Keith Olbermann Kicks it Up a Notch: “A Textbook Definition of Cowardice”

Tonight on Countdown the great Keith Olbermann kicked it up a notch. Picking up where Bill Clinton left off on Fox News Sunday.

The video of Keith’s Special Comment tonight is up on Crooks and Liars now.

Here’s the text of tonight’s special comment by Keith from MSNBC

Watch the video here.

“A textbook definition of cowardice”

The headlines about them are, of course, entirely wrong.

It is not essential that a past president, bullied and sandbagged by a monkey posing as a newscaster, finally lashed back.

It is not important that the current President’s portable public chorus has described his predecessor’s tone as “crazed.”

Our tone should be crazed. The nation’s freedoms are under assault by an administration whose policies can do us as much damage as al Qaida; the nation’s marketplace of ideas is being poisoned by a propaganda company so blatant that Tokyo Rose would’ve quit.

Nonetheless. The headline is this:

Bill Clinton did what almost none of us have done in five years.

He has spoken the truth about 9/11, and the current presidential administration.

“At least I tried,” he said of his own efforts to capture or kill Osama bin Laden. “That’s the difference in me and some, including all of the right-wingers who are attacking me now. They had eight months to try; they did not try. I tried.”

Thus in his supposed emeritus years has Mr. Clinton taken forceful and triumphant action for honesty, and for us; action as vital and as courageous as any of his presidency; action as startling and as liberating, as any, by any one, in these last five long years.

The Bush Administration did not try to get Osama bin Laden before 9/11.

The Bush Administration ignored all the evidence gathered by its predecessors.

The Bush Administration did not understand the Daily Briefing entitled “Bin Laden Determined To Strike in U.S.”

The Bush Administration did not try.

You can read the rest of Keith’s special comment here.

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56 Responses to Keith Olbermann Kicks it Up a Notch: “A Textbook Definition of Cowardice”

  1. Probus

    Standing & clapping. Well said. Very well said. Thank you.

  2. Ginny Cotts says:


    Two marathon shifts in a row and I am drinking alcohol while trying to catch up.

    This is such a classic GOP ‘argument’. In comment #35 I responded to RebelTx comment that all Clinton did to combat terrorism was blow up an ‘aspirin’ factory:

    EMPTA is a chemical compound that had been used in an Iraqi nerve gas. It had no other known use and was not used by any other nation. It also does not degrade quickly

    At #38 he responds:

    I’m sure they manufactured some very dangerous pesticides, or whatever you’re claiming. However, what I’m saying is that Bubba did nothing to combat Islamic terrorism. That was due to 2 things. One, he’s a wuss. He was so caught up in worry of what people thought of him, he could never allow himself to do such bold moves. Secondly, his misguided thought that Islamic terror was a “police” matter, and not one of true war.

    I was not talking about pesticides being the chemical that could be used as a WMD. That comment was perfectly clear and it isn’t a ‘claim’. It’s a fact. The substance was found in dirt samples taken by the CIA and identified at an independent lab. The additional information is that there were two other closed sites nearby that satelite photos and other intell indicated could be plants where the chemical was placed in a rocket and the other a storage facility.

    The idea that Clinton didn’t fight terrorism, didn’t do things because of his reputation? The reaction to his retaliation against the embassy bombings was: “Wag the Dog”. He knew it would get that reception and did it anyway because it was the right thing to do.

    Clinton did a hell of a lot. Are you afraid you might have to change your opinion so much you won’t read the best source on the subject? Dare ya to read Richard Clarke’s Against All Enemies.

    There is no way you can get around the plans, presidential directives, bombings in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, etc. Clarke points out that his Russian counterparts had taken to referring to the US as the ‘mad bomber’ because we were trying to contain several fronts. It’s all very available
    from other sources. Including the official government documents.

    The intensity, scope and pure determination that Clinton and his Administration pursued the idea that terrorism was was the biggest threat to America is simply not refutable when you gather it all together – with Clarke’s in the center of it perspective.

    The real kicker in your argument is that Clinton considered Islamic terror a police problem and not a ‘true’ war.

    For one thing, he created the Director position that Clarke was appointed to and had a LOT of leeway – which he used to the fullest extent he could. Clarke relays the question he posed to Clinton’s Cabinet early on. Was terrorism a legal (‘police’) problem or a military problem?
    The administration came quickly to the best answer:
    it is fought every way it can be fought, intell, investigation, covert ops, outright attacks. Justice, State, DoD, Intell, Coast Guard, everyone who could help did. When they weren’t giving it enough consideration, Clinton, Gore and Berger got Clarke to ‘scare the shit’ out of’ the Cabinet. He did.

    The book reveals not only the information about other people, but also the mind and thinking of Richard Clarke. He is no wuss and he respected Clinton for the intensity and commitment to getting OBL – who was NEVER offered, silver platter or any other way,- to the US. Clarke discusses that myth too.

  3. Ginny Cotts says:


    I do hope you have gone. This response is for other people.

    I’ve been a ‘secular humanist’ for most of my 54 years. I have my own ‘bible’. It’s a collection of concepts, quotes, ideas and songs that spell out the higher ideals I believe in and strive for. I add to it whenever something new helps me further clarify what is important, beautiful or otherwise transcends the average, mediocre or apathetic.

    I fully understand your faith and strong convictions. I respect them. What would be really nice for a change is for people who are so convinced they are right to at least be civil enough to show respect to the faith and strong convictions of others. Christians today are not persecuted for their beliefs. They are sometimes told to bug off – in not so polite ways – when they refuse to be civil or respectful to other people, even to those who have different interpretations of the Bible.

    Whether you want to acknowledge it or ignore, I have supported myself, raised two responsible children, paid my taxes fully, am a very law abiding citizen, never used any illegal drugs or abused the legal ones, have been active in my church, political party and other volunteer work. I am most definitely NOT a communist or a socialist.

    I think we can mix capitalism with compassionate and practical aid to those in need. I have spent 30 years in nursing and there is no doubt in my mind that the big majority of humans – including Americans are very good people. It’s the ones with the power and the ones who use violence that mess up the world, and life, for the rest of us.

    I have cared for many delightful people who are disabled and getting ‘welfare’. As a Home Care nurse. I saw how they lived: no extras, just enough to keep from starving, freezing or dying of an easily curable illness.

    I’ll take them any day over the rich. The ratio of nice to mean is inversely proportional in the two groups.

    It is my understanding that Jesus was adamant about “the Kingdom of God is not of this earth”. I just wish some of you would remember that part.

  4. Probus Says:
    September 29th, 2006 at 2:54 pm

    ~Clap, clap, clap~

    Bravo Probus!
    Great comment. Much better and definitely MUCH nicer than anything I would have replied with.

    I liked your’s too Ginny!

  5. Probus says:

    Pamela and Dave,

    Thank you for your kind comments. It is nice to be surrounded by people who have so much civility and dignity.

  6. Probus

    We’ve been known to go off occassionally… 😉

    It’s a pleasure to have you here.