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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
This from Newshole: SPECIAL COMMENT TONIGHT: "COMPROMISED"
Keith Olbermann will deliver a Special Comment tonight on the "compromise" struck between the Democratic leadership and the White House over the latest troop funding bill...
Here's a preview...
"The Democratic leadership has, in sum, claimed a compromise with the Administration, in which the only things truly compromised are the trust of the voters, the ethics of the Democrats, and the lives of our brave, and doomed, friends, and family, in Iraq.
You, the men and women elected with the simplest of directions - Stop The War - have traded your strength, your bargaining position, and the uniform support of those who elected youâ€¦ for a handful of magic beans."
SPECIAL COMMENT: "COMPROMISED"
5) Keith just can't seem to decide what to believe. During his recent Molly Ivins speech he conceded he was willing to admit there was some terror threat - except when anyone in the U.S. government does something about that threat. Today's example, Bush is "selectively" declassifying intelligence to foster "fear" by "claiming" that al Qaeda wanted to use Iraq as a base of operations for attacks on the U.S. mainland.
To recap the President's claims it apparently did not occur to Osama bin Laden that Iraq could be used as a safe haven until nearly two years after the Bush administration had paved the way by removing Saddam Hussein and installing chaos, the terrorists cited by Mr. Bush other than Osama bin Laden are all dead or in U.S. custody.
Ummm. Actually, that's not what he said but not to worry since Keith's Kossacks won't know the difference anyway and it SOUNDS good. It's not WHAT Keith says....it's how he says it that's so SCARY!!!
E.J. Dionne joins Keith and begins by quoting FDR's "only thing we have to fear" speech completely out of context. In 1933, FDR was talking about financial panic induced by a lack of confidence in the U.S. economy. In that case, FDR's speech made perfect sense. Today, when Bush is talking about the threat of terrorism, he is not talking about "confidence" but the REALITY that there are people hell bent on killing as many people as they possibly can to impose their warped vision on the world.
See the difference, Keith?
Hey, Keith slipped in the old "CIA disbanded the bin Laden unit" canard even though his own guests exposed that OlbyLie when it first served. Does Keith even listen to the answers to his own questions?
To wrap things up with Big Show vet Dionne, Keith slams the President for having too many plans for Iraq. Wasn't it just a few months ago that he was slamming Bush for not having a plan? Not be willing to change direction? Not listening to Baker-Hamilton? Jeez. How many sides does a fence have on OlbyPlanet?
Surprise, the L.A. Times found a couple troops who said something that sounded like they were not excited about the "surge".
Dana Milbank delivers the first real howler of the evening:
...if they are surprised they shouldn't have been surprised...look even we've been discussing this for a couple of months that this is likely where it's going there were all signs that the Democrats were going to make their point and then cave in which is exactly what they did.
Really? That's funny but I've been watching Countdown every day for the past couple of months and I don't recall ANY such discussion happening between Keith Olbermann and Dana Milbank or any other guest on the show. Mostly what we've heard is how Bush is up against it, that maybe he is irrelevant, that he is going to have to negotiate, that his own party was turning on him, that maybe it was like when Goldwater went to Nixon. I just don't recall these discussions about how the Democrats were full of it and Bush was going to get what he wanted at the end of the day.
#4 Gonzo-Gate. Keith kicks things off with a Monica (Goodling) joke much to the delight of the laughing stage hand. I watched some of the Monica Goodling testimony myself and there is nothing good to say about her and the fact that she got the job she held. She is so unqualified for her position that she is convincing even me that Gonzales needs to leave.
Oddball - Orangoutangs, old Indian wrestler
Newsmakers - homeless cliff dweller, naked tourist in Germany, Al Gore/Harry Sheaerer hilarity.
#3 - Canned report from Andrea Mitchell on naval exercises in the Indian Ocean near Iran.
#2 Rosie v. Hasselback on The View
Keith too traumatized by childhood to comment on shouting match between Rosie O'Donnell and that other woman.
Keebing Tabs - TomKat baby news, Dancing with the Stars
WPIW - executed guy, Devil Ray looney, Virginia (Keith says "the government of" but what he actually means is the "people of" since the people elect the people who make the laws he does not like).
SPECIAL COMMENT: "COMPROMISED"
Few men or women elected in our history executive or legislative, state or national, have been sent into office with a mandate more obvious or instructions more clear "Get us out of Iraq". Yet after six months of preparation and execution half a year gathering the strands of public support translating into action the collective will of the nearly 70% of Americans who reject this war of lies the Democrats have managed only this: the Democratic leadership has surrendered to a President, if not the worst President then easily the most selfish in our history who happily blackmails his own people and uses his own military personnel as hostages to his asinine demand that the Democrats "give the troops their money". The Democratic leadership has agreed to finance the deaths of Americans in a war that has only reduced the security of Americans. The Democratic leadership has given Mr. Bush all that he wanted with the only caveat being not merely meaningless symbolism about benchmarks for the Iraqi government but optional meaningless symbolism about benchmarks for the Iraqi government
The Democratic leadership has, in sum, claimed a compromise with the Administration, in which the only things truly compromised are the trust of the voters, the ethics of the Democrats, and the lives of our brave, and doomed, friends, and family, in Iraq.
[turn to Camera 2, inhale slowly, pause then continue]
You, the men and women elected with the simplest of directions - Stop The War - have traded your strength, your bargaining position, and the uniform support of those who elected youâ€¦ for a handful of magic beans.
You may trot out every political cliche from the soft soap inside the beltway dictionary of boilerplate sound bites of how this is the begining of the end of Mr. Bush's carte blanche in Iraq. About how this is a first step. Well Senator Reid, the only end at its beginning is our collective hope that you and your colleagues would do what is right, what is essential, what you were each elected or re-lected to do beacuse this first step is a step right off a cliff.
And this President. How shamefully would it be to watch an adult hold his breath and threaten to continue to do so until he turned blue but how horrifying it is to watch a President hold his breath and threaten to continue to do so until innoncent and patriotic Americans in harm's way are bled white. You lead this country, sir? You claim to defend it? And yet when faced with someone calling on your stubborness, your stubborness which has cost 3,431 Americans their lives and thousands more their limbs you Mr. Bush imply that if Democrats don't give you the money and give it to you entirely on your terms the troops in Iraq will be stranded? Or forced to serve longer? Or what, have to throw bullets at the enemy with their bare hands? It is moronic.
We have defunded wars before sir and this isn't even close to a true definding. No harm has come to our troops/ How transcendently, how historically pathetic. Any other President, from any other moment in the panorama of our history would have, at the outset of this tawdry game of political chicken declared that no matter what the other political side did he would ensure personally first, last and always that the troops would not suffer. A President, Mr. Bush, uses the carte blanche he already has not to manipulate and overlap arriving and departing brigades into a second surge but to say in unequivocal terms that if it takes every last dime of the monies already allocated if it takes reneging on government contracts with Halliburton, he will make sure the troops are safe even if the only safety to be found is in getting them the hell out of there. Well, any true President would have done that sir. You instead used our troops as political pawns, then blamed the Democrats when you did so.
Not that these Democrats who had this country support and sympathy up until 48 hours ago have not earned all the blame they can carry home. We seem to be very near the bleak choice between war and shame Winston Churchill wrote to Lord Moyne in the days after the British signed the Munich Accords with Germany in 1938, "My feeling is that we shall choose shame and then have war thrown in a little later."
That's what this is for the Democrats, isn't it? Their Neville Chamberlain moment before the Second World War. All that's missing is the landing at the airport with the blinkered leader waving a piece of paper which he naively thought would guarantee "peace in our time" but which his opponent would ignore with deceit. The Democrats have merely streamlined the process. Their piece of paper already says Mr. Bush can ignore it with impunity.
And where are the Democratic presidential hopefuls this evening? See they not that to which the House and Senate leadership has blinded itself? Judging these candidates based on how they voted on the original Iraq authorization or waiting for apologies for those votes, that is ancient history now. The Democratic nomination is likely to be decided tomorrow. The talk of practical politics, the buying into the President's dishonest contruction "fund the troops or they will be in jeopardy". The promise of tougher action in September is falling not on deaf ears but rather falling on Americans who already told you what to do and now perceive your ears as deaf as closed to practical politics.
Those who seek the Democratic nomination need to for their own political futures and with a thousand times more solemnity and importance for the individual futures of our troops denounce this betrayal vote against it and if need be unseat Majority Leader Reid and Speaker Pelosi if they continue down this path of guilty fatal acquisensce to the tragically misguided will of a monomaniacal president.
[turn, look left into camera 3]
For ultimately at this hour the entire government has failed us Mr. Reid, Mr. Hoyer and the other Democrats have failed us. They negotiated away that which they did not own but had only been entrusted
by us to protect our collective will as the citizens of this country that this brazen war of lies be ended as rapidly and safely as possible. Mr. Bush and his government have failed us they have behaved venemously without dignity of course, that is all at which Mr. Bush is gifted. We are the ones providing surprise or shock here. With the exception of Senator Dodd and Senator Edwards, the Democratic presidential candidates have, at least so far, failed us. They must now speak and make plain how they view what has been given away to Mr. Bush and what is yet to be given away tomorrow and in the thousands of tomorrows still to come because for the next 14 months the Democratic nominating process, indeed the whole of our political discourse until further notice has with the stroke of a cursed pen become about one thing and one thing alone. The electorate figured this out six months ago
the President and the Republicans have not, doubtless will not. The Democrats will figure it out during the Memorial Day recess when they go home and many of those who elected them will politely suggest that they stay there and permanently because on the subject of Iraq the people have been ahead of the media, ahead of the government, ahead of the politicians for the last year or two years or maybe three. Our politics is now about the answer to a briefly worded question. Mr. Bush has failed. Mr. Warner has failed. Mr. Reid has failed.
So, who among us will stop this war? This war of lies. To he or she fall the figurative keys to the nation. To all the others Presidents and Majority Leaders and candidates and rank and file Congressman and Senators of either party-there is only blameâ€¦ for this shameful, and bi-partisan, betrayal.