Special Comment by Keith Olbermann: Condi goes too far
Absolutely hysterical Special Comment from our anchor-hero Keith Olbermann on MSNBC's Countdown this evening.
The target of the dead-on humor and satire was none other then The Decider's office wife, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Poor Condi, she must have taken a swig of Dick Cheney's Caffeine-Free Diet Sprite, or perhaps, she inherited Donald Rumsfeld's coffee mug.
For there she was this past Sunday morning, on the Home Teams Television Network, Fox News Sunday and having the softball tossed up by host Chris Wallace, he of Bill Clinton-baiting fame, with "Let's turn to Iraq talking now about rewriting the 2002 congressional authorization for the use of force in Iraq."
Poor Condi. She recited the White House Talking Points as she has been trained to do, talking about the generals on the ground, the difficulties of war, that darn elusive goal of stability and democracy and then, the 42 words Olbermann honed in on;
"…It would be like saying that after Adolf Hitler was overthrown, we needed to change then, the resolution that allowed the United States to do that, so that we could deal with creating a stable environment in Europe after he was overthrown."
Olbermann channeled Lenny Bruce, expressing incredulity of Rice's ignorance, of her ignoring of longstanding facts ... Her sudden amnesia of History, no less ... And she, allegedly, has a Masters Degree and a Ph.D in Political Science!
"Here we go again! From springs spent trying to link Saddam Hussein to 9/11, to summers of cynically manipulated intelligence, through autumns of false patriotism, to winters of war, we have had more than four years of every cheap trick and every degree of calculated cynicism from this administration, filled with Three-Card Monte players."
Olbermann didn't fail to point out Poor Condi's colleague and former colleague already playing the Nazi card in this "war", when Cheney and Rumsfeld pulled the "Nazi Appeaser" line on any critics of the White House policies, so it's not clear if this is a "do-over" or if Poor Condi has been sent out to the front to launch a new assault on the country.
"If you want to compare what we did to Hitler and in Germany to what we did to Saddam and in Iraq, I'm afraid you're going to have to buy the whole analogy. We were an occupying force in Germany, Dr. Rice, and by your logic, we're now an occupying force in Iraq. And if that's the way you see it, you damn well better come out and tell the American people so. Save your breath telling it to the Iraqis — most of them already buy that part of the comparison."
And it wasn't long after that Olbermann delivered the punch line, devastatingly hilarious;
"We already have a subjectively false comparison between Hitler and Saddam. We already have a historically false comparison between Germany and Iraq. We already have blissful ignorance by our secretary of state about how this country got into the war against Hitler. But then there's this part about changing "the resolution" about Iraq; that it would be as ridiculous in the secretary's eyes as saying that after Hitler was defeated, we needed to go back to Congress to "deal with creating a stable environment in Europe after he was overthrown."
Oh, good grief, Secretary Rice, that's exactly what we did do! We went back to Congress to deal with creating a stable environment in Europe after Hitler was overthrown! It was called the Marshall Plan.
Gen. George Catlett Marshall!
Secretary of state!
The job you have now!
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