Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Republican caterwauling and outrage

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Spiking the football, huh? Can Republicans get any more ridiculous? Of course, if Republicans had a functioning cerebral cortex, they probably wouldn't be Republicans.

And the really funny thing is that Mitt Romney did say he wouldn't go after Osama bin Laden in Pakistan - and so did plenty of other Republicans.

Before Barack Obama got bin Laden, Republicans were doing their very best to ignore him, due to the uncomfortable fact that Bush had failed at it (supposedly our whole justification for invading Afghanistan) and that the guy he did go after, Saddam Hussein, had nothing to do with 9/11, had never attacked us, and was no threat to America whatsoever (but had, if no WMDs, certainly a great deal of oil).

Jon Stewart continues hammering Fox 'News' idiots in this followup clip (spoiler: Republicans don't get any less ridiculous). But instead of embedding that, I thought maybe I'd post the Barack Obama campaign ad they're complaining about:

As I say, it wasn't just Mitt Romney who specifically said he wouldn't go into Pakistan after bin Laden. In 2008, John McCain made a particular point of criticizing Barack Obama on that very issue, and plenty of other Republican leaders jumped on the bandwagon. (Obama had just said that he wouldn't rule it out.)

And note Romney's comment: "It's not worth moving heaven and earth, spending billions of dollars, just to catch one person." In fact, that was our entire justification for invading Afghanistan! Bush didn't spend billions of dollars on it, but trillions of dollars! And thousands of American lives. And he failed completely.

Barack Obama - remember how "weak" he was supposed to be on terrorism? remember how he believed in "appeasing" the terrorists, according to the GOP? - showed us how we should have gone after Osama bin Laden in the first place. And it wouldn't have cost us trillions, or even billions.

And we wouldn't still be stuck in a quagmire of a war, either, if we'd done it his way. Oh, Barack Obama deserves plenty of credit for this one. I hope he uses it to kick Republican butt all the way to November (and beyond).


Jeff said...


Interesting take you had in this morning's LJS:

"And the Republican Party is eager to go along with it - even the Protestant evangelicals who hate the Catholic Church with a passion - because they'll do literally ANYTHING if it will advance their political ambition in any way.

Of course, if they ever do succeed in eliminating the separation of church and state, welcome to Baghdad. When they finally get around to deciding WHICH church will be in charge, then the bullets will fly."

I had not considered that before. For the last 20 years, my biggest fear was that this whole Left v. Right "bitchy-queen fight" would eventually deteriorate into an actual shooting civil war. IMO, I'm surprised it hasn't happened already.

But you gave me a whole new angle to consider. Neither the Catholics or the Protestants are keen on playing second fiddle to ANYBODY. Northern Ireland isn't that far back in the history books. And remember what happened to Gandhi's India after the British Raj finally left? There's still a simmering hatred between the Hindus and Muslims.

Memo to the right-wing Christian Conservatives: be careful what you wish for...

Chimeradave said...

LOL that fake George Bush campaign ad in the clip you linked to was pure comic gold!

WCG said...

Yeah, Jeff. I just don't understand why anyone would want to chip away at that wall of separation between church and state. After all, it protects Christians just as much as anyone else.

But these people are short-sighted and fantasy-prone. And they always imagine themselves on top, I guess.

WCG said...

Heh, heh. I thought that was pretty good, too, John.