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Arrested Development: Olby, Turley Want Bush/Cheney Tried in Foreign Courts – Meltdown with Keith Olbermann, Part 56

Posted on December 6 2010 12:45 pm
David Forsmark is the owner and president of Winning Strategies, a full service political consulting firm in Michigan. David has been a regular columnist for Frontpage Magazine since 2006. For 20 years before that, he wrote book, movie and concert reviews as a stringer for the Flint Journal, a midsize daily newspaper.

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In an earlier episode, Turley and Olby, while talking about the mayor of London’s warning that some country might arrest George W. Bush on his book tour, the Laurel and Hardy of legalese actually brought up Iran and Syria, without wondering why Spain didn’t try to indict those countries’ dictators who promote real torture:

TURLEY:  Well, it‘s an interesting article.  It‘s also an interesting idea.  The fact is there is a basis to arrest George Bush.  He has a memoir where he is virtually bragging about ordering a war crime.  Waterboarding is defined as torture.  It‘s been defined that way by international courts, by U.S. courts.  And he‘s being quoted, and he‘s, in fact, doing interviews where he seems to take great pride in the fact that he ordered something that constitutes a war crime…

OLBERMANN: …Jonathan Turley, professor at George Washington University School of Law, great thanks and great thanks for the laugh.  I needed that tonight, too.

OLBERMANN:… WE know he‘s been to Canada since he left office.  Is there anywhere else that an attorney such as yourself, perhaps, would advise him, don‘t go?

TURLEY:  Probably Western Europe I would start with.  You know, he might want to avoid Spain and Italy.  They have people there that really take human rights seriously.  It‘s not a sound bite.  They have judges there who would sign a warrant for someone who likes to brag about war crimes.  You‘re better off doing book tours in cities like Beijing, Damascus, Tehran, where you can actually find this book in a how-to section in those cities, because those are places where I‘m sure he‘ll find a lot of natural allies and readers… [Laughter]

Here is the key to prove neither one of these men really believes the charges they are making:  If they really thought that the U.S. was on the level of Damascus or Tehran, they wouldn’t be laughing about it.

Unless they just really hate America that much.

Of course, the real proof is that there is no parallel Keith Olbermann in Tehran making even truthful claims against the regime in power; while Keith enjoyed his highest ratings (up to one third of Bill O’Reilly’s) exaggerating and making up outright falsehoods against the last American administration.

Here’s an idea.  Let’s put Keith’s we-are-just-a-country-like-any-other-country-in-the-United-Nations-no-better-or-worse ideology to the test.

Since Keith loves hosting pledge drives when he sees an injustice, let’s start a fund to set up Keith Olbermann in Damascus so he can report on the activities of the Assad government.

It would be a highly rated show.  And I mean that word in the singular sense.

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