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Hell’s Vice Principal, Bill O’Reilly has shot off his mouth again and, whether he realizes it or not, has given us an unusually honest look at the slimy underbelly of his political philosophy. Yep, the man who claims to be neither Republican nor Democrat, but "describes much of his work as a non-partisan approach to politics and analysis" (Shyeah, tell me another one, Billyboy!), has revealed that, in fact, he isn’t a Republican. He’s a Ba’athist!
Thanks to Mike Stark from Calling All Wingnuts (He listens to Wingnut Radio, so you don’t have to!), we have a delightful recording of O’Reilly saying that if HE were King of Iraq, he’d run the joint "just like Saddam". No, really. That’s what he said.
Let’s go to the transcript, shall we?
O’Reilly: Now to me, they’re not fighting it hard enough. See, if I’m president, I got probably another 50-60 thousand with orders to shoot on sight anybody violating curfews. Shoot them on sight. That’s me… President O’Reilly… Curfew in Ramadi, seven o’clock at night. You’re on the street? You’re dead. I shoot you right between the eyes. Ok? That’s how I run that country. Just like Saddam ran it. Saddam didn’t have explosions – he didn’t have bombers. Did he? because if you got out of line, you’re dead.
Thank you, Assistant Principal O’Reilly, for straightening this out for us. Obviously, then, you don’t support the mission in Iraq, because the whole point (at least this week) is allegedly to "spread freedom", but what you’re saying is that Iraq is better off without freedom, that it was better when Saddam was in charge, and that the only real answer for that country is another military dictatorship.
Do the troops know that you no longer support them, Bill? That you think we should pull out of Iraq "as quickly as humanly possible" because "there are so many nuts in the country–so many crazies–that we just can’t control them"? Have you mentioned this to your Republican buddies in the House, because all they can talk about is how us "cut and run" liberals don’t support the troops. You want to cut and run even faster than John Kerry! Did you talk to Rush Limbaugh about this? Ann Coulter? Cos Coulter thinks that Rep. John Murtha should be killed by his own men for advocating a phased withdrawal from Iraq. And Limbaugh? He called John Murtha "the biggest morale booster the enemy has in Iraq" for suggesting that perhaps it’s time to take a responsible approach to the war instead of adopting the Republican policy of denial and procrastination about trying to bring about some kind of conclusion to this mess.
Really, though, anyone with any critical thinking skills whatsoever (i.e., not your listeners) knows that your personal philosophy is somewhere to the right of Attila the Hun and that anyone who disagrees with you "hates America", that "freedom" in America means the freedom to agree with you and no other opinions will be tolerated. You mess with the bull, you get the horns, right? Come to think of it, you really would be a perfect fit for Saddam’s old job. You guys are a lot alike. You’re both authoritarian blowhards with literary pretensions. You’ve already said that you advocate terrorist attacks on San Francisco. Why not go all the way and get your own country where you can make the laws, get your own rape-rooms and torture chambers and a real secret police force instead of having to threaten people with Fox Security and sexually harrass your female employees? I think this could be the start of a whole new career direction for you. Call me and we’ll hammer out the details.