Aspen homeowner compares Obama to Saddam Hussein, warns 2012 will be 'Mother of All Wars'

By David O. Williams
Real AspenSeptember 6, 2011
Aspen homeowner and Tea Party rainmaker Charles Koch compared President Obama to late Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein at a "dark money" fundraiser near Beaver Creek this summer, Mother Jones reported today.
Charles and David Koch

The revelation was made in a story posted by Brad Friedman on the San Francisco-based magazine's website that linked to audio secretly recorded at the Koch brothers conservative confab 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 to raise big bucks for the Tea Party movement (last year they did the same in Aspen) and develop a plan for toppling President Barack Obama in 2012. The Koch brothers, who each own homes in Aspen's West End, also hosted an executive roundtable for the Republican Governors Association in Aspen two months ago that helped build momentum for Rick Perry's presidential campaign.

This summer’s top-secret, tightly secured and heavily patrolled meeting outside of Vail also drew the Republican presidential frontrunner and Texan governor, 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 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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