This Keith Olbermann Special Commentary during last night’s show doesn’t really need any introduction or background information for context.
But here’s the shorthand. On a Fox News interview, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice compared the current situation in Iraq to the rebuilding of Europe at the end of World War II. Now Olbermann always likes to go over board with some of his special commentaries. And why not? Since they have brought him higher ratings, more buzz and much love from liberals.
So what exactly drew the ire of Olbermann? These are the exact words Rice spoke during her interview:
It would be like saying that after Adolf Hitler was overthrown, we needed to change then, the resolution that allowed the United States to do that, so that we could deal with creating a stable environment in Europe after he was overthrown.
Except that the President did go to Congress to fashion what would become the Marshall Plan. A plan that pumped $12 billion dollars into Europe to rebuild and maintain democracy, at least in Western Europe.
Though it makes for great television, Rice should have taken a history lesson before comparing Saddam to Hitler and Iraq to post-World War II Berlin.