Olberman

I do not usually watch his show, but from the clips and transcripts I've been seeing, Keith Olberman has done an amazingly impressive job of cataloging and explaining just what is so wrong with the Bush administration.  This recent commentary was terrific.  You can see the video and read the transcript here.  Here's a long, but definitely worth reading, excerpt::

The Senator, in essence, called Mr. Bush stupid.

The context was unmistakable: Texas;the state of denial;stuck in Iraq. No interpretation required.

And Mr. Bush and his minions responded, by appearing to be too stupid to realize that they had been called stupid.

They demanded Kerry apologize ? to the troops in Iraq.

And so he now has.

That phrase “appearing to be too stupid” is used deliberately, Mr. Bush.

Because there are only three possibilities here:

One, sir, is that you are far more stupid than the worst of your
critics have suggested; that you could not follow the construction of a
simple sentence; that you could not recognize your own life story when
it was deftly summarized; that you could not perceive it was the sad
ledger of your presidency that was being recounted.

This, of course, compliments you, Mr. Bush, because even those who
do not “make the most of it,” who do not “study hard,” who do not “do
their homework,” and who do not “make an effort to be smart” might
still just be stupid ? but honest.

No; the first option, sir, is, at best, improbable. You are not honest.

The second option is that you and those who work for you
deliberately twisted what Senator Kerry said to fit your political
template. That you decided to take advantage of it, to once again
pretend that the attacks, solely about your own incompetence, were in
fact attacks on the troops ? or even on the nation itself.

The third possibility is, obviously, the nightmare scenario; that the first two options are in some way conflated.

That it is both politically convenient for you, and personally
satisfying to you, to confuse yourself with the country for which, sir,
you work.

A brief reminder, Mr. Bush: You are not the United States of America.

You are merely a politician whose entire legacy will have been a
willingness to make anything political ? to have, in this case, refused
to acknowledge that the insult wasn't about the troops, and that the
insult was not even truly about you either ? that the insult, in fact,
is you.

So now John Kerry has apologized to the troops; apologized for the Republicans' deliberate distortions.

Thus the President will now begin the apologies he owes our troops, right?

This President must apologize to the troops ? for having suggested,
six weeks ago, that the chaos in Iraq, the death and the carnage, the
slaughtered Iraqi civilians and the dead American service personnel,
will, to history, quote “look like just a comma.”

This President must apologize to the troops ? because the
intelligence he claims led us into Iraq proved to be undeniably and
irredeemably wrong.

This President must apologize to the troops ? for having laughed
about the failure of that intelligence, at a banquet, while our troops
were in harm's way.

This President must apologize to the troops ? because the streets of
Iraq were not strewn with flowers and its residents did not greet them
as liberators.

This President must apologize to the troops ? because his administration ran out of “plan” after barely two months.

This President must apologize to the troops ? for getting 2,815 of them killed.

This President must apologize to the troops ? for getting this country into a war without a clue.

And Mr. Bush owes us an apology? for this destructive and omnivorous presidency.

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