Wednesday, September 19, 2007

"General" Maher Testifies before The Situation Room

Bill Maher in the Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer
last Tuesday:
BLITZER: You listened closely to General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker. Both are career professionals -- a career military officer, a career diplomat. They made the case, effectively for President Bush, that the U.S. should continue this strategy.

MAHER: Wait a second. He put the words in their mouth. That wasn't the Petraeus report.

BLITZER: But they say those words were their own.

MAHER: Well, it was a White House written report. We know that. Bush has an interesting little scam going. He also quoted in his speech on Thursday night, Maliki. And he said basically that the Iraqi leadership is asking us to stay. So in other words, he puts words into his stooges' mouths. And then, he quotes them.

It's the same thing that ...

BLITZER: Let me point out. General Petraeus who has been a military officer for more than 30 years, the first thing he basically said out of his mouth, last week, is I didn't show this testimony to anyone. I wrote it myself. I didn't have it vetted by the chain of command. Not by the White House. Not by anyone at the Pentagon. Not by anyone in Congress. Don't you believe him when he says that?

MAHER: No. I'm sorry, I don't.
In addition, Bill Maher also said this:
BLITZER: Well, you attack him personally. You just did on our show. You said you don't believe him when he said he never cleared his testimony with anyone in Washington.

MAHER: Call me a cynic, Wolf. Look, I understand that he's doing an impossible job over there. And I have no doubt that he actually does more before 9:00 a.m. than I do all day or perhaps all year. Yes. I admire anybody who is in the war zone. But that doesn't mean that he is not performing a political function for the White House. Now, you can read into that what you will. But I'm sorry. Just because he's wearing a uniform, I can't not see what I see, which is that the man is doing a political job for George Bush.
Maher is such a vile, useless idiot. I doubt he really paid close attention to the Petraeus and Crocker testimony, but simply got the MDB (Moonbat Daily Brief) from Huffington Post and Daily Kos.

Robert Kaplan is not someone who I would consider a partisan. He has also spent a vast amount of time with the military, being the author of Warrior Politics and Imperial Grunts (as well as a new book out). Here is, by far and away, the most balanced and straight-shooting perspective I've seen on whether or not General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker are political tools of the Bush Administration:
The idea that General Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker are front men for the administration is ludicrous. Until he took the job as overall ground commander in Iraq, Petraeus was a favorite of liberal journalists: the Princeton man who enjoyed the company of the media and intellectuals, so much so that he was vaguely distrusted by other general officers who envied the good ink he received. As for Crocker, he is a hard-core Arabist, a professional species that I once wrote a book about: He is the least likely creature on earth to buy into neoconservative ideas about the Middle East. Neither of these men are identified with the decision to go to war. If I had to bet, I’d say that Crocker especially would have been against it, like his other Arabist colleagues. Thus, these men have no personal stake in proving the president right. They and their staffs are much more likely to provide a balanced analysis of the reality in Iraq than senators and congressmen looking over their shoulders at opinion polls and future elections. As Petraeus said, “I wrote this testimony myself,” meaning, the White House had nothing to do with it. Watching them brief Congress Monday, I came away convinced that they made a better impression on the public than anyone else in the room.
So, who to believe? Bill Maher or Robert Kaplan? Which one has the more informed and educated opinion?

Hat tip: Hugh Hewitt and Duane Patterson

Video download also available at Newsbusters

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Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

hiya Word...why exactly do we CARE what Maher says about um..anything?!

Thursday, September 20, 2007 6:03:00 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

Wordsmith, "Useless Idiot" is a really good discription of him. If there were such a thing as a "Useless Idiot" award, he would definitely be one of the top contenders!

Thursday, September 20, 2007 7:06:00 AM  
Blogger The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

Why this guy is always given a serious forum is beyond me. The again CNN is really not much of a forum is it ?

Thursday, September 20, 2007 7:16:00 AM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

why exactly do we CARE what Maher says about um..anything?!

angel, it's for the simple reason that he is speaking on a major news network with far reach; for similar reasons why it's important to pay attention to what Wesley Clark says when he goes on the Jon Stewart Show; Joy Baher spouting off on the View. These are "who cares?" shows for conservatives; but they have influence and an audience that is willing to listen and believe.

If Maher states as facts, his wrong-headed opinions, someone who has done even less research than he has, is going to come away from it, parroting what he heard from Maher, creating even more ignoramuses out there, spreading conjecture for fact.

This is how a president who read over 87 books last year develops a reputation as someone who doesn't read. And your average joe will eat this stuff up.

Thursday, September 20, 2007 10:00:00 AM  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Hewitt did an excellent job of excoriating Maher yesterday. It was wonderful.


Thursday, September 20, 2007 11:07:00 AM  
Blogger J_G said...

Obviously Bill Maher thinks more of himself than anyone else does...anywhere.

Maher is not a useless idiot. He is just a plain idiot, useless has a connotation that there is a use for idiots.

Thursday, September 20, 2007 1:18:00 PM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

I saw that interview.

He hates President Bush so much he is blinded with hatered.

He is a Moron.

Thursday, September 20, 2007 3:44:00 PM  
Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

youre dead right Word..I wasnt in any way indicting u...but our encouraging ignoramuses to speak publicly about politics at all!

Thursday, September 20, 2007 7:14:00 PM  
Blogger Indigo Red said...

Okay. I made it to one minute thirty seconds before I had to cancel the fool. I'm just glad that he is as impotent as bin Laden.

Thursday, September 20, 2007 9:16:00 PM  

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