Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Tonight I had Red Beans,

but the other day, Olbermann had Rice.

Thank you, Keith. Thank you.

You should read the whole thing, (or watch it) but my personal favorite quotes I will share:

However, even through the clouds of deliberately spread fear, and even under the weight of a thousand exaggerations of the five years past, one can just barely make out how a battle against international terrorism in 2007 could be compared — by some — to the Second World War.

The analogy is weak, and it instantly begs the question of why those of "The Greatest Generation" focused on Hitler and Hirohito, but our leaders seem to have ignored their vague parallels of today to instead concentrate on the Mussolinis of modern terrorism.
As someone who chafes under those ill-conceived comparisons and hyperbolic history, this is the one of the best comparisons I have ever heard.

The resolution that allowed the United States to" overthrow Hitler?

On the 11th of December, 1941, at 8 o'clock in the morning, two of Hitler's diplomats walked up to the State Department — your office, Secretary Rice -- and 90 minutes later they were handing a declaration of war to the chief of the department's European Division. The Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor four days earlier, and the Germans simply piled on.

Your predecessors, Dr. Rice, didn't spend a year making up phony evidence and mistaking German balloon-inflating trucks for mobile germ warfare labs. They didn't pretend the world was ending because a tin-pot tyrant couldn't hand over the chemical weapons it turned out he'd destroyed a decade earlier. The Germans walked up to the front door of our State Department and said, "We're at war." It was in all the papers. And when that war ended, more than three horrible years later, our troops and the Russians were in Berlin. And we stayed, as an occupying force, well into the 1950s. As an occupying force, Madam Secretary!
Y'all remember that 'Germany didn't attack the USA in WWII' email I wrote about recieving? Looks like someone got hold of it up in the State Department, too.

And then, the coup de grace:
But then there's this part about changing "the resolution" about Iraq; that it would be as ridiculous in the secretary's eyes as saying that after Hitler was defeated, we needed to go back to Congress to "deal with creating a stable environment in Europe after he was overthrown."

Oh, good grief, Secretary Rice, that's exactly what we did do! We went back to Congress to deal with creating a stable environment in Europe after Hitler was overthrown! It was called the Marshall Plan.


Gen. George Catlett Marshall!

Secretary of state!

The job you have now!

So much for that 'student of history' thing Sec. Rice claims to be. More like a student of alternate reality.

Speaking of alternate realities, pointing out gross chicanery, excellent videos by comedian/newspeople and in the name of fairness and balance, I point you to the big conservative Gotcha! of the week: Al Gore's house, by DADvocate.

I'll say that, while I snickered at many of the quotes, the John Stewart piece left me in absolute tears. Though I question the seriousness with which many on the right have in equating the discredit of Al Gore with the discredit of the global warming phenomena specifically and environmental issues as a whole, I must begina conversation with my fellows on the left side (strong side): we may need a new mascot for the Global Warming team. At this point, Mr. Gore may be doing far more damage to the issue than is wise.


dadvocate said...

Thanks for the link.

While I play the devil's advocate with global warming, I don't dismiss that the Earth may be warming. It's been as much warmer during times past when humans didn't exist.

I am a firm believer in conservation and ecological responsibility which would cover what needs to be done to combat human contribution to global warming if it is truly occuring. But I also firmly believe Gore's interest in all this is primarily power and self-promotion.

As for a new mascot, try Ed Bagley, Jr.. I recently saw him and his wife interviewed on TV. They refused the limo ride to the studio but drove their hybrid Toyota instead. He talks the talk AND walks the walk.

liberalandproud said...

That is my favorite Special Comment yet. "Use the Google!" Hehe. I've been trying to post that video through youtube all week, but I haven't been able to post videos since I switched to new blogger. Beginning to question the wisdom of the switch.

Dante said...

Given that my entire response I just wrote was eaten, I too am questioning the switch to the new Blogger. Here's a Cliff Notes version:

-Leo DiCapprio also walks walk on environment. (I'm a bigger fan of Begley.)

-Right not as skeptical of environmental issues as they are of envrionmentalists.

-Too many envirnonmentalists use fear to control and tax the people. When you see someone like Gore who is talking ideas like carbon footprint taxation, championing the environment, and burning up more energy powering his house than I could by setting random oil fires, you get the idea this is another tax and control ploy.

ashleymorris said...

My wife grew up in Prague. Supposedly, Ms Rice is a specialist in the history of Bohemia. My wife is not impressed, and neither are any of my colleagues who had to deal with her at Stanford.

Looks like she's good at repeating facts, but not synthesizing them.

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

Rice majored in Bohemian???

That is just tooo good, and the joke just writes itself.