“We have Saddam Hussein,” declared billionaire industrialist Charles Koch, apparently referring to President Barack Obama as he welcomed hundreds of wealthy guests to the latest of the secret fundraising and strategy seminars he and his brother host twice a year. The 2012 elections, he warned, will be “the mother of all wars.”
That’s Bradblog’s Brad Friedman reporting for Mother Jones on what Charles Koch says about the president behind closed doors. The Koch brothers are key funders of climate science disinformation, the Tea Party extremists, and right-wing causes.
It is beyond ironic that Koch would call the president “Saddam Hussein,” when Obama was elected in a free and fair election and has done more than any other president to reduce dependence on imported oil. Charles Koch, on the other hand, is the unelected Petro-Boss whose money comes in large part from oil and who spends millions fighting to keep America addicted to oil.
Here’s the audio of Koch’s remarks obtained by Friedman:
Here’s a partial transcript:
But we’ve been talking about — we have Saddam Hussein, this is the Mother of All Wars we’ve got in the next 18 months. For the life or death of this country. So, I’m not going to do this to put any pressure on anyone here, mind you. This is not pressure. But if this makes your heart feel glad and you want to be more forthcoming, then so be it.
Yes, if hearing the President of the United States called Saddam Hussein — and learning your donations are aimed at turning the 2012 election into the Mother of All Wars — “makes your heart feel glad,” well, then you must be a billionaire pollutocrat.
As TP reports:
Koch also read off a list of 32 donors who gave a million dollars or more to his efforts to build up far-right infrastructure. Mother Jones’s Gavin Aronsen notes that this list was largely corroborated by ThinkProgress research published in 2010. The list includes financiers such as Charles Schwab of the Charles Schwab Corporation and John Templeton, Jr. of the powerful John Templeton Foundation.