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Rumsfeld Hires Otter As Speech Writer

(Guest Post by Big Tent Democrat)

From National Lampoon's "Animal House":

OTTER: Ladies and gentlemen, I'll be brief. The issue here is not whether we broke a few rules or took a few liberties . . . We did.

But you can't hold a whole fraternity responsible for the behaviour of a few sick, perverted individuals. If you do shouldn't we blame the whole fraternity system? And if the whole fraternity system is guilty then isn't this an indictment of our educational institutions in general?

I put it to you, Greg. Isn't this an indictment of our entire American society?

Well you can do what you want to us but we won't sit here and listen to you badmouth the United States of America!

From Rummy today:

It seems that in some quarters there is more of a focus on dividing our country, than acting with unity against the gathering threats.

We find ourselves in a strange time: When a database search of America's leading newspapers turns up 10 times as many mentions of one of the soldiers at Abu Ghraib who was punished for misconduct, than mentions of Sergeant First Class Paul Ray Smith, the first recipient of the Medal of Honor in the Global War on Terror;

When a senior editor at Newsweek disparagingly refers to the brave volunteers in our Armed Forces as a "mercenary army"; When the former head of CNN accuses the American military of deliberately targeting journalists and the former CNN Baghdad bureau chief admits he concealed reports of Saddam Hussein's crimes when he was in power so CNN could stay in Iraq; and

It is a time when Amnesty International disgracefully refers to the military facility at Guantanamo Bay, which holds terrorists who have vowed to kill Americans and which is arguably the best run and most scrutinized detention facility in the history of warfare, as "the gulag of our times."

Those who know the truth need to speak out against these kinds of myths, and lies, and distortions being told about our troops and our country. The struggle we are in is too important -- the consequences too severe -- to have the luxury of returning to the old mentality of "Blame America First.

Cue the humming of "The Star Spangled Banner."

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  • Re: Rumsfeld Hires Otter As Speech Writer (none / 0) (#1)
    by soccerdad on Tue Aug 29, 2006 at 01:00:26 PM EST
    pure propaganda 101. Goebells would be proud.

    Re: Rumsfeld Hires Otter As Speech Writer (none / 0) (#2)
    by jimakaPPJ on Tue Aug 29, 2006 at 01:00:29 PM EST
    And may I add that Rumsfeld is amazingly accutrate. You goota watch them old coots.

    Re: Rumsfeld Hires Otter As Speech Writer (none / 0) (#3)
    by soccerdad on Tue Aug 29, 2006 at 01:02:00 PM EST
    accutrate maybe, but accurate never in a million years

    Re: Rumsfeld Hires Otter As Speech Writer (none / 0) (#4)
    by desertswine on Tue Aug 29, 2006 at 01:22:57 PM EST
    It is a time when Amnesty International disgracefully refers to the military facility at Guantanamo Bay, which holds terrorists who have vowed to kill Americans...
    Haha.... yeah like this guy, Dumsfeld's a jamoke.

    Re: Rumsfeld Hires Otter As Speech Writer (none / 0) (#5)
    by Bill Arnett on Tue Aug 29, 2006 at 01:55:42 PM EST
    Obviously neither Rumsfeld nor any other member of the administration means a single word about what fine troops we have or you wouldn't see them surrounded at all times in Iraq by many, many highly paid civilian mercenaries making $20,000.00 a month EACH instead of being guarded by the troops they allegedly hold in such high regard. It is a disgrace and does our military a disservice.

    Re: Rumsfeld Hires Otter As Speech Writer (none / 0) (#6)
    by Bill Arnett on Tue Aug 29, 2006 at 02:08:18 PM EST
    I know that ppj is getting feverish and panicky at the lack of a citation re: my comment above. Try this. Info from someone actually there, ppj!

    Re: Rumsfeld Hires Otter As Speech Writer (none / 0) (#7)
    by Sailor on Tue Aug 29, 2006 at 03:12:59 PM EST
    And may I add that Rumsfeld is amazingly accutrate.
    Really!? You mean our troops didn't torture, rape, murder innocent civilians? You mean accurate like this:
    "We know where they are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south, and north somewhat."
    "I can't tell you if the use of force in Iraq today will last five days, five weeks or five months, but it won't last any longer than that. "
    "And within the last week or two, they have in fact captured and have in custody two of the mobile trailers that Secretary Powell talked about at the United Nations as being biological weapons laboratories. We have people who are telling that they worked in these vehicles. And they look at panels and say, "That was my work station in that panel, and that's what it's for."
    "His regime has amassed large clandestine stockpiles of chemical weapons, including VX and sarin and mustard gas."
    "And he has biological and chemical weapons."
    "We have seen . . . intelligence over--over months, over many months that they have chemical and biological weapons, and that they have dispersed them and that they're weaponized . . . ."
    "They are perfectly capable of being equipped with spraying and aerosol-type capabilities." [...] We know that Iraq has a number of so-called UAVs, unmanned aerial vehicles, of different types, that they train with them and exercise them."


    Re: Rumsfeld Hires Otter As Speech Writer (none / 0) (#8)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Tue Aug 29, 2006 at 04:48:51 PM EST
    Or, with regards to my favorite quote from that great movie: "You f#$%ed up; you trusted us!" Bingo.

    Re: Rumsfeld Hires Otter As Speech Writer (none / 0) (#9)
    by jimakaPPJ on Tue Aug 29, 2006 at 08:38:40 PM EST
    Bill A - You are actually there? I thought you were here. Of course you could be here and there. BTW - The military is trained to fight wars, not guard people. Big difference there, bucko.. SD - When you can't defend, try to divert. desert - Ah yes, the wonderful AI... So biased, so.... words escape when I see this organization being used as a source. I'll steal Sailor's favorite. I call BS!
    The top leadership of Amnesty International USA, which unleashed a blistering attack last week on the Bush administration's handling of war detainees, contributed the maximum $2,000 to Sen. John Kerry's presidential campaign. Federal Election Commission records show that William F. Schulz, executive director of Amnesty USA, contributed $2,000 to Mr. Kerry's campaign last year. Mr. Schulz also has contributed $1,000 to the 2006 campaign of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat
    Sailor... You are incapable of understanding that our system condemns such acts and investigates/tries/punishes. There side does videos of beheading while yelling, "God is Great!" Link

    Re: Rumsfeld Hires Otter As Speech Writer (none / 0) (#10)
    by Sailor on Wed Aug 30, 2006 at 09:25:04 AM EST
    notice that all ppj has are lies and distractions completely avoiding the proven fact that rummy, in his own words, is a proven, incompetent liar. Deal with the subject ppj, not your constant OT bedwetting about chopped heads.

    Re: Rumsfeld Hires Otter As Speech Writer (none / 0) (#11)
    by jimakaPPJ on Wed Aug 30, 2006 at 06:37:30 PM EST
    Sailor - You know, I rather suspect that you, when faced with having your head chopped off, or actually sawed off because the terrorists are incapable of even doing a proper beheading, would lose complete control of your bodily functions. I believe that utterly and completely because of one reason. You always claim that's what the other guy would do. I think you are a fake, Sailor. I think you are always calling others "bedwetters," etc. to hide your own problems. But that's okay Sailor. I have seen people who I knew was scared rigid perform their duties and do their jobs. And know what? Not a single one of them spoke of courage, or criticized someone else. It is called being human, sailor. Quit posturing and join us.

    Re: Rumsfeld Hires Otter As Speech Writer (none / 0) (#12)
    by Sailor on Thu Aug 31, 2006 at 10:13:50 AM EST
    why don't you deal with rumsfeld's lies instead of going OT with your favorite fantasy?

    Re: Rumsfeld Hires Otter As Speech Writer (none / 0) (#13)
    by Ernesto Del Mundo on Thu Aug 31, 2006 at 10:41:31 AM EST
    Sailor, with all due respect, I believe you are wrong. Rummy does not lie. I honestly believe that he honestly believes everything he says is true. Which, of course, IS THE SCARIEST THING OF ALL.