Charles Koch compares Obama to Saddam Hussein at Vail-area conservative confab

Charles Koch compares Obama to Saddam Hussein at Vail-area conservative confab

Mother Jones today posted a story by Brad Friedman linking to audio secretly recorded at the Koch brothers conservative confab and so-called “dark-money fundraiser” at the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch near Beaver Creek in June.

Energy and chemicals billionaires Charles and David Koch have taken to Colorado’s high country in recent years (last year they were in Aspen) to raise big bucks for the Tea Party movement and develop a plan for toppling President Barack Obama in 2012.

This summer’s top-secret, tightly secured and heavily patrolled meeting near Vail drew Republican presidential frontrunner Rick Perry, who only reluctantly acknowledged his attendance after the fact. It also drew protesters from various progressive groups who gathered at Avon’s Nottingham Park at the base of the resort.

While the full audio and transcript is available on the Brad Blog, the highlight seems to be this comparison by Charles Koch between the late Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein and Obama:

“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.”

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David O. Williams

is an award-winning reporter who has covered energy, environmental and political issues for years. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune and Denver Post. He's founder of Real Vail
and Real Aspen.

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