“Mr president, you did not just release the [Taliban POWs]; you unleashed them. And you and you alone will be responsible for the hell that will be unleashed on us,” – Judge Jeanne Pirro, Fox News.
“Are you listening, Capitol Hill and America? The Bowe Bergdahl mess isn’t just a story about one deserter, but two. There’s the muddle-headed lowlife who left his post and brothers behind. And there’s the corrupt commander in chief who has jeopardized more American soldiers’ lives to “rescue” Bergdahl by bowing to the Taliban, while snubbing the surviving heroes and the eight dead American soldiers who lost their lives because of him. This cannot stand,” – Michelle Malkin, Dolchstoss princess, and living embodiment of what I described here.
A reader in North Carolina flags a disturbing fundraising letter:
Not much shocks me anymore. I know how the right feels about Obama. They’ve made that clear. So when I received an envelope from my congressman, I almost trashed it like I do all the others. Still, since “no less than Western civilization” was apparently hanging in the balance, I thought I should read it. It’s mostly a fundraising screed filled with the usual apocalyptic Tea Party claptrap. Then, I got to this part of the letter [embedded below]:
You see, I am already on the front lines, taking seriously my oath of office: to defend the U.S. Constitution — and you and your fellow Americans — against all enemies, foreign and domestic. And for that I am being attacked from all sides, including from my fellow Republicans. My friend, make no mistake, Barack Obama is Enemy Number One!
As you can read from the envelope, this is a letter from Congressman Robert Pittenger, Chairman of the Congressional Taskforce on Terrorism & Unconventional Warfare. So, if the chairman of this taskforce has found, no doubt after much hard work and research, that our president is the number one enemy of our country (apparently outranking al Qaeda), then isn’t this breaking news? What does he propose should be done to Enemy Number One? (The letter goes on to discuss Obama’s “Islamo-Communist upbringing,” really just icing the cake.)
I don’t know that I’ve ever read one of these political fundraising letters from a member of Congress of either party that declared the President of the United States to be “Enemy Number One.” I suppose some things still shock me after all.
Dish award glossary here.
“I think that we should proceed with sanctions so that the Iranians know that this is not an American deal with them … this is a Kerry/Obama deal with them and that the rest of Congress is not behind them,” – GOP congressman Duncan Hunter, in an interview in which he also supported nuclear war on Iran.
This man is not a fringe character. He is senior Republican member of the House Armed Services Committee. In contemplating whether to give Republicans control over foreign policy again, we truly have to grasp how radical they have become. Pre-emptive nuclear war is where the logic of neo-conservatism is leading us.
Update from a reader:
You’ll probably get a ton of emails about this, but Duncan D. Hunter isn’t a senior member of House Armed Services. He’s a member, alright, but pretty rank and file; it’s only his third term in Congress and he’s not even a subcommittee chair. The confusion is easy, though, because his father, who he replaced – also Duncan Hunter – was chairman of the committee for two Congresses before running for president in 2008.
“Someone had posted something with a picture of Barack Obama and across it said ‘traitor.’ And, you know, I don’t always agree with the guy, I certainly didn’t vote for him but I gotta defend him on this one. I just don’t think it’s right at all to call Barack Obama a traitor. There’s a lot of things he’s done wrong but he is not a traitor. Not as far as I can tell. I haven’t come across any evidence yet that he has done one thing to harm Kenya,” – Larry Pittman, North Carolina state representative.
“President Obama will negotiate with the Syrian butcher Assad and erase his red line, will capitulate to Vladimir Putin, and he will negotiate with the happy face of the killer regime in Iran, President Rouhani, but not with Republicans over issues all presidents have always negotiated over,” – Hugh Hewitt. (Award glossary here.)
It’s worth noting Hewitt’s constant lies. What president has ever “negotiated” repealing a duly enacted law because one faction in one House has decided that it will shut down the government and destroy the US and global economy if he doesn’t? When has such a thing ever happened before? What are the Republicans offering in return? Nothing but the maintenance of basic government functions. As Ponnuru has noted:
Many [House Republicans] want to force President Barack Obama to make major changes to his health-care law, and in return give him nothing but the debt-limit increase. There is no precedent for the satisfaction of such demands.
In contrast, Hewitt baldly states that all presidents have always done this. Hewitt is not a fool, just one of the most shame-free liars and propagandists in the public arena. And he intends to keep lying, to keep calling this the Democrats‘ shutdown, to keep repeating lies until they can gain some patina of truth among his followers.