted it with phrases mounting to "See, I done proved it" virtually written in the margins in crayon. You defied patriotic Americans to say the emperor has no clothes, only this time with the stakes as you and your mental dwarfs in your employ put it, be a mushroom cloud over an American city. And as a final crash of self indulgent nonsense, when the incontrovertible truth of your panoramic and murderess deceit, has even begun to cost your political party seeming perpetual congressional seats in places like North Carolina and last night Mississippi. You can actually say with a straight face sir, that the members of Congress, the political heat gets on and they start to run and try to hide from their votes? Will you great the political heat and try to run and hide from your presidency? And your legacy... 4000 Americans you were sent to protect are dead in Iraq with your own feeble and pathetic answer being, I was told by people that they had weapons of mass destruction.
Then came Mr. Bush's final blow to our nation's solarplexes, his last re-opening of our wounds, his last remark that makes the rest of us question not merely his leadership, or his judgement, but his very suitability to remain in office.
"Mr. President, you haven't been golfing in recent years. Is that related to Iraq?"
YES, began perhaps the most startling reply of this nightmarish blight on our lives as Americans on our history.
"Yes, it really is. I don't want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the Commander-in-Chief playing golf. I feel I owe it to the families to be as -- to be in solidarity as best I can with them. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal."
Golf sir!! Golf sends the wrong signal to the grieving families of our men and women butchered in Iraq. Do you think these families Mr. Bush, these lives blighted forever care about YOU playing GOLF? Do you think sir that they CARE about you? You Mr. Bush who let their sons and daughters be killed. Sir, to show their solidarity with them, you gave up GOLF? Sir, to show your solidarity with them, you didn't give up your pursuit of this insurance scam, profiteering morally and financially bankrupting war. Sir, to show your solidarity with them, you didn't even give up talking about Iraq, a subject about which you have insensitively proved without pause or backwards glance, that you may literally be the least informed person in the world. Sir, to show your solidarity with them, you didn't give up your presidency. In your own words.. "Solidarity, as best as I can, is to stop a game"? That is the best you can ? Four thousand Americans give up their lives and your sacrifice was to give up GOLF?!?!?
Golf..Golf and still it gets worse. It proves that the presidents unendurable sacrifice, his unbearable pain, the suspension of getting to hit a stick and a ball together was not even his own damned idea.
"Mr. President, was there a particular moment or incident that brought you to that decision, or how did you come to that?
"I Remember when de Mello, who was at the U.N., got killed in Baghdad as a result of these murderers taking this good man's life. And I was playing golf -- I think I was in Central Texas -- and they pulled me off the golf course and I said, it's just not worth it anymore to do."
Your one, tone deaf, arrogant, pathetic, embarrassing gesture, and you didn't think of it yourself. The great Bushian sacrifice. An Army private looses a leg, a marine looses half of his scull, 4000 of their brothers and sisters loose their lives and you loose GOLF!!! And they have to pull you off the golf course to get you to do just that. If it's even true. Apart from your medical files which beautifully record your torn calf muscle and the knee pain which forced you to give up running at the same time, it is a coincidence no doubt the bombing in Baghdad which killed Sergio Veera DeMayo at the U.N.and interrupted your round of golf was on August 19th 2003, and yet there is an Associated Press accounted you and photographs playing golf as late as Columbus day of that year, October 13th, two months later.
Mr. Bush, I hate to break it to you. Six and a half years after you yoked this nation and your place in history through the wrong war, in the wrong place, against the wrong people. But the war in Iraq is NOT ABOUT YOU. It is not Mr. Bush about YOUR GRIEF, when American after American comes home in a box. It is not Mr. Bush what your adult brain has produced in the way of arronoid delusions of risks that do not exist, ready to be activated if some Democrat, and not your twin Mr. McCain succeeds you. The war in Iraq, your war Mr. Bush is about how you accomplished the derangement of two nations and how you helped funnel billions of taxpayer dollars to lascivious and parreneal thirsty corporations like Hallibert and Blackwater, and how you sent 4000 Americans to their deaths, FOR NOTHING!!!
It is not Mr. Bush about your golf game, and sir if you have any hopes that next January 20 will no be celebrated as a day of soul drenching heart felt thanksgiving, because your faithless stewardship of this presidency will have finally come to a merciful end.
This last piece of advise. When somebody asks you sir about Democrats who must now pull this country back together, from the abyss you have placed us at, when somebody asks you sir about the cooked books and faked threats that you have voiced on a sincere and frightened nation, when somebody asks you sir about your gallant, noble, self abnegating sacrifice of your golf game so as to sooth the families of the war dead.
This advise Mr Bush... SHUT THE HELL UP..
Video Part One : By Keith Olbermann
Video Part Two : By Keith Olbermann