While I know it’s a partisan rant by Olbermann, I have to say that he expressed my feeling exactly. When are these partisan hacks in the Bush Admistration gonna learn that they only shoot themselves in the foot when they do this. Surely the general populace isn’t totally stupid. Or maybe I’m too partisan for my own good.
Chertoff’s remarks from this week include
Chertoff should have been gone after Katrina. But he lingers on.
Sorry, not an over-the-top rant. Almost sad. Sad for the state of my current government.
Sometime between 7ish and 11:45 today on NPR Chertoff said he thought of his ‘gut instinct’ more as an ‘informed conclusion’. Can we say 'backpedal into a steaming load of horseshit? Hunches are not based on facts at all, let alone reasoned thought.
It’s a win-win for the administration every time they pull this stunt. If the attack comes, they can say “See, we told you! We told you there’d be an attack but once those wimpy Democrats took control of Congress, this was bound to happen.” If the attack doesn’t come they can say “See, in spite of those namby-pamby Democrats, we’ve kept you safe from the boogeyman.”
I see he’s from the Stephen Colbert school of governing.
You can’t even satirize this administration because, to the horror of most, they behave even worse than the joke you’ve made. Let’s nominate The Onion for a Pulitzer.
The whole point of the “Al Qaida strongest than since 9/11” propaganda released at this moment in time wasn’t so much to scare the American public about another attack on U.S.soil, as it was to bolster support for spending more blood and treasure in the Mesopotamian Vortex.
Every single article (all based on an AP story I think) I read about this before today consisted of two different stories. The first half laid the smokescreen by mentioning some intel report warning about Al Qaida’s new-found power emanating from the Afghanistan/Pakistan border area. Then suddenly, halfway through the story we get this:
WTF? Iraq? What does that have to do with this?? Oh. I see now! You are actually going to spin this into another argument to stay in Iraq for many more corner-turns and Friedmans, aren’t you? (BTW, which is longer a “corner-turn” or a “Friedman”?)
I guess this line of bull will work as long as most of the dunderheads believe that those fighting in Iraq as “Al Qaida” are of the same group that attacked the USA in 2001.
At least when CNN.com gave their version of the government handout today they lopped off the part about Iraq entirely.
On a side-note: does Chertoff’s gut turn different colors to indicate the present threat level?
And on a side to the side-note, I want to take this opportunity to say again how ridiculous the color-coded warning system is if for no other reason than it is effectively binary-- a choice between only two levels of danger-- since it only moves back-and-forth between Yellow and Orange. It will never be Blue or Green, and it will never be Red unless we have already been attacked, at which point it doesn’t matter.
So that’s the best they can do as a warning system “Yes” or “No”, “Black” or “White”? I suppose it shouldn’t surprise me coming from an administration so discriminating that it labels every entity in the world as “with us” or “against us”.
(on edit-- did they really stop using the dandy candy-colored alert system? Did they just change it to: Yes or No?)
Aw, man, I was hoping this would link to a video of Keith Olbermann making fun of Chertoff for being fat.
"Over the course of the last six years of this administration, it has become increasingly clear that Michael Chertoff is a fatty fat-ass McPhaterson. Not since the days of William Howard Taft has the White House been host to such a shameless display of corpulence. Mr. Chertoff, I say to you: lose some weight, blob butt.