Dennis Miller Sezwhat?
Here are a couple of rants from the king of the rant himself. A bit of history first though. Miller rose to fame from 1985 to 1991 as a regular on Saturday Night Live, where he served as a "Weekend Update" commentator. From 1994 to 2002, he was the host of Dennis Miller Live, a half-hour talk show on HBO characterized by its stark simplicity. Miller won five Emmy Awards while hosting the show, which aired 215 episodes during its nine-year run.
In 2000, Miller became the co-host of Monday Night Football. After his role ended with Monday Night Football and Dennis Miller Live, he turned to political commentary. In 2003, he provided regular commentary for the FOX News show Hannity & Colmes. However, he was only given a 3-minute spot one day a week. Hardly the "show given to him on FOX" that the left-wingers accuse him of taking. That is the basis of why the left-wingers say Miller turned from Democrat to Republican. Yeah, he must have received a small fortune to appear for 3 minutes a week! That would make me change parties! Cry me a river, losers! Can't one man have an opinion? He's not a politician; he can change his views. Unless it's your views he's changed away from. According to a Miller interview in the Electric City, 9/11 and the Afghanistan/Iraq invasions that followed changed his outlook. He quoted the negative Democrat predictions for the Afghanistan/Iraq invasions that included:
"We were going to get bogged down in an endless, yes, Quagmire."
"Terrorist attacks would mount, undermining Americans' security at home." (Instead, the outcome has demoralized terrorists everywhere.)
"They presented experts with scenarios that predict three months of war and a death toll as high as 11,200 total casualties per week. The prediction of taking the whole of Iraq and not just to drive Iraq from Kuwait is worse: " Taking Baghdad could require three months of combat. The US could be expected to sustain approximately 45,000 casualties, about 10,000 of which would be deaths.... The Iraqi military would suffer about 150,000 casualties, of which 35,000 would be deaths.... Arab and European forces would suffer 10,000 to 15,000 casualties. Civilian casualties from air attacks and the battle for Baghdad might exceed 100,000," reported The [CDI] Defense Monitor.
"The home front would come apart as massive protests divided the American people just like in the 1960s."
"Iraq's oilfields would go up in flames -- just as Kuwait's did during the first Gulf War."
"Baghdad was going to be another Stalingrad. Tikrit was going to be Saddam's last and greatest stand. The Kurds and Turks would go to war against each other."
"All of Iraq's cities would have to be conquered street by street, house by house."
"Israel would be inundated with Scuds, and war would engulf the Middle East."
"The fabled Arab Street would revolt, overthrowing regimes left and right and setting the entire region ablaze." (Which proved another fable.)
"North Korea's always dangerous dictatorship would take
advantage of our preoccupation with Iraq to proceed with its nuclear armament,
maybe even start a war." (Instead, Pyongyang began making conciliatory
sounds as soon as the Allied victory in Iraq became unmistakable.)
Miller noted these terribly un-American, morale-breaking, inaccurate predictions and said that at that point he was fed up with the Democrats and left-wing politics. Notice he was still working at HBO when the whole Epiphany occurred. So he began a prime-time political show on CNBC in early 2004 called Dennis Miller. He has also appeared on various TV shows. I will add more rants as I find them. Here are some I have:
The Tonight Show With Jay Leno'
Feb. 25, 2003
Jay Leno: Let me ask you, war inevitable, what do you got?
Dennis Miller: Listen, we have got to do it soon, just
we've got to mark our turf. I think Iraq is like East Korea. I think
you got to send a message to these people over there, and I think this build-up
to the war is why we're having all this controversy.
Because the last one, is it just me or did it seem to happen just like that. Was watching CNN one night, the first Gulf War, they are sitting around in the Baghdad hotel, the No Roof Inn or something, and they're watching "the Bachelor," and it's a little harder for the bachelor over there because it's tough to tell who's hot under the Burqua. They had just ordered some hummuus and smores from room service and all of a sudden a gallaga game broke out. The sky was full.
We waited so long here, of course you'll hear a lot of controversy. I think it's time to go in. You think the Elite Republican Guard is really going to stop us? Anybody remember these guys from the last battle? They warned us, you don't want to run into the Elite Republican Guard, they're killing machines. We got 20 miles away from them, all we saw is Roadrunner clouds running off into the distance. They were in Vegas last week opening for Robert Goulet. I think it's time to start the war. My favorite Afghani war story is the Al Qaeda fighter who is crushed to death by the dissenting humanitarian food pallet. Everybody sitting around in the next life at the Psychotic Algonquin Roundtable swapping tales. What happened to you, Khalid? I saw a shadow, looked up, Del Monte cling peaches coming right at my head. I didn't even have the Kevlar turban on that day.
Listen, it's time to do something. For God's sake, Saddam Hussein
is well, it kills me that so many people are thinking this man
I hear this revisionist stuff now, that he doesn't deserve to be attacked.
It's unbelievable to me. I saw Ed Harris one night
speaking at a pro-choice pro-choice rally. Ed Harris the actor said we shouldn't go to war. I was thinking if you can't get your head around the war, why don't you just think of it as choosing to abort Saddam Hussein. Wouldn't that be a rationale that you could possibly Listen, we got to take care of ourselves now. I mean who going to protect us? I'm not saying we have to be trigger happy, but let's not be trigger sad either. Who are we going to bank on. You going to rely on the Germans? For god's sake, with the Germans you never know if they're not signing on because they don't believe in it or it's just not on a grand enough scale, you know. The Germans, it's like when Alfred Nobel started giving the peace prize. You know where he made his
fortune, dynamite, he invented dynamite. He was so haunted he was going to go to hell, he said at the end, here's 9 million, give out the peace award. That's what the Germans do. They know they've got the skankiest track record on the planet earth so now they'll be obstinate about being pacifists. Even with bad guys, the Russians, I don't know, I think Putin is on a tight leash right now because of that nerve gas disaster they had in Moscow. Really stop to think about it, if they could take out that many friendlies liberating an opera house, do you really want them flying off your wing in a real war? You know something? The Belgians, you knew they'd waffle?
That brings us to... well, you know where that brings us, to
the French. The French, you might as well gas up the dinghy and go fishing
with Fredo because you are dead to me, okay. You know something? These pricks
are now putting they're putting swastikas on our flag in France. You've
got all those boys buried in Normandy. And after we had the good taste to
chisel the armpit hair off the Statue of Liberty you gave us, you know something,
I always thought that tint was oxidized copper. Little did I know it
was green with envy. You know something, I say we don't let these guys on
the war train now. They don't want to be involved, fine. I say the train pulls
out, leave them on the platform and say listen you're not allowed to fight
with us now. You guys want to get your hands dirty at this late date, you'll
have to run them through your own hair. You know something, everybody's talking
about post-liberation Iraq and who should take care of it. Listen, you know
they need the oil and you know there's a lot of dirty paper on the French
providing reactor parts that we're going to unearth. I'd have a back channel
call from Bush to Chirac and I'd tell him, listen, pal, you know who's going
to handle the day-to-day necessities of the noble Iraqi, it's you, my friend.
Concierge is a French word, isn't it? You know something, if they couldn't I say we invade Iraq and then invade Chirac. You run a pipe -- you run a pipe from the oilfield right over this Eiffel Tower, shoot it up and have the world's biggest oil derrick. We got a picture of it right here. Yeah. Listen, I would call the French scum bags, but that, of course, would be a disservice to
bags filled with scum. I'm just saying listen, I'd like to have allies too. What's happening in this world right now, we have a competency chasm. We are getting real good at what we do and the whole world is going to hell in a handbasket. As that gap gets wider, they'll hate us more and more and more. We are simultaneously the most hated, feared, loved and admired planet nation on this planet. In short, we are Frank Sinatra and you know something, the Chairman didn't get to be the Chairman lying down for punks outside the Fountainbleu.
Now listen, I don't know what I think of George W. Bush when he first got in, but I've grown fond of the man, and maybe it's the times we live in. They say he's not an environmentalist. But every time I see his ranch on tv, it looks pretty nice. You know something, if we all took care of our own, we'd have a great environment. I think he ought to take Saddam Hussein on this debate, I like that idea. Because we can't find the guy anyway. Maybe this is a way to flush him out, huh? He can say... I hate to go back to the Godfather again, but we just sit Bush down and say, listen, we know where the debate is. Halfway through the opening remarks you say you got to take a pee, go into the bathroom, Rumsfeld will tape a gun up under the flusher. You come out, make sure it's there. Rumsfeld, I don't want my president walking out of there with just his @#$% in his hand. You put two shots into Hussein's head, you drop the gun and walk out of the restaurant. You do not run. Listen, I do not need a time of war to see peace protesters and that's fine, peace is fine, dissident is fine, that's the American way, but the Nazi signs have got to stop. If you're in a peace march and the guy next to you has a sign that says Bush is Hitler, forget the peace thing for a second and beat his ass, because he is not Hitler. You know something, this is this stuff has got to stop, somebody's got to say something good in this community about this man. I'm starting a new web site, pro-Bush, called www dot w. And you know something, if you're watching tonight, President Bush, and I'm not sure you are because I got a feeling you watch the national network reruns of "BJ and The Bear," but if you're watching, I want to just say, I think you're doing a hell of a job and I'm proud that you're my president. I want to thank you and wish you Godspeed because you got a tough deal of the cards. I think there are a lot more people out here on your side than you would think.
You know, Jay, I used to be a liberal. You look at what happens in the State of California with untethered liberalism. Everybody in this state in charge now is a Democrat. It's no longer the Andreas Fault, it's Gray Davis's fault. This is what happens when you elect lawyers. Shakespeare said first kill all the lawyers. I've been doing some some thinking, I think we could get away with it because if you kill all of them, at our murder trial, we wouldn't have adequate representation.