Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Olbermann on Bush's Forthcoming "Sacrifice" Non-Strategy

Keith Olbermann did another editorial on MSNBC's Countdown last night and this one took aim at the plan to soon be announced by George W. Bush to escalate America's involvement in Iraq and deploy at least 20,000 more Americans to be used for more civil-war fodder.

Bush is expected to make an announcement next week that U.S. presence in Iraq will be increased and, according to reports, that American "sacrifice" will be the centerpiece of his new non-strategy.

Here's an excerpt from Olbermann's commentary:
If in your presence an individual tried to sacrifice an American serviceman or woman, would you intervene?

Would you at least protest?

What if he had already sacrificed 3,003 of them?

What if he had already sacrificed 3,003 of them — and was then to announce his intention to sacrifice hundreds, maybe thousands, more?

This is where we stand tonight with the BBC report of President Bush’s “new Iraq strategy,” and his impending speech to the nation, which, according to a quoted senior American official, will be about troop increases and “sacrifice.”

The president has delayed, dawdled and deferred for the month since the release of the Iraq Study Group.

He has seemingly heard out everybody, and listened to none of them.

If the BBC is right — and we can only pray it is not — he has settled on the only solution all the true experts agree cannot possibly work: more American personnel in Iraq, not as trainers for Iraqi troops, but as part of some flabby plan for “sacrifice.”


More American servicemen and women will have their lives risked.

More American servicemen and women will have their lives ended.

More American families will have to bear the unbearable and rationalize the unforgivable —“sacrifice” — sacrifice now, sacrifice tomorrow, sacrifice forever.

And more Americans — more even than the two-thirds who already believe we need fewer troops in Iraq, not more — will have to conclude the president does not have any idea what he’s doing — and that other Americans will have to die for that reason.
There's more (in text) in Olbermann's inimitable style here. And here's the video of the entire commentary:

And, of course, let's all hold our collective breath wondering when Bush's young daughters, Barbara and Jenna, will be enlisting and on their way to Baghdad to contribute to our national sacrifice.