Lying sons of bitches.
Tonight, I watched Countdown with Keith Olbermann on MSNBC, a minor American cable news channel with negligible ratings. Olbermann, a former sportscaster, has lately taken to delivering political commentary in the style of his mentor, Edward R. Murrow. Tonight, just moments before he introduced the presidential address, he looked directly into the camera and said:
How dare you, Mr. President, after taking cynical advantage of [the country’s] unanimity and love, and transmuting it into fraudulent war and needless death, after monstrously transforming it into fear and suspicion and turning that fear into the campaign slogan of three elections? How dare you -- or those around you -- ever "spin" 9/11?
Just as the terrorists have succeeded -- are still succeeding -- as long as there is no memorial and no construction here at Ground Zero, so too, have they succeeded, and are still succeeding as long as this government uses 9/11 as a wedge to pit Americans against Americans.
The polite phrase for how so many of us were duped into supporting a war, on the false premise that it had 'something to do' with 9/11 is "lying by implication."
The impolite phrase is "impeachable offense."
We have not forgotten, Mr. President.
May this country forgive you.
You can read the full transcript of his remarks here. Do.