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O'Reilly Battles Rumsfeld Over Iraq
Fox News - The O'Reilly Factor ^ | March 3, 2011 | Bill O'Reilly

Posted on 03/03/2011 9:32:45 PM PST by The Shrew

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KEYWORDS: afghanistan; iraq; oreilly; rumsfeld
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Dear Bill,

I was disgusted by both your obsequious softball questions to the President on Superbowl Sunday which contrasted sharply with your contemptuous and abusive questions toward Secretary Rumsfeld last night. It is quite transparent that you think you've maxed your viewership on the right and thus the only way to increase ratings now is to pander to the left. Maybe Michael Moore will take my place as a Factor viewer.

The Shrew
Denver, Colorado

1 posted on 03/03/2011 9:32:50 PM PST by The Shrew
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To: The Shrew; Interesting Times; RaceBannon; Travis McGee; Nick Danger
Dear Bill,

You shamed yourself in the interview with Secretary Rumsfeld last night by impugning his motives. How dare you. Secretary Rumsfeld has served this country in uniform and has the distinction of serving his country twice as Secretary of Defense. He has overseen the deployment of 100's of thousands of America's fighting men and women into combat in defense of this nation. Would you have had the courage to do so even once. Yet, you feel entirely qualified to accuse this honorable man of incompetence and a failure to take his position seriously. Even the mythical Ted Baxter would have given a better interview.

The Shrew
Denver, Colorado

2 posted on 03/03/2011 9:35:28 PM PST by The Shrew (www.wintersoldier.com; www.tstrs.com; The Truth Shall Set You Free!)
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To: The Shrew

I agree 100%. I was ashamed to be a FNC fan watching O’Reilly try to trash one of the greatest public servants to come along during my lifetime. O’Reilly should move to MSNBC!


3 posted on 03/03/2011 9:36:53 PM PST by Rembrandt (.. AND the donkey you rode in on.)
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To: The Shrew
Arguing with Rummy about Iraq is like arguing with Heisenberg about quantum mechanics.
4 posted on 03/03/2011 9:37:44 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: The Shrew; All
I don't know how many Freepers saw "The O'Reilly Factor" on March 3, 2011 but it left me wanting to throw my shoes through the screen. I've posted two of the letters I sent to Fox News but doubt if either of them will be read by Mr. O'Reilly. So, I did the next best thing. I published them here on FR.

Maybe there are some other Freepers who would like the chance to opine. Remember pithy comments please.

TS

5 posted on 03/03/2011 9:38:21 PM PST by The Shrew (www.wintersoldier.com; www.tstrs.com; The Truth Shall Set You Free!)
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To: The Shrew

Bill O Reilly is an anti-birther POS and one of Prince AL Waleed’s dhimini puppets at Fox Al Waleed.


6 posted on 03/03/2011 9:38:53 PM PST by Frantzie (HD TV - Total Brain-washing now in High Def. 3-D Coming soon)
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To: The Shrew

personally , I thought Rumsfeld dragged his ass on troops numbers in the lead up to the fight . We should have overwhelmed them . We should have totally pressured Turkey
to allow a complete second front utilizing the 4th ID and we should have never put the situation into the hands of the inept Interm Authority after the initial victory . They really screwed the pooch . This always happens , over & over again , whenever the CIV’s are put in authority over Mil ops .
.Until we learn to fight with the gloves off and use our Mil assets the way they are supposed to be used ,we will never experience clear cut victories again . Perhaps there needs to be a Constitutional amendment in this country that allows for 2 leaderships ? one CIV , one MIL ?


7 posted on 03/03/2011 9:39:08 PM PST by LeoWindhorse
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To: The Shrew

Thus explaining why I don’t watch The Sphincter Factor.


8 posted on 03/03/2011 9:39:20 PM PST by REDWOOD99
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To: hinckley buzzard
Arguing with Rummy about Iraq is like arguing with Heisenberg about quantum mechanics.

Now, THAT's pithy. Well done sir!

TS

9 posted on 03/03/2011 9:40:40 PM PST by The Shrew (www.wintersoldier.com; www.tstrs.com; The Truth Shall Set You Free!)
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To: LeoWindhorse

agree


10 posted on 03/03/2011 9:42:50 PM PST by chasio649 (Paybacks are a Behar)
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To: The Shrew

11 posted on 03/03/2011 9:44:02 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: The Shrew

Dear Bill,

Your contentious interview with the great, patriotic American Don Rumsfeld sure showed how much you think you know everything and are the last word on any issue.

But all I kept thinking was how you always put the “pompous” in pompous ass.


12 posted on 03/03/2011 9:44:37 PM PST by Bullish (Obama's obviously drunk at the wheel and should be taken off the road before he gets people killed)
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To: LeoWindhorse
personally , I thought Rumsfeld dragged his ass on troops numbers in the lead up to the fight . We should have overwhelmed them . We should have totally pressured Turkey to allow a complete second front utilizing the 4th ID and we should have never put the situation into the hands of the inept Interm Authority after the initial victory . They really screwed the pooch .

You make some good points and you and I can agree to disagree over specifics, but what O'Reilly did tonight was to impugn Rumsfeld's and Bush's motives. I'm not conceding your point but incompetence is vastly different than malevolence. And that is what O'Reilly did tonight. He accused Secretary Rumsfeld of being EVIL!

Regards,

TS

13 posted on 03/03/2011 9:44:50 PM PST by The Shrew (www.wintersoldier.com; www.tstrs.com; The Truth Shall Set You Free!)
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To: LeoWindhorse

All of this shows just how difficult war is. You do have to make some decisions that will always be against some in the administration, much less with the public.

He did a good job while he was in charge. There may be those who disagree here, but you have to understand that you are looking back with hindsight. Things were not so clear when he make his decisions.

So, my advice is that you hold your criticism and let history decide. It will probably be much more kind to him than many here... He did his best under the circumstances and did a reasonably good - actually great - job.


14 posted on 03/03/2011 9:45:21 PM PST by Deagle (t)
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To: The Shrew

I saw Blow O’Reilly make a horse’s ass of himself tonight. He rips into Mr. Rumsfeld and then when Rummy wants to answer the blowhard, he says I don’t have time.

PATHETIC!!!


15 posted on 03/03/2011 9:48:28 PM PST by Kevin in California
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To: Rembrandt
I was ashamed to be a FNC fan watching O’Reilly try to trash one of the greatest public servants to come along during my lifetime.

Well put!

TS

16 posted on 03/03/2011 9:49:10 PM PST by The Shrew (www.wintersoldier.com; www.tstrs.com; The Truth Shall Set You Free!)
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To: dfwgator

LOL... Glad someone made it into an animated GIF.


17 posted on 03/03/2011 9:49:10 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (You have entered an invalid birthday)
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To: The Shrew

BOR’s many and varied assumptions about what the administration is doing is just jaw-dropping.

The man is just so f***ing ignorant and arrogant. He doesn’t “think” this and he doesn’t “believe” that, he just airily makes his mind up and that’s it.

And for God’s sake! Why should his guests be so deferential to him? I live to see the day someone puts him in his place. I’ll never forgive Sarah for letting him get away with talking down to her that time.


18 posted on 03/03/2011 9:50:23 PM PST by sinanju
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To: Kevin in California
I saw Blow O’Reilly make a horse’s ass of himself tonight. He rips into Mr. Rumsfeld and then when Rummy wants to answer the blowhard, he says I don’t have time.

PATHETIC!!!

That sums it up quite well. Thank you.

TS

19 posted on 03/03/2011 9:50:33 PM PST by The Shrew (www.wintersoldier.com; www.tstrs.com; The Truth Shall Set You Free!)
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To: The Shrew

I saw the interview and had to turn it off.

O’Reilly was so full of himself, it was coming out of his ears.

At one point Rumsfeld gave him a look like “and who the hell do you think you are”

The interview was over for me and for Donald at that point.

Bill should just interview himself from now on—there enough BS in him for two people.


20 posted on 03/03/2011 9:51:01 PM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: The Shrew

Dear Ted Baxter,

I am glad that Rummy stuffed your stupid questions down your throat. You looked angry and pitiful as he didn’t buckle to what you call hard hitting and smart questioning. I also think your show is funnier than any prime time comedy.

Up yours you bloviating blivet,

Lazlo

PS: And yes, I know. Name and town. Name and town.


21 posted on 03/03/2011 9:51:16 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Rembrandt

O’REilly is an ass. To ask why Rumsfeld didn’t inform the public of his trepidations going into the war was sophomoric and condescending. I can’t even stomach listening to his voice anymore. I’m not a huge Rumsfeld fan by any means, but that question and subsequent comments were just plain inane.


22 posted on 03/03/2011 9:52:11 PM PST by Hildy
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To: The Shrew
BOR has become the pompous arrogant narcissistic self-aggrandizing A-hole that he once claimed to abhor.
23 posted on 03/03/2011 9:53:12 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier preparing to deploy to Afghanistan)
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To: sinanju
BOR’s many and varied assumptions about what the administration is doing is just jaw-dropping.

It was amazing to see what BOR was willing to accept and cover for the Obama Administration always being deferential and assigning the most benign motive to every decision made or not made. Case in point Eric Holder's Justice Departments decision on the voter intimidation case. BOR gives a pass.

But, BOR goes after Secretary Rumsfeld like a rabid pit-bull tonight. I was disgusted.

The man is just so f***ing ignorant and arrogant. He doesn’t “think” this and he doesn’t “believe” that, he just airily makes his mind up and that’s it.

Target. Fire for effect.

TS

24 posted on 03/03/2011 9:54:24 PM PST by The Shrew (www.wintersoldier.com; www.tstrs.com; The Truth Shall Set You Free!)
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To: The Shrew
Loved Rumsfeld cutting off O'Blowhard in mid-rant. What a tool, "but, but, the public needed to know........."

Idiot, just what security clearance did you EVER hold, and what did you understand of the need for it?

Go stroke Zero's leg, that is all you are good for anymore........

25 posted on 03/03/2011 9:55:53 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: The Shrew

This interview was horrible, but O’reilly will never admit it.

That aside, I don’t know why he has guests on his show (which is the only reason I watch it) if he’s not going to let them talk and instead tells them what they should say/think.

I guess he’s a useful idiot by bringing interesting people and opinions on the air.


26 posted on 03/03/2011 9:56:59 PM PST by bigbob
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To: LeoWindhorse
personally , I thought Rumsfeld dragged his ass on troops numbers in the lead up to the fight . We should have overwhelmed them . We should have totally pressured Turkey to allow a complete second front utilizing the 4th ID and we should have never put the situation into the hands of the inept Interm Authority after the initial victory . They really screwed the pooch.

Personally, I think Roethlisberger should have held on to those two time-outs in the second half. He really screwed the pooch on that one!

27 posted on 03/03/2011 9:56:59 PM PST by McBuff
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To: Lazlo in PA

You just gave me my first LOL of the night.

Thanks, I needed that.


28 posted on 03/03/2011 9:57:34 PM PST by Bullish (Obama's obviously drunk at the wheel and should be taken off the road before he gets people killed)
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To: Lazlo in PA
I also think your show is funnier than any prime time comedy.

Talk about striking comedic gold! You're definitely in the running for post of the night. Thank you for making me laugh.

TS

29 posted on 03/03/2011 9:58:41 PM PST by The Shrew (www.wintersoldier.com; www.tstrs.com; The Truth Shall Set You Free!)
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To: bigbob

The blowhard’s favorite line is:

“Am I wrong?”


30 posted on 03/03/2011 9:59:16 PM PST by Kevin in California
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To: LeoWindhorse
We should have totally pressured Turkey to allow a complete second front utilizing the 4th ID and we should have never put the situation into the hands of the inept Interm Authority after the initial victory .

The Turkey thing came down at the last moment -- the 4th ID was already in Alexandretta awaiting permission to debark. What stopped the action was a vote in the Turkish legislature -- something like 251-249, which we now know was largely engineered and bankrolled by France.

The Department of Defense had plans to establish a military government upon the defeat of Hussein. The personnel were chosen and in place. But Colin Powell and the State Department usurped the authority -- against Rumsfeld's recommendation.

The blame belongs to France and Colin Powell.

31 posted on 03/03/2011 10:00:09 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: The Shrew

O’Reilly is an idiot. I stopped watching him in 2004 when he started to go after the Swift Vets, claiming he was going to expose them as a GOP toll.

They were not, they were just what they said they were.

O’Reilly crying about the public should have had all the information our generals and Bush had is ludicrous.

Once made public, your enemies know too.

What a maroon


32 posted on 03/03/2011 10:01:23 PM PST by DakotaRed (Why not just pass a law requiring criminals to obey the laws?)
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To: exit82
At one point Rumsfeld gave him a look like “and who the hell do you think you are”

That was my thought as well. I had to watch. Made me mad - but I had to watch and I must say Rumsfeld handled O'Reilly like he would a stormy teen-ager.

Regards,

TS

33 posted on 03/03/2011 10:02:01 PM PST by The Shrew (www.wintersoldier.com; www.tstrs.com; The Truth Shall Set You Free!)
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To: The Shrew
After watching the interview, or, rather, blatant attack, I'm thoroughly disgusted by this Hack, BOR. The public had a right to know about all the possible negative scenarios and outcomes? Give me a break. BOR is as big an idiot as Michael Moore.
34 posted on 03/03/2011 10:06:49 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier preparing to deploy to Afghanistan)
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To: Hildy
O’REilly is an ass. To ask why Rumsfeld didn’t inform the public of his trepidations going into the war was sophomoric and condescending. I can’t even stomach listening to his voice anymore. I’m not a huge Rumsfeld fan by any means, but that question and subsequent comments were just plain inane.

Bill O'Reilly is not a friend of Constitutional Conservatives in any way. I well remember the night on his program a few years ago when he painted FreeRepublic with the same brush as DailyKOS as a hate site.

35 posted on 03/03/2011 10:07:03 PM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: The Shrew

Did anyone think we were going to war with zero losses?


36 posted on 03/03/2011 10:07:56 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: The Shrew

BO stinks. Nothing new here.


37 posted on 03/03/2011 10:10:16 PM PST by discipler (How's that 'hope and change' working for 'ya? - RL)
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To: The Shrew

We need a graphic of O’Blowhard photoshopped as Fonzie jumping the shark.

Because he did tonight.


38 posted on 03/03/2011 10:12:07 PM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: exit82

BOR showed everyone what a dimwitted jerk he really is tonight.


39 posted on 03/03/2011 10:18:23 PM PST by Irish Eyes
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To: The Shrew
"What is wrong with you Free Republic folks that you don't like me? Don't you know I'm Brilliant!"


40 posted on 03/03/2011 10:20:10 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: SoldierDad
BOR is as big an idiot as Michael Moore.

You got it. One's skinny. One's fat. Same mush for brains.

TS

41 posted on 03/03/2011 10:20:58 PM PST by The Shrew (www.wintersoldier.com; www.tstrs.com; The Truth Shall Set You Free!)
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To: re_nortex; kristinn
Bill O'Reilly is not a friend of Constitutional Conservatives in any way. I well remember the night on his program a few years ago when he painted FreeRepublic with the same brush as DailyKOS as a hate site.

If he gets wind of this thread he'll be doing the same thing again!

Hey, Kristinn! If he calls I'm available for an interview!

Regards,

TS

42 posted on 03/03/2011 10:25:37 PM PST by The Shrew (www.wintersoldier.com; www.tstrs.com; The Truth Shall Set You Free!)
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To: Irish Eyes
BOR showed everyone what a dimwitted jerk he really is tonight.

Hey! How can you say that? He's Irish!

Regards,

TS

43 posted on 03/03/2011 10:26:51 PM PST by The Shrew (www.wintersoldier.com; www.tstrs.com; The Truth Shall Set You Free!)
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To: LeoWindhorse
personally , I thought Rumsfeld dragged his ass on troops numbers in the lead up to the fight . We should have overwhelmed them . [...]

I would recommend that you read his book. I think you'll come away with a different impression.

44 posted on 03/03/2011 10:28:00 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Ramius

I’m reading his book now. I’m around 120 pages in. Interesting read thus far. I look forward to the chapters dealing with the aftermath of 9/11.


45 posted on 03/03/2011 10:31:26 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier preparing to deploy to Afghanistan)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Brilliant blowhard!!!


46 posted on 03/03/2011 10:32:15 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier preparing to deploy to Afghanistan)
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To: SoldierDad; Ramius
I’m reading his book now. I’m around 120 pages in. Interesting read thus far. I look forward to the chapters dealing with the aftermath of 9/11

Thanks for the recommendation. It's moving up my list now. I'm reading Unbroken and it is an amazing book.

Regards,

TS

47 posted on 03/03/2011 10:36:42 PM PST by The Shrew (www.wintersoldier.com; www.tstrs.com; The Truth Shall Set You Free!)
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To: The Shrew
I stopped watching O'Reilly a long time ago. I figured out that this man looks at his hate mail and ratings Liberals vs Conservatives and whatever side has lower ratings he becomes their side for a week or so until he gets the ratings up.

Michael Savage does the same. He'll bash democrats to a point then he bashes republicans only for the purpose of keeping the liberal side listening.

They are not authentic like the Rush clan (Rush, Hannity, Levin, Drudge, Coulter, Gallagher,)

48 posted on 03/03/2011 10:37:41 PM PST by tsowellfan (Don't Blame Me, I voted for Alan Keyes)
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To: DakotaRed
I stopped watching him in 2004 when he started to go after the Swift Vets, claiming he was going to expose them as a GOP toll.

Me too. His ratings among liberals must have been low that week.

49 posted on 03/03/2011 10:41:04 PM PST by tsowellfan (Don't Blame Me, I voted for Alan Keyes)
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To: The Shrew

The last book I read was Michael Reagan’s book, “The New Reagan Revolution”. That was a great read, and I highly recommend it.


50 posted on 03/03/2011 10:41:52 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier preparing to deploy to Afghanistan)
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