Thursday, August 25, 2022

Overheard at Table 3: Cryptogram from Bill O'Reilly and a Decade of Ensuing Commentary


"If the Americans go in and overthrow Saddam Hussein and it's clean, he has nothing, I will apologize to the nation, and I will not trust the Bush Administration again."
— Bill O'Reilly

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Average Time:59 seconds
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Bill O'Reilly

Bill O'Reilly

William James "Bill" O'Reilly, Jr. is an American television host, author, syndicated columnist and political commentator. He is the host of the political commentary program The O'Reilly Factor on the Fox News Channel, which is the most watched cable news...  More

Comments on this Puzzle:

April 27, 2011, 12:11 am
Has he apologized yet? Did I miss something?
August 14, 2011, 7:00 pm
um i dont recall an apology???
December 9, 2011, 9:53 pm
June 19, 2012, 10:35 pm
Furthermore, he not only trusted Bush, he praised him.
April 9, 2013, 2:59 am
I don't recall Saddam Hussein being clean. He was pretty brutal
June 25, 2013, 3:48 am
What he meant by the word "clean" was that IF they found no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq then it was "clean". After all, wasn't that the reason the Bush administration gave us for their invasion?
June 27, 2013, 4:38 am
We haven't invaded nations that have brutal leaders if they don't have oil. Notice, in Bush's 2002 State of the Union address, he calls North Korea Axis of Evil? They have had nukes for 7 years, they test fire missiles that have a farther range than those Iraqi Scud Missiles, they point them in the direction of Hawaii when they're test fired, and the UN acknowledges this. No invasion of North Korea because there's no oil.
March 8, 2014, 9:09 am
you know that spot on your computer? that's his pinochio nose trying to come out of the picture
August 5, 2014, 8:09 pm
and yet he STILL has a national audience that revere him! What a crazy world it is.
August 9, 2014, 2:29 pm
We went in, Saddam was dirty, there were WMDs, we took him out, we tried to nation build, we were foolish not to keep the oil fields under administration and revenue until the nation did get build. Today: we elected our own Huseein, he's also bat-set crazy. And he's effed up Iraq too. And not just Iraq, but Libya, Syria, etc etc. And of course us.
October 6, 2014, 8:04 am
What WMDs? And it was the Bush administration that allowed the terrorists to thrive and take over Iraq and Afghanistan. Saddam may have been brutal, but he was no threat to us or the rest of the world.
December 18, 2014, 5:04 am
Can we impeach Bush and Cheney after they have left office? I guess not. Well, then, turn them over to the Hague for war crimes
June 24, 2015, 5:27 am
Spot on, bansai.
July 25, 2016, 8:13 am
kick their ass and take their gas
November 6, 2016, 9:34 pm
Many good comments here. But bvwRedux -- are you living in some alternate universe? Perhaps that alternate universe is Fox News. BTW, O'Reilly has lost the court battle for custody of his children, with implication of spousal abuse.
December 17, 2016, 2:48 am
58 seconds.
December 23, 2016, 3:30 am
Bill O'Reilly ((link) 'the left in America is demanding that the Electoral College system put into place in 1787 be scrapped' because 'the left wants power taken away from the white establishment.'
January 12, 2017, 4:43 am
The Electoral College may have made sense when created but today it's an anachronism that should be scrapped. When I vote locally my vote counts as much as every other voter's. Same thing when I vote on a state-wide level. But as a Californian, when I vote for President my vote has much less impact than those in rural states. ((link) This is democracy? And before the O'Reilly types denounce me as a "leftist" trying to bring down the "white establishment", let me point out that I'm a middle-age, white, small business owner who has created more jobs and paid more taxes than probably 99% of the "Alt-Righters". (okay, getting off the soapbox).
January 15, 2017, 3:07 pm
February 23, 2017, 12:27 pm
Good speech, jimdgar, thank you.
March 31, 2017, 12:41 pm
This is April 2017,and just the other night he apologized to California congresswoman Maxine Waters for making fun of her hair.
June 2, 2017, 8:43 pm
And now he's an unemployed serial sex offender.
January 16, 2018, 3:26 pm
The "white establishment?" Hello, this country is supposed to be governed by a majority of THE PEOPLE, not some "white establishment."
May 1, 2018, 2:36 pm
This is such a mild lie, I'm surprised anyone even noticed. A much better one was calling his show "The No Spin Zone" where everything was more or less spun finer and sweeter than cotton candy. But these are just baby lies in comparison to the mature, adult lying currently being produced at the White House and on the Sean Hannity show. "They hurt the ones that I love best, they cover up the truth with lies, one day you'll be in the ditch, flies buzzing around your eyes, and blood on your collar. You're an idiot babe. It's a wonder that we still know how to breathe." Bob Dylan said that in "Idiot Wind." He won the Nobel Prize recently, and that's the truth.
October 26, 2018, 8:02 am
You guys must not watch his show. He did apologize.
December 5, 2018, 6:12 am
74 seconds
June 25, 2019, 11:23 pm
I'm amazed that anyone is still trying to claim Iraq had WMD's. That's like flat earth level delusional.
July 9, 2019, 4:55 pm
Apologizes are cheap, so why not?
July 20, 2019, 9:04 pm
In March 2003 Donald Rumsfeld specifically said where Saddam Hussein's WMD were located: "We know where they are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat." In 2006 he denied making prewar claims that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Jeez, I can't believe conservatives continue to believe conmen like Bush and Comrade tRump after so much proof that they lie lie lie. I sure wish I had swampland in Florida to sell; I'd make fortune on gullible conservatives.
February 13, 2020, 11:25 pm
Coming off of a Dick Cheney quote with lots of passion in the comments, this is just as good. And, Andy, did not go off the deep end this time. Congrats! Your meds are working.
April 17, 2020, 11:28 am
January 6, 2021, 9:19 pm
Biden not only voted for the war when he was chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (that committee should have been on top of things), but also spoke out in favor of going to war as did other high profile Democrats. These people had much of the same intel as did Bush. A later joint Senate select committee of Republicans and Democrats all agreed that the intel was faulty. That may just be a case of politicians covering their own asses but there is plenty of blame, if there is blame, to go around. It is funny, but not amusing, how staunch political types can only see things one way while heaping scorn on their opposites.

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