The US 4th estate is again not covering these matters sufficiently, but Herr Karl is lying about who started big bro 43's personal, illegal, first time in US history's, pre-emptive war against Iraq, and W's crony judges have perverted our legal system because if they didn't W would assuredly be impeached. The Democrats aren't being assertive enough about the latter because they wrongly promised that impeachment was out of the question as it would bring the government to a screeching halt. They have to change that stance because that is exactly what we need to constrain the vile cur W!
On "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" for Nov. 27 2007 at
shows how the grand propagandist "Turd Blossom" is "Rewriting history - Iraq was Congress' war on Congress' timetable." How stupid do they take us to be?
Olbermann states "With the presidential election of 2008 firmly in mind, the Republican Party's former Mayberry Machiavelli, Karl Rove has set his sights on 2002. Not the one you experienced but a brand new 2002. On the eve of
Thanksgiving, Rove began signaling Republicans to blame the Iraq war not on Mr. Bush but on Congress. It is Congress' fault America invaded Iraq when it did because the Congress voted to authorized the use of military force in Iraq too soon. Mr. Rove's remarkable remarks coming in an interview with Charlie Rose.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
ROVE: One of the untold stories about the war is why did the United States Congress, the United States Senate vote on the war resolution in the fall of 2002?
CHARLIE ROSE, HOST: Why?
ROVE: This administration was opposed to it. I'm going to talk about that in my book....
ROSE: Give me something.
ROVE: I just did. I told you the administration was opposed to voting on it in the Fall of 2002....
ROVE: Because, we didn't think it belonged within the confines of the election.
There was an election coming up in a matter of weeks. We thought it made it too political. We wanted it outside the confines of it. It seemed to make things move too fast. There were things that needed to be done to bring along allies and potential allies abroad."
OLBERMANN: It's an untold story because it isn't true. Here is what really happened according to a radical Web site called Whitehouse.gov, despite Rove's claim that the White House opposed voting on Iraq in the Fall of 2002, on the first full day of Fall that year the president urged Congress to pass an Iraq resolution, quote, "Promptly." A week later, the president and the House Republicans agreed on Iraq resolution. A week after that, President Bush was pleased with the House vote on Iraq. And a week after that, Mr. Bush signed the authorization for the use of military force in Iraq."
shows how W was forcing Congress to go along with his vile bellicosity-not vice versa as Herr Karl suggests, and telegraphs his hypocrisy as "The United States will ask the U.N. Security Council to convene on February the 5th to consider the facts of Iraq's ongoing defiance of the world. Secretary of State Powell will present information and intelligence about Iraqi's -- Iraq's illegal weapons programs, its attempts to hide those weapons from inspectors and its links to terrorist groups. We will consult, but let there be no misunderstanding: If Saddam Hussein does not fully disarm for the safety of our people, and for the peace of the world, we will lead a coalition to disarm him."
We know how Powell's propaganda pitch went and how he curses that presentation until today.
Another contemporaneous October 3, 2002 article "DEBATING IRAQ" at
shows how the Democrats were against the use of military force as Democrat Senator Levin was asked "let's zero in right away on the two main points of difference --one of
the two main points of difference between yourself and the White House on this -- and that is that you do not want the President to be able to go it alone without the U.N. authorization, without coming back to Congress again. Explain why.
If the world community is not behind the use of force, there are very large risks in going it alone and before the President is authorized to do that, I think we should come back to the Congress and my resolution would make it easier for him to do that because I would not recess the Congress at this point."
Last night Olbermann said to his guest Arianna Huffington "Is this the work of A, the boy genius who got Bush elected or B, the proverbial Turd Blossom who lost Congress. And whichever the answer is, what is he up to?"
HUFFINGTON: I think it's neither. I think it's the work of a shameless, remorseless and, perhaps, soulless political animal who cannot help himself even when he's out of the White House trying to rewrite history in his own way. This is going to be a very lucrative march for Karl Rove because clearly he has his book. He has his "Newsweek" column. He's going to have many speaking engagements. And during that whole time, he's clearly determined to wash away the greatest debacle, the greatest disaster of the Bush administration. Not his own time there, which is the war in Iraq.
OLBERMANN: Never mind his book, can he put out his own encyclopedia with all these facts that nobody else knows. But we've all used George Orwell references and 1984 references so much that the state of Eric Blair ought to be suing us for copyright violations. But this really is that book, isn't it? Can't you now just see John Hurt talking into the Dictaphone, rewriting the old newspapers with Karl Rove over his soldier to eliminate inconvenient facts? Is this not the practical application of he who controls the past controls the future?
HUFFINGTON: It is. But the only problem is that when 1984 was written, Google and Lexus nexus did not exist. And right now they do. And you could go to the White House Web site and we can go to endless statements about that time. We can go to the fact that Karl Rove and Dick Cheney had created the Iraq study group. Remember the White House's main objective was to sell, sell, sell that war. I actually happened to be at a conference in Aspen in September 2002 before that vote when Karl Rove himself spoke and was so a bit about that war.
I remember him saying things like we have Rumsfeld's new army which is going to basically produce this liberation of Iraq, casualty-free. And he was completely elated about the prospect of dominating the Middle East by invading Iraq. So, I've seen the chutzpa of this man is not going to work this time. You see it worked easier when he was in the White House because he had that amazing platform, that amazing bully pulpit. But, right now, as a private citizen, it's going to be much harder to pull that off.
OLBERMANN: Although, I trusted the integrity of the Internet, except I worry about the telecom companies after what we've seen them do, you never know. But the former Senate majority leader Tom Daschle, the Democrat said he met with the White House in September 2002. He was asking Bush why the rush for an Iraq resolution and his quote was, "He (Mr. Bush) looked at Cheney and he looked at me. And there was a half-smile on his face. And he said: 'We just have to do this now." There's one hitch in this thing with Rove, the unexamined possibility that he's telling the truth, that the administration really did not want to go at that time. They wanted to wait for some reason. If that's the case, did Mr. Rove just paint his boss as, again, blatantly lying to Congress and the nation in the run-up to war in a new way we didn't know about?"
HUFFINGTON: I'm sorry, Keith. I don't think there is any possibility that what Karl Rove is saying has any connection to the truth. There is just too much evidence..It doesn't matter what Karl Rove says. The truth is the truth. It exists. It's real. And he can't change it.
OLBERMANN: All right. We'll write it down and save it for me because I'm worried about it."
It is really a sad day for the US when a guy who I clearly loved by the US-look at the pre-sale interest that Olbermann's book has elicited, can be afraid that is honest perception of external reality can be altered by those who attempt to create their own reality with inane sound-bytes being used as logical platforms.