Keith Olbermann's comment on "sacrifice" is his best ever, and the one that is most important for our leaders to hear. If Congress is unable to stop Bush from ordering tens of thousands more Americans to jump into the volcano, what will we, as Americans, do?
I refuse to believe that this one man has absolute, unchecked power. That all we can do is shrug and say, "Well, it's only a couple more years." How much senseless death does it take for us to say we have had enough? At what point will we rise up, with pitchforks and torches if need be, and say, "No more"?
As Keith says:
Your citizens, the people for whom you work, have told you they do not want this, and moreover, they do not want you to do this. Yet once again, sir, you have ignored all of us. Mr. Bush, you do not own this country!
The additional men and women you have sentenced to go there, sir, will serve only as targets. They will not be there “short-term,” Mr. Bush; for many it will mean a year or more in death’s shadow. This is not temporary, Mr. Bush. For the Americans who will die because of you, it will be as permanent as it gets.
Everyone talks about how we have to stay there, or the region will fall into chaos. I'm sorry, I don't accept that. I'm no expert, but I will say out loud what we all know to be true:
If anyone asks, "What will happen in Iraq if we pull out now?" the correct answer is, "At the very worst, it will be exactly the same as if we stayed, except Americans won't be killed."
We're training the Iraqis to police their own country? I'm still wondering why it is that these people can't learn in three years what our soldiers learn in two months of basic training.
Maybe the Iraqi leadership is just stupid. As anyone who saw the Hussein execution video can see, these idiots can't even control a room with 14 people in it! How can we expect them to control the most war-torn country in the world?
They say they searched every one of the 14 people for cell phones. I went to a premiere at Grauman's Chinese, and more than a thousand of us were searched for cell phones. Why can't one small room in Iraq be run at least as efficiently as a goddamn movie theater?
Maybe the Iraqi military is just full of pricks. I saw a mother on Today this week who learned that her son was shot in the back by the very Iraqis he was training. Anecdotal, you say? Let's not forget that from those hand-picked guards at the Hussein execution were heard cheers for Sadr. WTF?!
Enough. We've known all along this war had nothing to do with freedom or democracy or anything noble. We may never know what the real reasons were -- though we have our suspicions -- but we can't afford to be polite any more. How can anyone watch the slaughter of our bravest and not be furious?
Even if Bush is not evil -- a big if -- he's still tragically stupid. By sending in more troops he is making a classic mistake every gambler is familiar with. Let's say you had a friend who lost every cent he had in the world at the blackjack table, and he said to you, "Just lend me a couple of grand, so I can get even." Would you lend it to him?
When you told him he was crazy and should leave the casino with you right now, he'd probably say, "But if I leave now, I have no shot to get my money back! At least if I stay I could win."
That's a disease. You'd stage an intervention.
When does Bush get his intervention?