[Vision2020] Keith Olbermann on Bush's Visit to Iraq

Tom Hansen thansen at moscow.com
Tue Sep 4 20:07:53 PDT 2007

Keith Olbermann's September 4, 2007 commentary concerning George Bush's
visit to Iraq on September 3, 2007 and Robert Draper's book "Dead Certain"
is linked below and posted below as well.



Finally tonight, a Special Comment about Mr. Bush's trip, and his startling
admission of the true motive for this war, which was revealed in his

And so he is back from his annual surprise gratuitous photo-op in Iraq, and
what a sorry spectacle it was.

But it was nothing compared to the spectacle of one unfiltered, unguarded,
horrifying quotation in the new biography to which Mr. Bush has consented.

As he deceived the troops at Al-Asad Air Base yesterday with the tantalizing
prospect that some of them might not have to risk being killed and might get
to go home. 

Mr. Bush probably did not know that, with his own words, he had already
proved that he had been lying. is lying. will be lying.... about Iraq.

He presumably did not know, that there had already appeared those damning
excerpts from Robert Draper's book "Dead Certain."

"I'm playing for October-November," Mr. Bush said to Draper. 

That, evidently, is the time during which, he thinks he can sell us the real

Which is, to quote him: "To get us in a position where the presidential
candidates, will be comfortable about sustaining a presence."Comfortable" --
that is -- with saying about Iraq, again quoting the President, "stay...

And there it is, Sir. 

We've caught you.

Your goal is not to bring some troops home -- maybe -- if we let you have
your way now;

Your goal is not to set the stage for eventual withdrawal;

You are, to use your own disrespectful, tone-deaf word, playing at getting
the next Republican nominee to agree to jump into this bottomless pit with
you, and take us with him, as we stay in Iraq for another year, and another,
and another, and anon.

Everything you said about Iraq yesterday, and everything you will say, is a
deception, for the purpose of this one cynical, unacceptable, brutal goal --
perpetuating this war indefinitely.

War today, war tomorrow, war forever!

And you are playing at it!


A man with any self-respect, having inadvertently revealed such an evil
secret, would have already resigned and fled the country!

You have no remaining credibility about Iraq, Sir.

And yet, yesterday at Al-Asad, Mr. Bush kept playing -- and this time, using
the second of his two faces.

The President told reporters, quote -- "They, (General Petraeus and
Ambassador Crocker) "tell me if the kind of success we are now seeing
continues, it will be possible to maintain the same level of security with
fewer American forces."

And so, Mr. Bush got his fraudulent headlines today. 

"Bush May Bring Some Troops Home."

While the reality is, we know from what he told Draper, that the President's
true hope is that they will not come home; but that they will stay there,
because he is keeping them there now, in hope that those from his political
party fighting to succeed him, will prolong this unendurable disaster into
the next decade.

But, to a country dying of thirst, the President seemed to vaguely promise a
drink from a full canteen -- a promise predicated on the assumption that he
is not lying.

Yet you are lying, Mr. Bush. 


But now, we know... why.

You gave away more of yourself than you knew in the Draper book.

And you gave away more still, on the arduous trip back out of Iraq -- hours
in the air, without so much as a single vacation.

"If you look at my comments over the past eight months," you told reporters,
"it's gone from a security situation -- in the sense that we're either going
to get out and there will be chaos, or, more troops. Now, the situation has
changed, where I'm able to speculate on the hypothetical." 

Mr. Bush, the only "hypothetical" here is that you are not now holding our
troops... hostage. 

You have no intention of withdrawing them.

But that doesn't mean you can't pretend you're thinking about it, does it?

That is your genius, Sir -- as you see it, anyway.

You can deduce what we want -- we, the people, remember us? -- and then use
it against us. 

You can hold that canteen up and promise it to the parched nation.

And the untold number of Americans whose lives have not been directly
blighted by Iraq -- or who do not realize that their safety has been reduced
and not increased by Iraq -- they will get the bullet points: 'Bush is
thinking about bringing some troops home. Bush even went to Iraq.'

You can fool some of the people all of the time, can't you, Mr. Bush?

You are playing us! 

And as for the most immediate victims of the President's perfidy and
shameless manipulation -- those troops, yesterday sweating literally as he
spoke at Al-Asad Air Base... 

Tonight, again sweating figuratively in The Valley Of The Shadow Of Death...

The President saved, for them, the most egregious "playing" in the entire

"I want to tell you this about the decision, about my decision about troop
levels. Those decisions will be based on a calm assessment by our military
commanders on the conditions on the ground -- not a nervous reaction by
Washington politicians to poll results in the media." 

One must compliment Mr. Bush's writer. 

That, perhaps, was the mostly perfectly crafted phrase of his Presidency.

For depraved indifference to Democracy, for the craven projection of
political motives onto those trying to save lives and save a nation, for a
dismissal of the value of the polls and the importance of the media. for a
summary of all he does not hold dear about this nation or its people --
nothing... could top that.

As if, Sir, you listened to all the "calm assessments" of our military
commanders --rather than firing the ones who dared say The Emperor Has No
Clothes, and The President, No Judgment;

As if, Sir, your entire presidency was not a "nervous reaction", and you
yourself, nothing but a Washington politician;

As if, Sir, "the media" does not largely divide into those parts your
minions are playing, and those others who unthinkingly and uncritically
serve as your echo chamber, at a time when the nation's future may depend on
the airing of dissent.

And as if, Sir, those polls were not so overwhelming, and not so clearly
reflective of the nation's agony... and the nation's insistence.

But this President has ceased to listen.

This President has decided that night is day, and death is life, and
enraging the world against us, is safety.

And this laziest of Presidents, actually interrupted his precious time off
to fly to Iraq to play at a photo opportunity... with soldiers... some of
whom will... on his orders... be killed before the year... maybe the
month... is out.


Just over 500 days remain in this Presidency.

Consider the dead who have piled up on the battlefield.... in these last 500

Consider the singular fraudulence of this President's trip to Iraq
yesterday, and the singular fraudulence of the selling of The Petraeus
Report... in these last 500 days.

Consider how this President has torn away at the fabric of this nation in a
manner of which terrorists can only dream... in these last 500 days.

And consider again how this President has spoken to that biographer: that he
is "playing for October-November". the goal in Iraq is "To get us in a
position where the presidential candidates will be comfortable about
sustaining a presence". and consider how this revelation contradicts every
other rationale he has offered... in these last 500 days.

In the context of all that. now, consider. these next 500 days.

Mr. Bush, our presence in Iraq must end.

Even if it means your resignation.

Even if it means your impeachment.

Even if it means a different Republican to serve out your term.

Even if it means a Democratic Congress -- and those true Patriots among the
Republicans -- standing up and denying you another **penny** for Iraq, other
than for the safety and the safe conduct home of our troops.

This country cannot run the risk of what you can still do to this country...
in the next 500 days. 

Not while you, Sir... are playing.

Good night, and good luck.


Seeya round town, Moscow.

Tom Hansen
Moscow, Idaho

"People who ridicule others while hiding behind anonymous monikers in
chat-room forums are neither brave nor clever."

- Latah County Sheriff Wayne Rausch (August 21, 2007) 

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