Friday, October 06, 2006

Keith called Bush a liar last night. What if he's wrong?

Keith Olbermann had another in his chilling and devastating series of Special Comments. Please click through to read it or watch the video clip.

Topic: Bush's rhetorical gambit of throwing in "some say" or "Democrats think" followed by a completely fictitious statement of a position that no Demcrat ever held. Keith says Bush is lying when he does that. Example:
“If you listen closely to some of the leaders of the Democratic Party, it sounds like they think the best way to protect the American people is — wait until we’re attacked again.”
None of the leaders of the Democratic Party say that or think that or sound like they think that. So Keith says that Bush is lying. He says it eloquently, passionately, and clearly. It's about time someone used plain language to criticize Bush. I love that Keith said "lie." (Although, Al Franken got there first with Lies and the Lying Liars who Tell Them.)

But my fear is that Bush is not lying. That he actually believes what he's saying. That he's so locked in to his own delusional vision of the world that for him it's not a rhetorical ploy to invent straw positions for his opponents, but rather his actual perception of what they're thinking.

People who have met with Bush describe him has calm, assured, and steadfast in his vision of how the world works and what his mission is. He sees himself as a warrior in an epic, ages long war. If Iraq is devastated and drenched in blood and terror, that, to Bush, is just a comma in history. Dissent and debate have no place in his world view. He knows the only true path. Anyone who does not follow it is lost.

Mickeleh's Take: If Bush is a liar, we have a chance. If Bush is delusional, we're all cooked. And I fear that Bush is delusional.

Now, go read or watch Keith.

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