Keith Olbermann owes this country an apology.
It will not be offered, of course.
He does not realize its necessity.
There are now none around him who would tell him or could.
An apology is this pundit's only hope of regaining the slightest measure of confidence from a clear majority of viewers.
Not confidence in his "special comments" nor his narrow focus on his vision of the president's singular evil nor even that of the man who has sent him into apoplexy, Bill O'Reilly.
In a larger sense, this pundit needs to regain our confidence, that he has some basic understanding of what defense of this country represents -- of what it must do if we are to defeat not only terrorists, but terrorist sympathizers disguised as journalists.
Because it is evident now that this pseudo-journalist intends to be a contractor for an extremist ideology that more closely resembles an oppressive statist form of government than a religion.
The so-called newsman revealed this last Friday -- and every weekday, it seems, as he fairly spits through his teeth, words of unrestrained fury directed at the man who occupies the highest office in the land. Without respect, without moral standards, and without the common sense God granted a sponge, this faux journalist preaches of a "lost freedom" for which he can point to not a single incident.
That the man who compared the U.S. military to terrorist murderers and who advertises the falsehood of moral equivalence with every breath, that this man still has a job despite his appalling ratings is testament to an MSNBC management team that couldn't organize a bake sale.
With increasing rage, he and this management team have repeatedly told us that America is a fascist country, their demented disagreements so completely at odds with every form of legitimate, rational opposition that they are unique in the annals of American journalism.
It now shows us a frightened little man who has decided that a commanders-in-chief may have the right to pop a cap into Osama bin Ladin -- but he may never, ever, ever wiretap the man should he call into the United States.
This is a frightening, and a dangerous, delusion, Mr. Demi-Journalist.
Between your misguided confidence in your infallibility -- despite never providing a day of service to your country nor ever possessing a scrap of classified intelligence -- and your rages better suited to a thwarted three-year old, you have left the unnerving sense of a newsman coming unglued in prime time - a chilling suspicion that perhaps we have not seen the peak of the anger; that we can no longer forecast what next will be said to, or about, anyone who disagrees.
There needs to be a delegation of responsible individuals -- from the U.S. military or intelligence communities -- who can sit you down and explain the reality of the situation in which we live.
There needs to be an apology to the President of the United States.
And more than one.
Apologize, sir, for even hinting that the American military -- the same military that protects your crumb-laden pie-hole -- is equivalent to those who would blow-torch prisoners, winch their skulls into shards, and shred children with ball bearings.
Anything else, "Mister" Olbermann, is truly unacceptable.
Cross-posted at Doug Ross @ Journal