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Keith Olbermann: Harsh Criticism of the Bush Administration (Video)

By Nathan Schmitt

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Last night, Keith Olbermann had some very harsh words for President Bush regarding the Bush Administration’s use of water boarding, among other issues. He directly addresses the President. Very harsh.

But at last this frightful plan is ending with an unexpected crash, the shocking reality that no matter how thoroughly you might try to extinguish them, Mr. Bush, how thoroughly you tried to brand disagreement as disloyalty, Mr. Bush, there are still people like Daniel Levin who believe in the United States of America as true freedom, where we are better, not because of schemes and wars, but because of dreams and morals.

And ultimately these men, these patriots, will defeat you and they will return this country to its righteous standards, and to its rightful owners, the people.” (1)

Also, Olbermann talks about former U.S. Acting Assistant Attorney General Daniel Levin:

“‘Waterboarding is torture,’ Daniel Levin was to write.

Charged — as you heard in the story from ABC News last Friday — with assessing the relative legality of the various nightmares in the Pandora’s box that is the Orwell-worthy euphemism “Enhanced Interrogation,” Mr. Levin decided that the simplest, and the most honest, way to evaluate them… was to have them enacted upon himself.

Daniel Levin took himself to a military base and let himself be water-boarded.” (2)

November 6, 2007 Posted by | Countdown with Keith Olbermann, George W. Bush, Nathan Schmitt, Torture, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

President Bush Criticizes Congress: A Response (Video)

By Nathan Schmitt

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Yesterday, I wrote about the President’s very harsh criticisms of Congress in a speech he gave that morning. I was glad to see this clip from “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” a mainstream news media source, point out some of the rational flaws (to say the least) with that speech. However, I must say that I could do without Olbermann’s openly hostile tone and occasional jabs. There seem to be a lot of things wrong with the system and those in charge, but hostility doesn’t seem like the most effective means of change.

Near the end of the video, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi responds to Bush’s criticisms of Congress.

October 31, 2007 Posted by | Congress, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Economics, General Discourse, George W. Bush, House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, Nathan Schmitt, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

Valerie Plame Wilson: Iran Opinion (Video)

Valerie Plame Wilson was on Countdown (external video link) with Keith Olbermann tonight weighing in on the current situation with Iran and their nuclear ambitions, as well as how the media covered the leak of her name.

Olbermann: “You’ve dealt with intelligence, you’ve dealt with Iran […] what are the questions that we should be asking that haven’t been asked yet about this topic?”

Wilson: “There’s no doubt that there’s malevolent intent on behalf of Iran, that they are seeking nuclear weapons; there’s no question about that. But we are a great country and I believe that as a great country we can afford to speak to everyone, even our enemies, and the idea of not using every single tool that we have available to us, primarily diplomacy, is unfortunate. And obviously our international credibility, moral authority, has been severely eroded in the debacle in Iraq.” (1)

Plame on surviving the Washington spy game
Valerie Plame Wislon discusses Iran and the leak of her name (Click for external video link)

October 23, 2007 Posted by | Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Iran, Nuclear weapons, Valerie Plame Wilson, Video | , , , , | Leave a comment