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O'Reilly: Bush invaded Iraq to create friendly country

Reported by Chrish - March 7, 2006

In his Talking Points Memo today 3/6/06, Fox's Bill O'Reilly attempted to lay out the Bush strategy for the "war on terror". He began with the premise that the only way to defeat Al Queda and other terror groups is to deny them sanctuary, i.e. a place to congregate and plan. This appears to be in direct conflict with the grand opening of World Terror Headquarters in Iraq precipitated by his ill-planned invasion. O'Reilly lays out the reasoning behind that invasion (Disregard all previous explanantions; this one is true. Really. Trust him.)

O'Reilly: "Iraq was invaded to create a friendly country between Iran and Syria, thereby pressuring those nations into a more sensible foreign policy." Not to be confused with "if the Americans go in and overthrow Saddam Hussein and it's clean, he has nothing, I will apologize to the nation, and I will not trust the Bush administration again.")

He does allow that the Iraq "conflict" has been much more difficult than the Bush administration had anticpated, and "the conflict" rages on. With the help of a color-coded graphic, the big BORe explains who is friend and who is foe in the area, pointing out that the UAE, Jordan, Kuwait, Egypt and Afghanistan are friends. He comments that "that's why the ports debacle is so serious" referring to the UAE, but fails to mention that our friends in Afghanistan are reverting to savage anti-women behaviors, including the recent beheading of a man who dared to teach girls. Saudi Arabia and Pakistan help the US "only when they feel like it", though as the Saudi royal family feels more threatened by Al Queda and Iran they are becoming more helpful to the US. How much friendlier can they get with this administration? Brokeback Ranch, anyone?
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Pakistan is "dicey". If Musharraf is assassinated there would be a bloodbath, as Islamic fanatics are everywhere. Having two US-friendly countries on either side makes it easier for Musharraf to survive. The rest of the area, appropriately colored yellow, are staying out of it.

O'Reilly claims that Bush has been effective in keeping Al Queda pinned down and on the defensive, ignoring the recent threats from Osama bin Laden . Our intelligence is much better than before 9/11 (or maybe we'll just actually pay attention to it now?) and our military is now "battle hardened."

Comment: there's a fine line between battle hardened and battle-weary; 72% of our troops think they ought to come home within the next year. O'Reilly must have a hard time processing that - ordinarily he'd call them leftists who don't support the troops.

Unable to comprehend that other Americans fully understand the world situation and yet still disagree with his assessment, he ends his talking points with a condescending lecture. He scolds that "It's depressing that so few Americans understand what the stakes are. The press continues to quibble over minor matters (comment: illegal spying on Americans, blowing a CIA operation for political spite, corruption, giving control of ports operations to known terrorist enablers...pfffft!) ... We're talking life and death here, not partisan politics. I hope this memo wises some people up. It's a brutal world, not some theoretical game. It's time to wise up - nothing's more important than winning the war on terror."

Comment: So we didn't really get a strategy, just a *new* and *improved* excuse for the carnage in Iraq, a plug for Dubai, a few digs at Iran, and a fear-laden lecture. I don't feel any smarter for it.

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