Ever wonder why his MSNBC program Countdown is currently kicking the living crap out of Falafel Bill’s FUX Snooze gabfest???
Try closing essays like this outstanding thermonuclear blast directed at Field Marshal Don von Rumsfeld…ahhhh, I mean, Secretary of Defense Don Rumsfeld…. on the instance of his American Legion speech last week. You know…the one where Rummy warns the nation that opposition to his Lord and Master’s…..errrrrr, President-Select Dubya’s…..war games amount to nothing more than handing the country to “the terrorists” on a silver platter.
Better yet, go over to Crooks and Liars and see the live segment yourself (and yes, you can download it, too).
The entire essay is a wall-to-wall beatdown of wingnut insanity….but this excerpt is especially worthwile:
But back to today’s Omniscient ones.
That, about which Mr. Rumsfeld is confused is simply this: This is a Democracy. Still. Sometimes just barely.
And, as such, all voices count — not just his.
Had he or his president perhaps proven any of their prior claims of omniscience — about Osama Bin Laden’s plans five years ago, about Saddam Hussein’s weapons four years ago, about Hurricane Katrina’s impact one year ago — we all might be able to swallow hard, and accept their “omniscience” as a bearable, even useful recipe, of fact, plus ego.
But, to date, this government has proved little besides its own arrogance, and its own hubris.
Mr. Rumsfeld is also personally confused, morally or intellectually, about his own standing in this matter. From Iraq to Katrina, to the entire “Fog of Fear” which continues to envelop this nation, he, Mr. Bush, Mr. Cheney, and their cronies have — inadvertently or intentionally — profited and benefited, both personally, and politically.
And yet he can stand up, in public, and question the morality and the intellect of those of us who dare ask just for the receipt for the Emporer’s New Clothes?
In what country was Mr. Rumsfeld raised? As a child, of whose heroism did he read? On what side of the battle for freedom did he dream one day to fight? With what country has he confused the United States of America?
The confusion we — as its citizens— must now address, is stark and forbidding.
But variations of it have faced our forefathers, when men like Nixon and McCarthy and Curtis LeMay have darkened our skies and obscured our flag. Note — with hope in your heart — that those earlier Americans always found their way to the light, and we can, too.
The confusion is about whether this Secretary of Defense, and this administration, are in fact now accomplishing what they claim the terrorists seek: The destruction of our freedoms, the very ones for which the same veterans Mr. Rumsfeld addressed yesterday in Salt Lake City, so valiantly fought.
And about Mr. Rumsfeld’s other main assertion, that this country faces a “new type of fascism.”
As he was correct to remind us how a government that knew everything could get everything wrong, so too was he right when he said that — though probably not in the way he thought he meant it.
This country faces a new type of fascism – indeed.
That MSNBC would give KO that much freedom to lay such a whupping on one of Bush’s chief cronies says a lot about the changing times.
Now..if only the freakin’ Democrats would implant a fraction of Olbermann’s spine and balls and speak the truth as he just did…