Thursday, February 23, 2006

O'Reilly - Let's Cut and Run

Why does Bill O'Reilly do this? I actually like to do a little work to dig out some information. I almost feel guilty being handed something so perfect, so easy that I almost want to just give it a pass. One shouldn't beat up on the weak. Oh hell, why not. It's O'Reilly.

From Media Matters this little tidbit:

O'REILLY: Somewhat of a disturbing report out of Iraq, and it's more important than it first appears. The governor of -- or the mayor of Karbala, which is a town in the south part of Iraq, Shiite-controlled, has banned any further government dealings with the American military in his province, saying that they're not behaving well.
Now, it's a small little thing, but I picked up on it, because here is the essential problem in Iraq. There are so many nuts in the country -- so many crazies -- that we can't control them. And I don't -- we're never gonna be able to control them. So the only solution to this is to hand over everything to the Iraqis as fast as humanly possible. Because we just can't control these crazy people. This is all over the place. And that was the big mistake about America: They didn't -- it was the crazy-people underestimation. We did not know how to deal with them -- still don't. But they're just all over the place.
To O'Reilly: Maybe we should send you, Bill. From the description you are providing, you'd fit right in. Of course, there are a few other problems aren't there? Like, you broke it, you buy it. You were one of the biggest cheerleaders of this adventure... and now, because you're not getting a warm, fuzzy feeling from it, you want to quit.

But hang on here. Just three months ago, on the Today show, O'Reilly told Katie Couric:

These pinheads running around going, "Get out of Iraq now," don't know what they're talking about. These are the same people before Hitler invaded in World War II that were saying, "Ah, he's not such a bad guy." They don't get it.
Pinheads. Right. Got it.

And then, just weeks ago in a program with that paragon of military virtue and convicted liar, Oliver North, O'Reilly said this about Congressman John Murtha:

O'REILLY: But I think that Murtha and a lot of the critics, OK, don't understand the nobility of the effort in Iraq. Yes, it's screwed up.
NORTH: Amen.
O'REILLY: Yes, they made mistakes. They make mistakes in all war. But the — and I told this to David Letterman today, eye to eye. It's a noble effort. And that should not be undermined. Critiqued, yes, OK?
NORTH: Sure.
O'REILLY: Not undermined.
Bill... you're undermining. Are you trying to confuse all the boys with Cheeto dust on their laps?


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