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"...Violent, out-of-control chaos — not civil war."

Reported by Chrish - November 30, 2006 -

Phew. Bill O'Reilly told viewers in his Talking Points Memo yesterday 11/28/06 that Iraq is NOT, as other media is reporting and military experts and analysts concur (including former Secretary of State, General Colin Powell), in a civil war. Good thing, because that would be just awful for the Bush administration and they really can't take much more bad news.

He blames GE-owned "anti-Bush" NBC for trying to woo left-wing viewers. He blames Al Queda. He blames Iran. He blames "organized criminals who are running wild because there is little Iraqi police presence."

Ultimately, he says, the problem lies with the Iraqi people themselves, and

"If the Bush administration will not consider dividing the country into three autonomous regions, then it must consider allowing the Iraqi military to run the place, much like Musharraf runs Pakistan. Yes, that would be brutal, but clearly, the Iraqi people are not embracing freedom. So imposing order through a military strong man might be the only way."

This is not the first time O'Reilly has called for an iron-fisted dictator to rule Iraq.

O'Reilly states that

"The Iraq War has morphed into a number of conflicts, much like the chaotic Baltic (sic)* situation under President Clinton. Because the Bush administration miscalculated the problems after Saddam, the ensuing chaos has given power to a number of bad guys."

Seconds later he says

"Of course, the American media is not helping anyone by oversimplifying the situation and rooting for the USA to lose in Iraq. And that is what some media people are doing.

This is a brutal issue that affects all Americans. And we need to think about it very carefully and avoid foolish descriptions that define nothing.

HIs suggestion that using the terminology is "over-simplifying" and "foolish" alerts us that he realizes the accuracy and power behind those two words, and he'll do his part to deny them as long as he can, no matter how foolish he appears using third-grade terms like "bad guys" .

* I note the "Baltic" slip-up as an example of sloppiness and/or arrogance. Either he doesn't understand his error (and as a former history teacher and so-called journalist he should have caught himself immediately) or figures his audience won't know the difference, or figures they know but don't care about accuracy in reporting. My vote is for option number one, because the error also appears in print on the FOX News website.

H/T Steve and Charles.