Reflections from the Grounded Center

2.24.2006

Cut and Run!


Summary: Bill O'Reilly suggested that the United States "hand over everything to the Iraqis as fast as humanly possible" because "[t]here are so many nuts in the country -- so many crazies -- that we can't control them." O'Reilly has previously called those advocating immediate withdrawal from Iraq "pinheads" and compared them to Hitler appeasers.

During the February 20 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Bill O'Reilly suggested that the United States "hand over everything to the Iraqis as fast as humanly possible" because "[t]here are so many nuts in the country -- so many crazies -- that we can't control them." O'Reilly then claimed that the "big mistake" was actually "the crazy-people underestimation."

As Media Matters for America has documented, during a November 30, 2005, appearance on NBC's Today, O'Reilly called those advocating immediate withdrawal from Iraq "pinheads" and compared them to Hitler appeasers.

O'Reilly's comments followed his mention of a report regarding Karbala, a province in the Shiite-controlled Iraqi south. O'Reilly falsely claimed that "the mayor of Karbala ... has banned any further government dealings with the American military in his province." In fact, according to a February 20 Associated Press report, the Karbala governing council suspended contact with U.S. forces "until U.S. forces apologize" for their behavior during a recent visit to the governor's office. The Karbala provincial spokesman complained that "U.S. soldiers brought dogs inside the [governor's office] building," which was "considered an insult by the council," and "blocked roads leading to the governor's office, preventing council members and the governor from parking cars outside the building." While the AP reported the Karbala spokesman's specific complaints, O'Reilly characterized the complaints as "the mayor of Karbala" alleging that U.S. soldiers were "not behaving well."

From the February 20 broadcast of Westwood One's The Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly:

O'REILLY: Somewhat of a disturbing report out of Iraq, and it's more important than it first appears. The governor of -- or the mayor of Karbala, which is a town in the south part of Iraq, Shiite-controlled, has banned any further government dealings with the American military in his province, saying that they're not behaving well.

Now, it's a small little thing, but I picked up on it, because here is the essential problem in Iraq. There are so many nuts in the country -- so many crazies -- that we can't control them. And I don't -- we're never gonna be able to control them. So the only solution to this is to hand over everything to the Iraqis as fast as humanly possible. Because we just can't control these crazy people. This is all over the place. And that was the big mistake about America: They didn't -- it was the crazy-people underestimation. We did not know how to deal with them -- still don't. But they're just all over the place.

COMMENTARY

"The crazy-people underestimation." Yeah, that is a real articulate way to outline the problem with the war. Nice 8th grade vocab Billy boy. And wait...they're "crazy" now, but they weren't 1 or 2 months ago when Murtha called for the withdrawl of troops? Isn't this cut and run? This guy is as weak as a liberal! He might as well just sanction the holocaust he is SOOOOO weak on National defense...just like the Democrats, right? Come on Bill...shouldn't we stick to our guns? Shouldn't we stay until victory? Shouldn't we not falter?

Flip flop, flip flop, flip flop.

What a wheelbarrow full of b*llsh*t this guy is . Who is he to call ANYONE crazy???

13 Comments:

Blogger KOB said...

"Media Matters for America is a Web-based, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media."

23:38

 
Blogger A. K. Brown said...

Your quote changes nothing - he still said it and you can listen to the clip if you want. The post provides no commentary...just restating what he said before, and what he says now...flip flop, flip flop, flip flop.

And why does it matter that they are correcting MISinformation? You yourself have used beliefnet, which probably has "ushering in the apocolypse" somewhere in it's mission statement.

I know you are a big fan of his, so I can understand your point...but we all sometimes find out that our heros are ass clowns.

16:51

 
Blogger KOB said...

Conservative talking heads elevate themselves to celebrity status though their work. They don't start out as celebrities and then try to grow a brain like the liberal talk-show hosts. Bill is no hero of mine. I agree with a lot of the things that he says, but I base my opinions on my own thoughts not the blogosphere.

The survey data I used in a previous post was from U.S. News. They used beliefnet as a vehicle for conducting research. In case you are curious in actually researching mission statements, here it is:

http://www.beliefnet.com/about/index.asp

That's a far cry from posting an article from an organization whose entire reason for being is to discredit conservative media opinions.

20:38

 
Anonymous gerd said...

O'Reilly is your hero?

uh, um, huh. This really explains a lot.

Doesn't it speak pretty poorly of the conservatives that their needs to be a non-profit organization dedicated to monitoring and correcting the conservative "misinformation" that the movement churns out daily?

I mean, an organization to keep the conservative lies in check. I think you better start looking at reforming the Republican party.

16:00

 
Anonymous gerd said...

"Conservative talking heads elevate themselves to celebrity status though their work."

Well if work consists of lobbying and buying out your position through campaign contributions and ass kissing corporations, then yes, that is great work.

I'm glad O'Reilly isn't a hero of yours, but you still agree with what he says, which is very troublesome.

He's a loud mouth hot-head. He's the conservative version of Jeaneene Garafalo.

17:47

 
Blogger KOB said...

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18:52

 
Blogger KOB said...

He's the conservative version of Jeaneene Garafalo.

No, he has more than 4 people that tune in.

19:04

 
Anonymous gerd said...

No, he has more than 4 people that tune in.

yawn

00:43

 
Blogger KOB said...

Apparently Alex has determined that comments I made are too outrageous for some of his more unstable readers.

Since the gestapo has now withdrawn the right to speak my mind in this little diary, I now leave you all to your own like-minded circle jerk. Let me leave you with this thought.

52% = 3 more years, suck on that!

08:23

 
Blogger A. K. Brown said...

Kurt, what are you talking about. I work and I don't get the chance to publish your comments the second you hit "submit." I have never rejected one comment of yours until this morning, and I have written you about it.

Besides, I don't get your 52% comment. In any case, I wouldn't get too excited about the next 3 years...you live in this country too.

09:27

 
Blogger KOB said...

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18:52
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Also, the ability to respond and carry on debate has been destroyed by the delay in posting. For example, Gerd responded to your comment after I had submitted a reply, but before mine was posted.

10:54

 
Anonymous gerd said...

"Since the gestapo has now withdrawn the right to speak my mind in this little diary, I now leave you all to your own like-minded circle jerk. Let me leave you with this thought."

We learned that from the Republicans. "Protest" zones, removing disent from speeches, and most abhorent are your "townhall" meetings. What about that time Bush "rehearsed" questions with selected troops even though it was supposed to be "impromptu" and "non-scripted." There was a tape where the script of questions Bush was going to read was rehearsed with the troops!

"52% = 3 more years, suck on that!"

48% to 52% is a majority, not a mandate.

and now, suck on this!

http://www.pollingreport.com/BushJob.htm

Bush's job rating is rated as low as 34%!

wuah wah.....

18:00

 
Blogger KOB said...

Perfect. You keep whining about polls and we'll keep winning elections. I'll take that trade off.

19:40

 

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