I haven't written much about Bill O'Reilly lately, I figure the guy's a mental lightweight and pretty much just a punk, so why waste the time? Everyone - well, almost everyone - knows he's a laughable blowhard, so he's more of a running gag than a serious figure on the right. But this, from Calling All Wingnuts, is just to beautiful to pass up - from Bill's 6/19/06 Radio Factor:
Now to me, they’re not fighting it [the Iraq war] 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.
Now… is that the kind of country I want to have for Iraq? No… But you have to have that for a few months to stabilize the situation so the Iraqi government can get organized, can get security in place and can get the structure going.
Geez, ain't it priceless? It gets better. Here's Bill on Saddam, 8/16/05:
O'REILLY: Saddam Hussein was an evil dictator. He was Hitler-light. He and his sons slaughtered hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of people. There was no freedom in Iraq. And the guy financed terrorism -- worldwide terrorism -- all day, every day. He allowed Ansar Al-Islam, an Al Qaeda affiliate, to exist in northern Iraq. He financed Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad. He paid the families of suicide bombers to kill children. He was an evil tyrant who made the world a far worse place because he lived. We removed him, and that was a good thing. You with me so far? OK. Freedom is good.
Of course, Saddam didn't allow Ansar Al-Islam to operate in northern Iraq. We controlled northern Iraq, not Hussein - it was the northern no-fly zone. If anyone 'allowed' Ansar Al-Islam to exist in Iraq, it was the United States. But the truth has never held Bill back.
The hypocrisy is pretty funny, though. Apparently, we're supposed to believe two contradicting things without having our heads explode; that Hussein was an 'evil dictator', 'Hitler-lite', and an 'evil tyrant who made the world a far worse place because he lived.' At the same time, we're supposed to believe that someone who ran Iraq just like Hussein would be a good thing.
I think I've got O'Reilly figured out - he's a freakin' fruitloop.