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September 18, 2006

Olbermann on Bush - It is Unacceptable to Think?

Keith Olbermann on MSNBC comments on Bush's reaction on Friday to Colin Powell's letter of last week.  He suggests that the President owes the nation an apology.   Olbermann repeats both the question to the President at the Rose Garden press conference and Bush's response:

Mr. President, former Secretary of State Colin Powell says the world is beginning to doubt the moral basis of our fight against terrorism. If a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and former secretary of state feels this way, don’t you think that Americans and the rest of the world are beginning to wonder whether you’re following a flawed strategy? BUSH: If there’s any comparison between the compassion and decency of the American people and the terrorist tactics of extremists, it’s flawed logic. It’s just — I simply can’t accept that. It’s unacceptable to think that there’s any kind of comparison between the behavior of the United States of America and the action of Islamic extremists who kill innocent women and children to achieve an objective.

And then, without missing a beat, Olbermann says:

Of course it’s acceptable to think that there’s "any kind of comparison."

And in this particular debate, it is not only acceptable, it is obviously necessary.

Some will think that our actions at Abu Ghraib, or in Guantanamo, or in secret prisons in Eastern Europe, are all too comparable to the actions of the extremists.

Some will think that there is no similarity, or, if there is one, it is to the slightest and most unavoidable of degrees.

What all of us will agree on, is that we have the right — we have the duty — to think about the comparison.

And, most importantly, that the other guy, whose opinion about this we cannot fathom, has exactly the same right as we do: to think — and say — what his mind and his heart and his conscience tell him, is right.

All of us agree about that.

Except, it seems, this President.

With increasing rage, he and his administration have begun to tell us, we are not permitted to disagree with them, that we cannot be right. That Colin Powell cannot be right.

Thank you, Mr. Olbermann, for continuing to point out out what is so clearly true. 

Hat Tip to Jane at Firedoglake

Posted by Lynn Allen on September 18, 2006 at 10:27 PM in Media, National and International Politics | Permalink

Comments

Gradually everyone in the World will make this comparison; and it isn't starting to happen! Everywhere I have traveled, since 911, America's methods have been questioned. Today, most of my friends outside the USA are in despair about the America they once knew. Me too! Bush's visceration of our national reputation is without parallel. Skip Conover

Posted by: Skip Conover | Oct 13, 2006 3:29:14 AM

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