Keith Olbermann reviews this disastrous presidency


A Daily Kos diarist provides us with a transcription:

George Walker Bush.  43rd president of the United States.  First ever with a criminal record.  Our third story tonight, his presidency: eight years in eight minutes.

Early in 2001 the U.S. fingered Al Qaeda for the bombing of the USS Cole Bush counterterrorism adviser Richard Clarke had a plan to take down Al Qaeda.  Instead by February the NSC had already discussed invading Iraq,and had a plan for post-Saddam Iraq.

By March 5 Bush had a map ready for Iraqi oil exploration and a list of companies. Al Qaeda?  Rice told Clarke not to give Bush a lot of long memos: not a big reader.

August 6, 2001: a CIA analyst briefs Bush on vacation, "Bin Laden determined to strike in U.S." Bush takes no action tells the briefer--quote all right, you've covered your ass now.

Next month Clarke requests using new predator drones to kill Bin Laden; the Pentagon and CIA say no.

September 11th:  Bush remains seated for several minutes to avoid scaring school children by getting up and leaving.  He then flies around the country and promises, quote, a full scale investigation to find those folks who did it.

Rumsfeld says Afghanistan does not have enough targets; we've got to do Iraq.  When the CIA traps Bin Laden at Tora Bora, it asks for 800 rangers to cut off his escape.  Bush outsources the job to Pakistanis sympathetic to the Taliban.  Bin Laden gets away.

In February, General Tommy Franks tells a visiting Senator Bush is moving equipment out of Afghanistan so he can invade Iraq.  One of the men who prepped Rice for her testimony that Bush did not ignore pre-9-11 warnings later explains, quote, we cherry picked things to make it look like the President had been actually concerned about Al Qaeda.  They didn't give a bleep about Al Qaeda.

July and Britain's intel chief says Bush is fixing intelligence and facts around the policy to take out Saddam.

January 03:  Bush and Blair agree to invade in March.  Mr. Bush still telling us he has not decided telling Blair they should paint an airplane in UN colors fly it over Iraq and provoke a response, a pretext for invasion.

The man who said it would take several hundred thousand troops fired. The man who said it would cost more than a hundred billion fired. The man who revealed Bush's yellowcake lie smeared, his wife's covert status exposed. The White House liars who did it and covered it up not fired. One convicted; Bush commutes his sentence.

Then in Iraq, stuff happens: Iraq's army, disbanded the government, de-Baathified    200,000 weapons, billions of dollars just lost, foreign mercenaries immunized from justice, political hacks run the Green Zone, religious cleansing forcing one out of six Iraqis from their homes, Abu Ghraib, the insurgency, Al Qaeda in Iraq.  Other stuff does not happen: WMD, post-war planning, body armor, vehicular armor.

The payoff? Oil and billions for Halliburton, Blackwater and other companies while Mr. Bush denies VA healthcare to 450,000 veterans, tries to raise their healthcare fees, blocks the new G.I. Bill, and increases his own power with the USA PATRIOT Act with the Military Commissions Act.  Public orders exempting himself from a thousand laws and secretly from the Presidential Records Act, the Geneva Conventions, FISA, sparking a mass rebellion at the Justice Department, secret star chambers for terrorism suspects, overturned by Hamdan v Rumsfeld, denying habeas corpus, overturned by Boumediene v Bush.  200 renditionings.  Sleep deprivation abuse.

Rumsfeld warned in 2002 that he was torturing that it would jeopardize convictions out of 550 at Gitmo, hundreds ultimately go free with no charges, dozens are tortured, eight fatally, three are convicted.  

On U.S. soil twelve hundred immigrants rounded up without due process, without bail, without court dates, without a single charge of terrorism.

It wasn't just Mr. Bush no longer subject to the rule of law: he slashed regulations on everyone from banks to mining companies, appointed 98 lobbyists to oversee their own industries, weakening emission standards for mercury and 650 different toxic chemicals.  Regulators shared drugs and their beds with industry reps.  

The Crandall Canyon mine owner told inspectors to back up because his buddy, Republican Mitch McConnell, was sleeping with their boss. McConnell's wife is Bush Labor Secretary Elaine Chao her agency overruled engineer concerns about Crandall Canyon and was found negligent after nine miners died in the collapse there  

Mr. Bush's hands off as Enron blacks out California doubling electric bills after months of rejecting price caps/ Mr. Bush bows to pressure.  The blackouts end.

Mr. Bush further deregulates commodity futures, midwifing the birth of unregulated oil markets which just like Enron jack up prices to an all time high until Congress and both presidential candidates call for regulations,  and the prices fall. Deregulating financial services and lax enforcement of remaining rules created a housing bubble, creating the mortgage crisis, creating then a credit crisis, devastating industries that rely on credit from student loans to car dealers.  Firms that had survived the Great Depression could not survive Bush.  Those that did got seven hundred billion dollars no strings, no transparency, no idea whether it worked, unlike the auto bailout which cut workers' salaries. A GOP memo called it a chance to punish unions.

But Bush failed even when his party and his patrons did not stand to profit.  Investigators blamed management cost cutting communication for missed warnings about Columbia.

Bush administration convicts include sex offenders at Homeland Security, convicted liars, every kind of thief in the calendar, and if you count things that were not prosecuted, the vice president of the United States actually shot a man in the face.  The man apologized.  

Mr. Bush faked the truth with paid propaganda in Iraq, on his education policy, tried to silence the truth about global warming, rocket fuel in our water, industry influence on energy policy, politicized the truth of science at NASA, the EPA, the National Cancer Institute, Fish and Wildlife, and the FDA.  

His lies exposed by whistleblowers from the cabinet down. "Complete BS," the treasury secretary said of Mr. Bush on his tax cuts.  Rice's mushroom cloud.  Powell's mobile labs. Iraq and 9-11.  

Jack Abramoff.  Jessica Lynch.  Pat Tillman. Pat Tillman, again.  Pat Tillman, again.  

The air at Ground Zero: most responders still suffering respiratory problems.  Global warming.  Carbon emissions. A Clear Skies initiative lowering air quality standards.  The Healthy Forests initiative increasing logging.  

Faith-based initiatives.  The cost of medicare reform.  Fired US attorneys.  Politically synchronized terror alerts.  The surge causing insurgents to switch sides.  That abortion causes breast cancer.  That his first recession began under Clinton.  That he did not wiretap without warrants.  That we do not torture.  That American citizen John Walker Lindh's rights were not violated.  That he refused the right to counsel. Heckuva job, Brownie.  Some survivors still in trailers New Orleans still at just two-thirds its usual population.  

The lie that no one could have predicted the economic crisis except the economists who did.  No one could have predicted 9-11 except one ass-covering CIA analyst or thirty.  No one could have predicted the levee breach except literally Mr. Bill in a PSA that aired on TV a year before Katrina.  Bush actually admitted that he lied about not firing Rumsfeld because he did not want to tell the truth.  

Look it up.  

All of it, all of it, and more, leaving us with ten trillion in debt to pay for 31% more in discretionary spending, the Iraq War, a 1.3 trillion dollar tax cut, median income down two thousand dollars, three-quarters of all income gains under Bush going to the richest one percent, unemployment up from 4.2 to 7.2 percent  The Dow, down from 10,587 to 8,277.  Six million now more in poverty.  Seven million more now without health care.  

Buying toxic goods from China, deadly cribs, outsourcing security to Dubai, still insecure in our ports, and at our nuclear plants, more dependent on foreign oil.  Out of the international criminal court, off the anti-ballistic missile treaty.  Military readiness and standards down, with two unfinished wars, a nuclear North Korea, disengaged from the Palestinian problem, destabilizing eastern European diplomacy with anti-missile plans, and unable to keep Russia out of Georgia.  

Two thousand miles of Appalachian streams destroyed by rubble from mountaintop mining.  At his last G-8 summit, he actually bid farewell to other world leaders saying, quote, goodbye from the world's greatest polluter.  

Consistently undermining historic American reverence for the institutions that empower us; education, now "academic elites;" and the law, "activist judges;" capping jury awards.  

And Bin Laden? Living today unmolested in a Pakistani safe haven created by a truce endorsed and defended by George W. Bush.  And among all the gifts he gave to Bin Laden: the most awful, the most damaging, not just to America but to the American ideal, was to further Bin Laden's goal by making us act out of fear rather than fortitude, leaving us with precious little to cling to tonight, save the one thing that might yet suffice: hope.

Our mission henceforth is not just to save the country from what George Bush has done.  The revisionists are going to come.  Our mission is to resist them.  We must make sure with our dying breath that people know what has transpired here that we may never repeat this disaster of a presidency.

Tags: George W. Bush, Keith Olbermann (all tags)

Comments

34 Comments

But

At least Bush wasn't an elitist!

by January 20 2009-01-17 01:11AM | 0 recs
Oh, really?

by Beltway Dem 2009-01-17 01:31AM | 0 recs
Re: Oh, really?

Well, uhm, I think it only counts if there is arugula on your plate.

by January 20 2009-01-17 02:43AM | 0 recs
Or you went to Yale

Oh wait.

by iohs2008 2009-01-17 05:23AM | 0 recs
You know...

...that I can't stand KO, but this was good stuff.

by psychodrew 2009-01-17 03:57AM | 0 recs
Re: You know...

Still holding a grudge from the primaries I see. If you can't see how helpful he has been to the democratic as a whole then I fear you will never get over your loss.

by venician 2009-01-17 09:10AM | 0 recs
Oh venician.

You forgot to call me a racist.

by psychodrew 2009-01-17 10:22AM | 0 recs
Re: Oh venician.

Then psycho, do explain to us just why you don't like him, other then you didn't like that he didn't seem to support Hillary in the primary. And then explain how that out weighs the good that he has done for progressives.

by venician 2009-01-17 10:50AM | 0 recs
It's a waste of time.

There is absolutely no point in my providing an explanation because you will refuse to believe it and then you'll call me a racist.

by psychodrew 2009-01-17 12:05PM | 0 recs
Re: It's a waste of time.

What a cop out. And I have never called you a racist, I have said you were racially insensitive. Which has obviously hit very close to home as you keep gringing it up!

by venician 2009-01-17 12:21PM | 0 recs
Re: It's a waste of time.

Oh venician, you know that you secretly love me.  Who else provides you with so many opportunities to assert your perceived moral superiority?

by psychodrew 2009-01-17 02:19PM | 0 recs
And for the record....

Dr. heal thyself.   One would think with all your learning that you could see for youself how much you are revealing about what you really think of the A.A. community. But then again you never could think past your own skin color.

by venician on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 08:30:00 PM EST

Oh drew, you can't be racist because you have an Asian boyfriend!  Maybe not but you can be racist if you are to be judged by your associations. One should not over look your past history. You are the one who had been posting over at........................NO QUARTER! You know the site, the one where racsim runs rampent. The one where the racist, lip stick wearing, pig, texdarlin posts at.  Birds of a feather. Birds of a feather.

by venician on Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 12:05:25 AM EST

I'm not talking about randow comments. I'm talking about your association with Susanunpc, you know her, she's one of Larry's minions who helped spread the "whitey tapes".

Comment by SusanUnPC | 2008-04-03 21:48:42
There was a chunk of the post missing -- part of it got deleted when it was transferred from Drew's Facebook page to an HTML version mailed to me -- but it's all there now. I'm not all there, but the post is.
http://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/2008/04 03/nafta-again-goolsbee-again#comments

Comment by SusanUnPC | 2008-04-01 17:44:18
Psychodrew, you should write up that oil ad. I have some good info on it if you're interested. You write so well, and you could do a great job of it. I also have the YouTube link to his disgusting ad. You have my e-mail address.
http://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/2008/04 01/another-obama-mistake#comments

In case one doesn't know about susanunpc here's a link   http://sugarmyths.blogspot.com/2008/03/d ear-susanunpc-got-your-white-hood-on.htm l  

Drew it took all of ten minutes to find out about your ugly racist associations to convince me of what your beliefs really are.

by venician on Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 09:53:01 AM EST

by psychodrew 2009-01-17 02:34PM | 0 recs
Re: And for the record....

It seems to me it will be for those here, what to make of your association with her and her whitey tapes smear campaign.

by venician 2009-01-18 11:05AM | 0 recs
Re: And for the record....

If you think that you'll find a shred of evidence that I had anything to with that smear, I encourage you to go look for it.  Right now, all you have are a bunch of paranoid theories.

by psychodrew 2009-01-18 01:27PM | 0 recs
Re: And for the record....

I'm not saying you did, just that you have a personal connection to someone who was involved. And no posts of you trying to dispute it.

by venician 2009-01-18 06:34PM | 0 recs
A "personal connection"?

PUH-LEASE

Good luck on the hunt for reasons to justify your mysterious compulsion to troll my comments.  I'm relieved that you've finally backed off the racist accusations.

by psychodrew 2009-01-18 06:43PM | 0 recs
Re: You know...

I can't stand him either, he's such a nasty adolescent, but when he does a rant on bush he's okay. That's cause bush is also a nasty adolescent, and I like to see them have a go at each other.  Takes one?  

by anna shane 2009-01-17 10:29AM | 0 recs
Nobody puts things more suscinctly

Olbermann is the best at collecting a lot of different factors into one diatribe and making it easy to listen to.

by Dracomicron 2009-01-17 04:25AM | 0 recs
Every time I watch KO...

I realize what a hero he actually is. An imperfect hero, but a hero nonetheless.

Sure, there are things about him I don't like (the special comments seem ranty to me). But he was the first cable television personality to stand up to the Bush B.S., and in an era where it was politically unwise to do so.

by iohs2008 2009-01-17 05:26AM | 0 recs
Re: Keith Olbermann

What will KO do now that bush is gone and maddow is slowly getting better ratings.  

Keith Olb = left version of rush Limbaugh

by MumbaiBurns 2009-01-17 06:40AM | 0 recs
Re: Keith Olbermann

that's the problem, you can't hype how bad bush is, so KO's style works for Bush, but hardly anyone else. he trumps up hate speech for ordinary people and for decent pubic servants and for those who make much smaller errors in judgement.  He can't be anything but over the top, and only bush is more over the top.  But, he does have his fans.  

by anna shane 2009-01-17 10:31AM | 0 recs
He'll do just fine.

The bitter puma crowd couldn't dent him.

by iohs2008 2009-01-17 02:59PM | 0 recs
Re: He'll do just fine.

the opposite.  He helped create bitterness, what a guy.  

Look, it's women he offended, whether or not some liked it.  

by anna shane 2009-01-18 09:08AM | 0 recs
Oh please

It's not women he offended, it's just some women. The same women who believe the simple act of not voting for Hillary is sexist misogyny blah blah blah

by iohs2008 2009-01-19 10:41AM | 0 recs
Re: Keith Olbermann


Who would give Mojo to Mumbai you ask?

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by venician 2009-01-17 11:27AM | 0 recs
They will never give up.

Post-rational.

by Dumbo 2009-01-17 12:59PM | 0 recs
Dumbo's obsession with me endures.

Pre-pubescent.

by psychodrew 2009-01-17 02:35PM | 0 recs
Re: Keith Olbermann

I actually like it when you watch my posts or  mojo's .  

Can you picture Vinicians face and emotions when he saw the mojo's - priceless!

by MumbaiBurns 2009-01-18 04:49AM | 0 recs
Why Democrats should have prosecuted

This is why I think Democrats shouldnt have wimped out of prosecuting this administration. Cheney has gotten away with many crimes. The excuse that the public does not want us to prosecute them is hogwash. They will only repeat what the media will frame for them. The Democrats have been a spectacular failure in framing issues when it comes to crime, specifically the blue dog democrats. If it is a crime committed by a poor minority, we would have Democrats not using some lame excuse that we should look to the future not the past and why waste time on this poor minority. But when it comes to their fellow politicians committing crimes, they look the other way.

If the DEmocrats committed the same crimes the Bushies and Chenyites did, do you think the Republicans wouldnt have been better at riling up public anger?

Another reason to prosecute these bastards is to set a good example for the future. If you keep using the excuse that we should not waste time on the past, THEN YOU WILL HAVE PEOPLE REPEAT THE SAME MISTAKES IN THE FUTURE. This is something sadly even Obama doesnt get. He doesnt realize by ignoring the past, he is not merely doing a reconciliation thing. He has provided cover for these criminals to reemerge at some point in the future because their names havent been tarnished legally.

by Pravin 2009-01-17 10:34AM | 0 recs
Re: Why Democrats should have prosecuted
If the DEmocrats committed the same crimes the Bushies and Chenyites did, do you think the Republicans wouldnt have been better at riling up public anger?


We didn't have to, all we needed was a president that had an affair
by selfevident 2009-01-17 12:15PM | 0 recs
Re: Keith Olbermann
I love KO. I think in the world of people who bring the news to you, he is the only one that does so with any emotion (expect anger, broadcasters do show a lot of anger). He also has a habit of putting things bluntly.
by selfevident 2009-01-17 12:18PM | 0 recs
For a while there,

during the darkest moments of the Bush presidency, he was the only talking head on cable news who spoke truth to power.  He helped reverse a very ugly pendulum.  

And if it weren't for him, we might have to wait longer for a full accounting of Bush's crimes, after he has left.  You can't expect that from Shepard Smith or Andersen Cooper.

by Dumbo 2009-01-17 12:57PM | 0 recs
Confident...

I am confident that history will eventually give Bush his "full due" for his crimes, like legalizing state-sponsored torture.  That will come.

I am less confident that it will get its full airing and due from Obama or the spineless Democratic Congress.

Have faith and patience on that one.  And, yeah, be ready to fight back against the legacy tour.  They will lose, eventually, just as the defenders of Custer and Trail of Tears lost.

by Dumbo 2009-01-17 12:54PM | 0 recs
Re: Keith Olbermann reviews this disastrous presid

Love the Diary. Rec

by canadian 2009-01-18 02:42PM | 0 recs

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