Posted by on 20 July, 2007 at 2:13 pm. 5 comments already!


Growing up, I was a pretty big fan of the ESPN SportsCenter duo, Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann. Every night, viewers could count on witty banter between the two as well as charming one-liners.

But since Olbermann left his gig as SportsCenter anchor and eventually landed at MSNBC, I’ve disappointed, to be polite, with his nightly Leftist rants. The latest rant comes by way of an column.

In a letter from Undersecretary of Defense, Eric Edelman, he states the following, "’Premature and public discussion of the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq,’ Edelman writes, ‘reinforces enemy propaganda that the United States will abandon its allies in Iraq, much as we are perceived to have done in Vietnam, Lebanon and Somalia.’"

 "Edelman adds: ‘Such talk understandably unnerves the very same Iraqi allies we are asking to assume enormous personal risks.’"

Not to be outdone, a "spokesman for the senator says Mr. Edelman’s remarks are ‘at once both outrageous and dangerous.’

Olbermann adds, "Those terms are entirely appropriate and may, in fact, understate the risk the Edelman letter poses to our way of life and all that our fighting men and women are risking, have risked, and have lost, in Iraq."

Olbermann possesses the audacity for castigating Edelman for essentially stating the obvious. The consequences of withdrawing our military from Iraq will be dire.

 What is dangerous is that Democrats are NOT contemplating the disastrous ramifications of withdrawing American forces from Iraq. Note that they have yet to candidly discuss the high probability of a large-scale sectarian conflict, bands of roaming death squads, a massive refugee crisis, and a Turkish invasion into Kurdistan, just to name a few.

“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.”

Olbermann espouses the Leftist company line here by stating that “it can risk the safety of its citizens.” Essentially, he’s enforcing the notion that it is America who has perpetuated terrorism, not Islamic butchers.

“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.”

But it couldn’t be the Left’s fault either, could it? Simply, the Left, far-left fringe groups, and the Mainstream Media have conspired at seditious levels to expose and attack the Bush administration at every turn in this larger conflict (Afghanistan and Iraq, primarily). This near-traitorous acts consist of the New York Times publishing stories about American servicewomen being sexually assaulted while in Iraq despite the fact that some of these women never performed a tour there, or the implication in the Abu Ghraib scandal that orders to humiliate and emasculate Iraqi prisoners came from either the Defense Department and the White House.

“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!”

Again, Olbermann sounds the “It’s America’s fault” bell. It surely could not be that Islamic terrorists ultimately want to bring Islam to every corner of the world! Olbermann comments represent the vast majority of the Left and far-left fringe groups that 1.) blame America and Israel for all of the Muslim world’s ills; 2.) believe by appeasing and bowing to violence that somehow militant Islam will be placated and subsequently lay down their collective arms.

“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.’”

Note how Olbermann paints Hillary as a mere pawn/victim in this larger conflict. He does not mention the notion that Hillary, as well as other Democratic Congressional officials, Senators, pundits, lobbyists, and presidential candidates, stridently supported the President upon the eve of this conflict. Moreover, Democratic calls to usurp the nuclear, biological, and chemical threat that Saddam posed resonated loudly in the Western world during the 1990’s.

Yet when this Texas cowboy with his posse (Cheney, Rumsfeld, etc), as President Bush is portrayed, strode into town looking to “lynch” Saddam and gun down his sons, the world collectively sneered, despite the fact that these same people believed Saddam posed a threat to not only the Middle East, but the West as well.

Furthermore, could it be possible that Hillary and other Democrats have witnessed the MSM manipulate news reports are now riding the anti-war wave to political gain?

That couldn’t be, could it?

My how world opinion can change…according to the Left, the Mainstream Media, Europe, etc, Bush and Cheney concocted a vast scheme to manipulate intelligence and wage war against a peaceful, sovereign nation.

If you read the rest of the article, the remainder of Olbermann’s commentary seethes with typical anti-Bush venom…note the following lines:

“Let your minions try to spread the blame to the real patriots here, who have sought only to undo the horrors you have wrought since 2002.”

“Though the words might be erased from a million books and a billion memories, though the world be covered knee-deep in your lies, the truth shall prevail.”

“Sen. Clinton has reinforced enemy propaganda? Made it impossible for you to get your ego-driven, blood-steeped win in Iraq?”

Ultimately, Olbermann, like the rest of the Leftist ilk choose their words based on the following (as they accuse Bush, ironically, of the same):

–faulty evidence

–perverted facts


Olbermann, rather than telling the true story, attempts to tap into the vast anger on the Left and perpetrated in the Mainstream Media. Here’s where the Left loses: rather than discuss the truth with actual tangible facts, they speak from emotions.

Nothing more, nothing less…

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