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Asked if he wanted the US to win in Iraq, David Letterman (I’m a fan) at first hesitated, then waffled. Asked again (by Bill O’Reilly; I’m not a fan), Letterman made an idiot of himself:

O’Reilly: Let me ask you something. And this is a serious question. Do you want the United States to win in Iraq?

Letterman: Here is my position in the beginning … I sort of felt the way everybody did, we felt like we wanted to do something, because something terrible had been done to us. We did not understand exactly why; all we knew was something terrible, something heinous, something obscene had been done to us. So while it didn’t necessarily make sense to go into Iraq as it did perhaps to go into Afghanistan I, like most everybody else, felt like yes, we needed to do something. And as the weeks turned into months, years and one death became a dozen deaths and a hundred deaths and a thousand deaths, then we began to realize, “You know what? Maybe we’re causing more trouble over there than the whole effort has been worth.”

O’Reilly: Possible, but do you right now? Do you want the United States to win in Iraq? … It’s an easy question, if you don’t want the United States to win …

Letterman: It’s not easy for me because I’m thoughtful.

Letterman’s had three years to think about this … and still can’t decide if he’d prefer the US (fighting alongside Iraqi forces) to prevail. Sad.

Posted by Tim B. on 11/01/2006 at 11:19 AM
    1. Letterman: It’s not easy for me because I’m thoughtful.

      Wrong. It’s not easy for him because in his heart he has sold out to the traitors.

      He is weak, stupid, cowardly and now also a betrayer in his heart and mind.

      Posted by Grimmy on 2006 11 01 at 12:41 PM • permalink


    1. Funny, because I’m thoughtful it’s easy for me. Perhaps Dave (I used to be a fan—Late Night Dave was lots funnier than Late Show Dave) should read Omar Fadhil in today’s WSJ:

      Let’s call the battle for middle east, and I think politicians do not need anyone to explain to them what this part of the world means . . .  the outcome of war in Iraq does not affect Iraq alone, a victory means disrupting the ring of terror and extremism the enemies are trying to establish while failure would be equal to allowing them to establish that huge ring, or should I say that gigantic octopus of terrorists and terror-supporting regimes that would extend from Afghanistan in the east to Libya in the west and from Iraq in the north to Sudan and Somalia in the south.

      How about thinking about that, Dave?

      Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2006 11 01 at 12:54 PM • permalink


    1. What is even sadder that Letterman has toured Iraq with the USO, and put on a pretty good show.  I attended one in Kuwait on Christmas Eve, 2004, and he was not at all ambivalent about why he was there… honor and support the troops.  The next day, he was in Baghdad.

      Of course, there were no TV cameras at that show.  This might have been a factor.

      To be fair, Letterman excluded any politics from his performance (unlike Al Franken, whose running gags in his USO tour were decidedly left leaning), and did not mention the war at all.  Letterman was there to entertain, not preach, and entertain he did.  I still remember Grinder Girl……

      But it’s clear that Letterman is playing to the TV audience….and forgetting the troops, who are there to win.

      And that’s really sad.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2006 11 01 at 12:57 PM • permalink


    1. It’s at 1:19 on this  YouTube link.

      Maybe Dave’s on the right side on THE major issue of our time, Global Warmering.

      Posted by ErnestBludger on 2006 11 01 at 01:09 PM • permalink


    1. Letterman used to be funny before he (and others) started taking himself so seriously.  Dave, you’re a cheap-shot comedian – be funny.  The silly exchange detailed above is the result of Letterman trying so hard to get a cheap shot in at O’Reilly (sigh) that he essentially said, “I’m stupid.  I don’t think before I spew.”

      It’s really sad.

      KS – Excellent link to WSJ.  Omar puts it about as clear as it can get meaning, of course, it will be ignored by the Left.

      Posted by Winger on 2006 11 01 at 01:38 PM • permalink


    1. A friend met Letterman a couple of years ago at a party at the German Embassy in New York City.  He came across as a pretentious dickhead.  Nick Cage, at the same party, impressed him as a great guy you wouldn’t mind having a brewski with.

      I’ve rarely watched Letterman’s show.  He never impressed me as being particularly funny, entertaining, or bright.  His performance with Rather after 911 was an exercise in self-promotion.

      Posted by trainer on 2006 11 01 at 01:38 PM • permalink


    1. Letterman: It’s not easy for me because I’m thoughtful.

      And what he is really thinking about is:  If I answer this way or that way, how will it affect my ratings?

      That’s the bottom line.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 11 01 at 01:50 PM • permalink


    1. Letterman hasn’t been funny since the 80s.  He still
      does the same juvenile schtick he did back then, it
      just looks lame coming from an old man.  He doesn’t
      strike me as being very bright either.

      Posted by AnnNY on 2006 11 01 at 01:52 PM • permalink


    1. The late MIke Royko, no right-winger, once began a column by declaring his intention to move to Norway because he couldn’t deal with living in a country where many thought David Letterman was funny.

      Posted by chinesearithmetic on 2006 11 01 at 01:59 PM • permalink


    1. I, too, have grown rather tired of Letterman’s devolution into a nervous, aging, mean-spirited “host”.  And he used to be so funny!!  I wonder how Paul Schaffer puts up with the guy.

      And God I miss Mike Royko!!  Never afraid to tell it like he saw it.  I remember when he said some un-PC utterance around 10 years ago, and he got some grief from the local newspaper wench (you probably know the type: forty-something liberal mother of one who shares her “deeply insightful” thought processes, which always lead to very PC conclusions).  She couldn’t carry his proverbial jock strap.

      Posted by Tex Lovera on 2006 11 01 at 02:13 PM • permalink


    1. “It’s not easy for me because I’m thoughtful” is what you get when you substitute feel-good sloganeering for, you know, actual thinking.

      Posted by PW on 2006 11 01 at 02:23 PM • permalink


    1. Larry “Bud” Melman was ten thousand times the man Letterman ever was.

      Posted by Rob Crawford on 2006 11 01 at 02:56 PM • permalink


    1. Next question should have been “How long before you think you can nut this one out Dave?”

      Posted by CB on 2006 11 01 at 02:57 PM • permalink


    1. Letterman has always struck me as an angry white guy, with a bad prostate, dying to tell everyone how much smarter he is then they are. By not answering he states clearly what he thinks. A defeat for America is a defeat for GWB and that makes it worthwhile. What a fucking turd.

      O’Reilly is an arrogant turd but Letterman is worse.

      Posted by swassociates on 2006 11 01 at 04:20 PM • permalink


    1. I’m mixing my allusions here, but if the West can’t stop being too thoughtful, too Hamlet-like, or too faux-innocent and Desdemona-ish, there’s a Moor waiting to put a pillow over its face.
      (stand by for Umpire Malty waving ethnic descriptor red card)

      Posted by blogstrop on 2006 11 01 at 05:12 PM • permalink


    1. Letterman is an unfunny and angry man. To watch his show is to come away with a tinge of darkness. So, I switched him off for Jay Leno. As to this issue of not having made up his mind, note how he said he felt we had to do “something.” That something could’ve been go outside and smoke a cigarette, but then he’s in LA. The man doesn’t understand that when you’re attacked, if they punch, you pull a knife; if they pull a knife, you pull a gun. If they strike, you kill. He’s too liberal and namby-pamby to get it.

      Posted by bongani on 2006 11 01 at 06:26 PM • permalink


    1. Dave sounds like he’s been to the John F. Kerry school of The Nuanced Response.

      I quit watching Dave after he moved to CBS.

      Posted by saltydog on 2006 11 01 at 06:31 PM • permalink


    1. I never really got Letterman’s ‘humor,’ I guess. It surprised me that so many people I knew were nearly wetting their pants with excitement at his every twitch. Pity he’s a Hoosier, too, since I married an Indiana boy…then again, Dave’s been in NewYawk a long damn time now, hasn’t he…

      I would imagine it’s difficult for an ‘interviewer’ to BE interviewed, but still, it’s a simple damn question, Dave! Man Up!

      Posted by KC on 2006 11 01 at 06:34 PM • permalink


    1. Once again RebeccaH (#7) cuts to the chase.

      Posted by Henry boy on 2006 11 01 at 06:42 PM • permalink


    1. I think RebeccaH at #7 has it.

      Posted by Janice on 2006 11 01 at 06:49 PM • permalink


    1. Waddya expect from a Mets fan?

      Go Yankees!

      Posted by Apparatchik on 2006 11 01 at 06:51 PM • permalink


    1. David Letterman is a Professional Teenage Buffoon with a PhD in “Shallow Idiocy for Profit”.
      He’s spent his whole career being UNthoughtful in a witty way, so why would anyone ask him for a Deep Thought now?

      I can’t believe Al Franken was invited by the USO.

      Posted by Barrie on 2006 11 01 at 07:09 PM • permalink


    1. the sad part is, the untalented unfunny letterman’s sort-of response stands out as a shining example of glorious truth compared to most of his liberal friends answer to that o’reilly question.

      while he did not dare speak the truth: he and all liberals want america to lose in iraq and everywhere else – letterman at least didn’t hide behind the “of course i want us to win! never mind i’m actively working towards our defeat!” whopper preferred by most of them.

      no one with a brain could ever respect these traitorous assclowns, but letterman’s semi-truthful response is certainly less contemptible than pelosi/murtha/kerry’s lies. your modern democrat party in action!  *sigh*

      still looking to move to fair oz. any word yet on whether being a wiseass is considered a valuable skill there?

      Posted by jimmy quest on 2006 11 01 at 07:14 PM • permalink


    1. Barrie, here is the USO photo gallery (2005-2006).  Al Franken’s photo is in there somewhere.

      But, really, what I do want to point out is that many celebrities do donate their time to USO tours, and often with little fanfare….even if they are annoying lefties, they do put their money where their mouth is.  Note that Gary Sinise (not a leftie by any definition of the word) has a lot of such tours under his belt.  I saw Letterman’s photo in there as well.

      BTW, the USO is a non-profit organization, and operates largely by donations, and logistical support from the military.  If you have a few spare shekels, consider donating—these folks go where the troops are.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2006 11 01 at 07:37 PM • permalink


    1. David Letterman is just a cheap ripoff of Steve Vizard.

      Tim, I’m surprised you don’t like Bill O’Reilly.

      Posted by Dan Lewis on 2006 11 01 at 07:38 PM • permalink


    1. The Democrats have been a rabbit caught in the headlights on the Iraq war just as the ALP here have been. All they can see is defeat. They were unable to sensibly contribute to the debate before the war and can now only meekly whisper “we told you so”.

      Told us what exactly? No WMDs? How did you know that? What was your intelligence? Why didn’t you share it with the rest of us? No exit strategy? What was your’s? How many men were needed? When? Where?

      Sorry, but your chants of “war is murder” and “we shall overcome” really didn’t help us.

      Posted by SingleMalt on 2006 11 01 at 08:10 PM • permalink


    1. TRJ

      Gary Senise has atleast 18 USO tours under his belt.

      Posted by yojimbo on 2006 11 01 at 09:14 PM • permalink


    1. Yup, yojimbo!  It’s listed on that USO gallery page.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2006 11 01 at 11:39 PM • permalink


    1. David Letterman is just a cheap ripoff of Steve Vizard.

      LOL 😉

      Posted by Apparatchik on 2006 11 02 at 01:47 AM • permalink


    1. Bring back Johnny Carson.
      Or Jack Paar even.

      Posted by Bonmot on 2006 11 02 at 02:44 AM • permalink


    1. Not one of today’s late night yahoos is fit to tie Carson’s shoes.  And on his worst night, Paar would make mince-meat out of these guys.

      Posted by saltydog on 2006 11 02 at 02:59 AM • permalink


    1. O’Reilly always has great talent on his show.

      Posted by anthony_r on 2006 11 02 at 08:37 AM • permalink


    1. Letterman is on TV here in West Oz at about 0330. The only people who are up at that hour are insomniacs, cops, criminals, and RWDB’s cleaning their guns.

      None of whom give a rat’s arse what Letterman thinks.

      Best described as “mumbling wallpaper”

      Posted by Pedro the Ignorant on 2006 11 02 at 08:44 AM • permalink


    1. What’s a “hoosier”?

      Posted by crash on 2006 11 02 at 10:02 AM • permalink


    1. Crash – and anyone else here who’s not from the USA – a Hoosier is a person from the great state of Indiana. I don’t remember where the name comes from, but I bet Google will have a few answers. The only thing I do sorta recall is an insult & I don’t remember it well enough to tell it.

      Posted by KC on 2006 11 02 at 10:15 AM • permalink


    1. well, let’s not go overboard now. indiana is more a “so-so” kind of state – “the ‘meh’ state of indiana!”

      like that. now if it’s a great state you’re looking for, you’ll be wanting Texas, of course. or what Texas used to be, anyway.

      Posted by jimmy quest on 2006 11 02 at 03:28 PM • permalink


    1. I always thought “midwestern state” sounded kinda so-so, too. ‘Meh’ is a perfect description.

      I can’t disagree that for Great states, Texas is definitely one (as long as you don’t force me to be a Cowboys fan). As is my own home state of Montana, of course.

      Posted by KC on 2006 11 02 at 04:02 PM • permalink


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