Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Keith Olbermann and Teapot Dome

This is a doberman. It rhymes with Olbermann

Last night, I flipped on MSNBC and caught Keith Olbermann's "Meltdown" show. At first, I figured I must have caught a re-run. Instead of talking about Rod Blagoyevich, Jesse Jackson Jr, Rahm Emanuel or Barack Obama, what do you think Keith was headlining?

Dick Cheney.

That's right, Dick Cheney. No, Darth Vader himself didn't saw his mother in half yesterday. No, Keith Olbermann hasn't tied Cheney to the Teapot Dome scandal (heck, everybody knows that was Nixon.) It seems Cheney, in a recent interview with ABC, stated that he had talked to the CIA in regards to interrogation techniques used on that poor terrorist, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (one of the masterminds of 9-11).

From what we have learned it seems that poor Mr Mohammed was "waterboarded" by interrogators while they were giving him a timeshare presentation for Camp Gitmo. So now, Krazy Keith is opining that Cheney is a war criminal who may be turned over to the World Court in The Hague.

And that was just for starters before Olbermann got into his nightly recitation of what Bush did wrong yesterday and giving Bill O'Reilly his 332nd "Worst Person in the World Award".

Just to prove he is not the only loon on MSNBC, Keith's first guest commentator was.........who else? Richard Wolffe of MSNBC and Newsweek, who is always (nightly in fact) available to echo anything that comes woofin' out the mouth of the Dobermann.

"Thank you, Richard."

"Thank you, Keith."

First of all, Olbermann is giving short shrift to the biggest developing scandal in the country. It seems to Olbermann and his cronies at MSNBC that it all boils down to a crazy governor in Springfield and stops right there. What "Keith the Teeth" is doing is sweeping the Chicago business under the rug lest it get too close to Obama while busily uncovering every last piece of dirt he can find on the Bush Administration.

It leads me to wonder what Keith is going to do after January 20 with his show. Will he spend the next four years going after Bush, or will it be an hour-long infomercial for the Obama Administration-sort of like those bits you used to see on Soviet TV-all the trucks rolling out of the factories staffed with all those heroic factory workers?

Secondly, I don't much care about what the CIA did or didn't to that poor terrorist, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. It probably saved a few thousand lives since it has been revealed that he sang like a bird. If those big, bad CIA types put him through an outlaw biker gang initiation, that's just fine and dandy with me. (What's an outlaw biker gang initiation, you ask?)

You don't wanna know.

So, Mr Olbermann, you keep right on talking about Bush and Cheney for the next four years. Ignore all the scandals that are on the way under Obama and his Chicago buddies. You and Ricard Wolffe, Eugene Robinson, Rachel Maddow, Chuck Todd, and Jonathan Alter can all sit in a big circle, discuss Bush-Cheney et al. See what that does to your ratings.

But what am I talking about? Keith has no ratings to begin with.


Anonymous said...

Setting aside the morality or immorality of torture, it is a proven fact that torture can and will lead to false confessions and intelligence. What's the worst that could happen because of that, though? One word for you: Iraq.

Even President Bush admitted in a recent interview that he would not have invaded Iraq had it not been for the faulty intelligence, much of which was gathered through torture.

Gary Fouse said...


I may be ignorant on this point, but what specific piece of justification for the invasion of Iraq came through torture, and if there was torture-by whom?

Anonymous said...

The torture of Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi led to the faulty intelligence supposedly connecting al Qaeda with Iraq (before the invasion). This was used as a chief justification for the invasion in the lead-up to the war. The torture was at the hands of the U.S. and Egypt.

And although the false intelligence about WMD provided by the source code named "Curveball" wasn't obtained through torture, the administration based (to quote one official) "98%" of its case about WMD on this one source. So it goes to show you what a disaster bad intelligence can lead to.

Findalis said...

Bryan who cares? I don't call it torture in his case. I call it revenge for the deaths of almost 3000 Americans on 9/11. They didn't have a chance to say whether or not to torture.

Anonymous said...

When faced with evidence: who cares? So who cares if we get bad intelligence, right? What's the worst that could happen? Okay so maybe we might invade a country, pour BILLIONS of dollars into it and have it be a disaster. So what, who cares?

Many family members of 9/11 victims have spoken out against torture.

Let me also remind you that vengeance belongs to G-d alone. That's what your religion teaches. (So does mine, for that matter.)