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Go to Iraq and fight, Mr. President

Olbermann: Go to Iraq and fight, Mr. President
Bush’s latest choice of scapegoat — Hillary Clinton — boggles the mind

A Special Comment by Keith Olbermann

It is one of the great, dark, evil lessons, of history.

A country — a government — a military machine — can screw up a war seven ways to Sunday. It can get thousands of its people killed. It can risk the safety of its citizens. It can destroy the fabric of its nation.

But as long as it can identify a scapegoat, it can regain or even gain power.

The Bush administration has opened this Pandora’s Box about Iraq. It has found its scapegoats: Hillary Clinton and us.

The lies and terror tactics with which it deluded this country into war — they had nothing to do with the abomination that Iraq has become. It isn’t Mr. Bush’s fault.

The selection of the wrong war, in the wrong time, in the wrong place — the most disastrous geopolitical tactic since Austria-Hungary attacked Serbia in 1914 and destroyed itself in the process — that had nothing to do with the overwhelming crisis Iraq has become. It isn’t Mr. Bush’s fault.

The criminal lack of planning for the war — the total “jump-off-a-bridge-and-hope-you-can-fly” tone to the failure to anticipate what would follow the deposing of Saddam Hussein — that had nothing to do with the chaos in which Iraq has been enveloped. It isn’t Mr. Bush’s fault.

The utter, blinkered idiocy of “staying the course,” of sending Americans to Iraq and sending them a second time, and a third and a fourth, until they get killed or maimed — the utter de-prioritization of human life, simply so a politician can avoid having to admit a mistake — that had nothing to do with the tens of thousand individual tragedies darkening the lives of American families, forever. It isn’t Mr. Bush’s fault.

The continuing, relentless, remorseless, corrupt and cynical insistence that this conflict somehow is defeating or containing or just engaging the people who attacked us on 9/11, the total “Alice Through the Looking Glass” quality that ignores that in Iraq, we have made the world safer for al-Qaida — it isn’t Mr. Bush’s fault!

The fault, brought down, as if a sermon from this mount of hypocrisy and slaughter by a nearly anonymous undersecretary of defense, has tonight been laid on the doorstep of... Sen. Hillary Clinton and, by extension, at the doorstep of every American — the now-vast majority of us — who have dared to criticize this war or protest it or merely ask questions about it or simply, plaintively, innocently, honestly, plead, “Don’t take my son; don’t take my daughter.”

Sen. Clinton has been sent — and someone has leaked to The Associated Press — a letter, sent in reply to hers asking if there exists an actual plan for evacuating U.S. troops from Iraq.

This extraordinary document was written by an undersecretary of defense named Eric Edelman.


As an aside, this Edelman character is a career diplomat and was (surprise!) an adviser on national security to Vice President Dick Cheney during the lead up to the war in Iraq.

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And, in case you missed it... judge tosses out ex-spy's lawsuit against Cheney in CIA leak case.


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Jul. 20th, 2007 06:22 am (UTC)
"Go there and fight, your war. Yourself."

Love that line.

Is it just me or do so many articles these days read like fiction? I think to myself: Can this really be serious? Is that really happening?

Crazy, crazy shit.
Jul. 20th, 2007 06:23 am (UTC)
FYI, that link at the end goes to the Olbermann article instead of the one about the lawsuit.
Jul. 20th, 2007 02:29 pm (UTC)
You have set this government at war against its own people and then blamed those very people when they say, “Enough.”

That sums up the entirety of the Bush years quite succinctly.
Jul. 20th, 2007 03:15 pm (UTC)
Go to Iraq and fight, Mr. President.
Yes, go to Iraq yourself and fight, and make sure you don't have any body armour or anything else that might protect you, that you've managed to deny our soldiers via budget cuts. And if you're injured, you can go to the VA hospital just like everyone else, and be denied treatment and/or benefits because you didn't serve enough time in your tour. See how you like it. If you happen to be killed in action, no one that served with you will be allowed to accompany your body home, like you did with our friend that died in November of 2005, because God forbid someone should tell the family what *really* happened the day you were killed. And if you die in the middle of a pay period, we'll make sure your pay is docked for the days you didn't work because you were dead. Sound fair?
Jul. 20th, 2007 03:40 pm (UTC)
It's seemingly perverse that I get excited when I hear Keith go off on a tear like that, but damn if the man doesn't speak for me and everyone I know. It's going to be very interesting to see how this plays out. Odd to finally understand what it feels like to be a witness to history.
Jul. 20th, 2007 06:45 pm (UTC)
Even worse
I think July 17th may be the day historians mark as the beginning of Bushco's official dictatorship. Behold the executive order that allows him to take the property of people and entities who:
(i) to have committed, or to pose a significant risk of committing, an act or acts of violence that have the purpose or effect of:

(A) threatening the peace or stability of Iraq or the Government of Iraq; or

(B) undermining efforts to promote economic reconstruction and political reform in Iraq or to provide humanitarian assistance to the Iraqi people;

Link here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/07/20070717-3.html
Jul. 20th, 2007 08:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Even worse
I hadn't seen that yet. Unfuckingbelievable.
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