April 9, 2008

Today's #5 story on Countdown resembled Keith Olbermann's many Special Comments as he tore apart President Bush, his lies and cruel treatment of our soldiers by fact-checking his speech about Iraq this afternoon.

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President Bush has decided to put a hold on troop withdrawals, but tries to give the appearance that he's actually reducing troop levels. He also reduced tours of duty for our soldiers from 15 months to 12, but with a cruel caveat -- it doesn't apply to any troops currently in Iraq or those deploying before August. Olbermann rips Bush for saying troop morale would plummet if we were to lose in Iraq by not fulfilling HIS goals, pointing out that some 120 soldiers committed suicide last year alone, and for them, the war is already over.

" Last year he escalated the war in Iraq, today he announced that there would be deescalation beyond July, yet somehow stood there with a straight face and lied about how he was withdrawing troops. Now, that was hardly the lone instance of dissembling, tortured logic, sophistry and outright dishonesty in Mr. Bush's latest sugar-coating of the undeniable and unforgivable fact that he is continuing to arrange for the needless deaths of American heroes."

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