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Keith Olbermann is such a slippery, weaselly bastard. On September 10, 2007, the hot political topic of the day was the moveon.org advertisement that portrayed General David Petraeus as 'General Betray Us'. Politicos from Mitt Romney to Nancy Pelosi condemned this attempt to paint a military hero as a traitor who would betray his country. Of course Edward R Olbermann chimed in, attacking Republicans as 'egregious' for criticizing the ad, while pretending to be reluctant to echo the ad by saying: 'Not to defend that phraseology'.
Funny, how Olbermahn pretended to disapprove of the Petraeus-BetrayUs line...funny, because it was Olbermann himself who created it! Weeks before the moveon.org ad appeared with its reprehensible language, Edward R Olbermann had already beaten them to the punch, bellowing in his opening spiel:
OLBERMANN: Which of these stories will you be talking about tomorrow? The Petraeus report, less Petraeus, more betrayaeus (ph).
Just to drive the point home he also plastered it on screen, as the graphic illustrates. But when Olbermann's own language became so toxic that even Nancy Pelosi rejected it, Keith pretended like he had nothing to do with it, and whimpered: 'Not to defend that phraseology'. As we said, Olby is a weasel, and a spineless one at that.
So what does this all have to do with tonight's Hour of Spin? Follow. Oralmann's vicious attack on Petraeus, impugning his patriotism by calling him a traitor, had its roots in Gen Petraeus's plan to surge in Iraq. And Gen Olbermahn didn't like that, not one bit. He railed against it night after night, predicting that Petraeus's reckless plan was doomed to result in a massacre of US forces, and would produce nothing more than 'failed blood-letting'.
Oralmann kept up his smears of Petraeus. A year later, as the success of the surge became evident and the predicted 'blood-letting' failed to take place, Olby moved the goalposts, insisting that the goal of the surge wasn't about reducing violence anyway, so there! And besides, he pointed out with the loopy assistance of Rachel Maddow, Petraeus is just trying to 'sell a political platform'.
For normal people what happened next would have been the end of the grudge. A candidate for President was asked about the surge in Iraq. His response:
It succeeded beyond our wildest dreams.
The candidate who said that? Our current President: Barack Obama. That should've been enough even for Olbermann to pack it in, and admit (if only to himself) that he was wrong about the surge, and wrong about Petraeus.
Ah, but the infamous, deplorable one does not give up his grudges so easily. Being proven wrong only deepened and intensified his seething hatred for Petraeus. And now, years after it was clear to everyone--even Barack Obama--that the General was right and Keith Olbermann was horribly, disastrously incorrect, Olby hasn't moved on. He's never admitted he got it wrong. He's never retracted calling the General an un-American traitor--let alone apologized for it. And tonight he will launch a fresh attack on David Petraeus.
The latest Special Education Comment will demand (yes, demand! Are you listening, Mr President?!) that Barack Obama pull the nomination of David Petraeus to head the CIA. Because? Well, he'll have the usual talking-point reasons assembled by trollling through his favorite blue blogs, and no doubt he'll frame it as having to do with 'torture' or some other pretextual justification. But now you know the truth, the real reason why Olbermann hates General David Petraeus and is still holding a grudge for nearly half a decade.
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