Olbermann to Bush: "Your Hypocrisy Is So Vast" [VIDEO]
So the President, behaving a little bit more than usual, like we would all interrupt him while he was watching his favorite cartoons on the DVR, stepped before the press conference microphone and after side-stepping most of the substantive issues like the Israeli raid on Syria, in condescending and infuriating fashion, produced a big political finish that indicates, certainly, that if it wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t already Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the annual Republican witch-hunting season is underway.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I thought the ad was disgusting. I felt like the ad was an attack not only on General Petraeus, but on the U.S. Military.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“And I was disappointed that not more leaders in the Democrat party spoke out strongly against that kind of ad.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“And that leads me to come to this conclusion: that most Democrats are afraid of irritating a left-wing group like Moveon.org or more afraid of irritating them, than they are of irritating the United States military.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“That was a sorry deal.Ã¢â‚¬Â
First off, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“Democrat-icÃ¢â‚¬Â party.
You keep pretending youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not a politician, so stop using words your party made up. Show a little respect.
Secondly, you could say this seriously after the advertising/mugging of Senator Max Cleland? After the swift-boating of John Kerry?
But most importantly, making that the last question?
So that there was no chance at a follow-up?
So nobody could point out, as Chris Matthews so incisively did, a week ago tonight, that you were the one who inappropriately interjected General Petraeus into the political dialogue of this nation in the first place!
Deliberately, premeditatedly, and virtually without precedent, you shanghaied a military man as your personal spokesman and now youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re complaining about the outcome, and then running away from the microphone?
Eleven months ago the PresidentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s own party, the Republican National Committee, introduced this very different kind of advertisement, just nineteen days before the mid-term elections.
Al-ZawahiriÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s rumored quote of six years ago about having bought Ã¢â‚¬Å“suitcase bombs.Ã¢â‚¬Â
All set against a ticking clock, and finally a blinding explosion and the dire announcement:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“These are the stakes - vote, November 7th.Ã¢â‚¬Â
That one was ok, Mr. Bush?
Terrorizing your own people in hopes of getting them to vote for your own party has never brought as much as a public comment from you?
The Republican Hamstringing of Captain Max Cleland and lying about Lieutenant John Kerry met with your approval?
But a shot at General Petraeus, about whom you conveniently ignore it, was you who reduced him from four-star hero to a political hack, merits this pissy juvenile blast at the Democrats on national television?
Your hypocrisy is so vast that if we could somehow use it to fill the ranks in Iraq you could realize your dream and keep us fighting there until the year 3000.
The line between the military and the civilian government is not to be crossed.
When Douglas MacArthur attempted to make policy for the United States in Korea half a century ago, President Truman moved quickly to fire him, even though Truman knew it meant his own political suicide, and the deification of a General who history suggests had begun to lose his mind.
When George McClellan tried to make policy for the Union in the Civil War, President Lincoln finally fired his chief General, even though he knew McClellan could galvanize political opposition which he did when McClellan ran as LincolnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s presidential opponent in 1864, nearly defeating our greatest president.
Even when the conduit flowed the other way and Senator Joseph McCarthy tried to smear the Army because it wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t defer the service of one of McCarthyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s staff aides, the entire civilian and Defense Department structures, after four years of fearful servitude, rose up against McCarthy and said Ã¢â‚¬Å“enoughÃ¢â‚¬Â and buried him.
The list is not endless but it is instructive.