Friday, December 07, 2007

What Olbermann's NIE Special Comment Missed

by Aileen, at People First Politics. and cross posted to DailyKos


Many years ago during the worst of the paranoid breakdown of "Tricky Dick" before his forced resignation, and again during the sneaky, behind-the-scenes horrors being brought to light in those infamous Iran-Contra hearings that made Ollie North such a wingnut hero, I used to console myself with the thought...

"As long as Frank Zappa is running around free, this is still America!"

Today, as we enter year number 8 of the most damaging and destructive American administration of my [Truman+] lifetime, Frank Zappa is dead and the steady erosion of our rights and standing in the world is worse than I've ever seen it. But I do have another true hero of freedom to console myself with...

"As long as Keith Olbermann is running around free, this is still America!"

Maybe it's because I was born into the US Navy (NIS planning officer) where courage and resolve and honesty and patriotism were a way of life my siblings and I were fed along with mother's milk. Qualities completely expected and always encouraged, a reflection of total dedication to defending and preserving that which was most noble about our nation's aspirations as a beacon of freedom in the wider world. We were proud of that even if we were always "the new kid" in our classes for moving around the country/world a lot, always picked on by the bigger kids for being outsiders or having funny accents or just for being 'military brats'.

So when Keith Olbermann looked right into the MSNBC camera this past Wednesday and said to the current occupant of the White House that...

"The Chicken Little of presidents is the one, sir, that you see in the mirror."

...I just had to laugh out loud. If that idiot child at 1600 was watching, the whole thing no doubt went right over his pin-sized head. I have no doubt he has no idea who the heck Chicken Little is, and hasn't the IQ to find out. Why, as this nation was being attacked on 9-11 he was having real trouble following along with the kindergartners reading "My Pet Goat," and was far more interested in how that story turned out than in what was happening in New York City.

God bless you, K.O., and keep you free!

I do have to take minor issue with one of the statements in Olbermann's special comment, for reasons of historical accuracy and to explain just a little bit about how we ended up with a certifiable moron in the White House. Because if we don't understand the history we're bound to get saddled with this type of situation regularly in the future. For so long as there is a future, which is questionable if this sort of thing is allowed.

Olbermann said, just two sentences after the Chicken Little remark...

"It is nearly forgotten today, but throughout much of Ronald Reagan's presidency, it was widely believed that he was little more than a front-man for some never-viewed, behind-the-scenes string-puller."

Because there is direct pertinence to the situation in which we find ourselves today, I think it's important to set the record straight. The behind-the-scenes string-puller for the "Great Communicator" was in plain sight, spending much less time in secret bunkers than the current string-pulling cyborg. His name, as CIA baggage handler Eugene Hasenfus confessed to his Sandanista captors after parachuting out of a C-123 shot down over Nicaragua in October of 1986, was George Bush. The ex-DCI [Director of Central Intelligence] who was at that time Vice President of the United States.

Yet there was a Master of Puppets behind that not-invisible string-puller. Dick Cheney invented the presidential puppet show back when he was Chief of Staff to president Gerald Ford (who got the job after Nixon's resignation). Arrange for a certifiable idiot to occupy the oval office, use him as cover for all sorts of nefarious, traitorous deeds. It was Cheney - with help from Ford's SecDef Donald Rumsfeld - who arranged to have our current president's father appointed by Ford to head the CIA, and got himself appointed Secretary of Defense for the elder Bush's single term. It was Cheney who managed the coverup of Iran-Contra from Congress (and defense of Ollie North). It was Cheney who pulled VP George H.W. Bush's strings for the entire operation.

Senior Bush was no genius, but he was a whole lot smarter than his #1 son. Getting #1 son elected in 2000 was Dick Cheney's self-appointed task, and he's had a puppet ever since with real sawdust for brains, his dream tool. It was Cheney who orchestrated Gulf War-I for the father, and Cheney who orchestrated the Iraq war for the son. It is Cheney who intends to attack Iran and scripts the puppet's badly delivered macho posturing. He's been the Puppet Master for decades, and has almost single-handedly pulled the strings of US intelligence and military policy during all that time (with a little sabbatical in between to be CEO of Halliburton).

But the generations changed while he was hiding in his bunker picking and choosing strings to pull. His deliberate outing of Valerie Plame and the entire CIA Brewster-Jennings counter-proliferation operation pissed some real patriots off big time. They have now turned en masse against him - all 16 intelligence arms of government including all military intelligence branches. They've told the truth and Cheney can't get any more sympathy by conveniently traipsing off to Bethesda to have his cyber-heart recalibrated. His time is up.

It's time to impeach ventriloquist Cheney and his puppet, before this master of puppets makes good on an extremely suspicious violation of absolute fail safes for the US nuclear stockpile to start an unauthorized, unimaginably damaging nuclear war.


Blogger Drama Queen said...

Okay, I'm good with all you say but it begs the question who's handling Cheney?

And did you notice that one side of his face is completely different from the other? Isn't there some psychological diagnosis for that?

5:21 PM, December 07, 2007  
Blogger Joy said...

Cheney's an operative for another, more invisible hand. No doubt. It can be as collective a nightmare as the collective can produce.

11:58 PM, December 09, 2007  
Anonymous Hamilton said...

Aside from gas prices being higher... in what way has your life changed since Bush came into office?

12:51 AM, December 12, 2007  
Blogger Randall said...

I've become less hopeful but more alert.

12:57 AM, December 12, 2007  

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