Wednesday, January 03, 2007


Olbermann has a special comment, on the McCain Doctrine and the “Sacrifice” of more troops.

Go watch it and/or read the transcript over at Crooks and Liars, but I wanted to highlight one section:

And the war's second accomplishment — your second accomplishment, sir - is to have taken money out of the pockets of every American, even out of the pockets of the dead soldiers on the battlefield, and their families, and to have given that money to the war profiteers.

Because if you sell the Army a thousand Humvees, you can't sell them any more, until the first thousand have been destroyed.

The service men and women are ancillary to the equation.

This is about the planned obsolescence of ordnance, isn't, Mr. Bush? And the building of detention centers? And the design of a 125-million dollar courtroom complex at Gitmo complete with restaurants.

At least the war profiteers have made their money, sir.
Wow. Looks like The Motivation That Dare Not Speak It's Name (big bucks for the war machine) is now hitting the airwaves. Most of the rest of what he spoke on was sadly familiar but aside from cutesy, toothless pieces on whether or not Halliburton was making too much money the war profiteer aspect has been quite clearly overlooked.

No longer, apparently.

(Of course, the Washington Corps are still going to ignore it, but judging by this weak, watery emission from Newt Gingrich about supposed "hate speech", apparently at least one prospective presidential candidate is a little worried by Olbermann. They should be; even Gingrich admits that the "poor ratings" line doesn't work anymore, and Olbermann's notoriety is a bonanza of publicity and eyeballs for MSNBC. Compared with Fox's tired recitation of Republican talking points and CNN's lack of even Fox's stable of political commentators (with the exception of Glenn Beck on Headline News), MSNBC has a damned good weapon in The Countdown.)

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