Tuesday, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld once again attacked Administration critics, asserting those questioning its Iraq and anti-terror policies are trying to appease “a new type of fascism,” calling them sufferers of “moral or intellectual confusion.”
Last night, Keith Olbermann on his return to “Countdown” delivered a special commentary on Rumsfeld’s remarks. It was in my book a magnificent essay, powerfully delivered. If you missed it, or wish to see or read it again click the headline. Here is a brief excerpt:
It demands the deep analysis—and the sober contemplation—of every American.
For it did not merely serve to impugn the morality or intelligence – indeed, the loyalty—of the majority of Americans who oppose the transient occupants of the highest offices in the land;
Worse, still, it credits those same transient occupants – our employees—with a total omniscience; a total omniscience which neither common sense, nor this administration’s track record at home or abroad, suggests they deserve.
Dissent and disagreement with government is the life’s blood of human freedom;
And not merely because it is the first roadblock against the kind of tyranny the men Mr. Rumsfeld likes to think of as “his” troops still fight, this very evening, in Iraq.
It is also essential. Because just every once in awhile … it is right — and the power to which it speaks, is wrong.
Click the headline for the full essay.