Thursday, 31 March 2011


Whatever one thinks of the wisdom of the Libyan intervention, it is at least minimally reassuring to think that adults are in charge of it. Try reading through the comments of the leading Republican spokespeople without falling off your barstool doubled up with laughter. We can now observe, with something between amusement and terror, what the relentless pandering to resentful, mean-spirited ignorance has produced: an aggrieved electorate demanding that the world conform to what Sarah Palin says it is, or else.

Michelle Bachmann 1: ‘We don’t know if this is led by Hamas, Hezbollah, or possibly al Qaeda of North Africa’. Or possibly the ACLU.

Michelle Bachmann 2: ‘President Obama is taking sides with Palestine over Israel’. (?!)

McCain: Working with allies and partners is a ‘luxury’. ‘There are times when we have to act alone’. Great idea, has worked out well for the United States in recent years.

Newt Gingrich: Establish the no-fly zone. Do not establish the no-fly zone. Attack. Do not attack. Make me president as I am always right even when contradicting myself.

Sarah Palin 1: ‘If we are merely taking a back seat to the Arab League, to the United Nations, to NATO leadership, while we just put our fingers up in the air and decide what the political winds are around the world’.

Sarah Palin 2: ‘Not necessarily knowing and believing that the U.S. interests must come first in this’. Good thing the constitution doesn’t require a president be capable of pronouncing complete sentences.

It’s one thing to drum up absurd fantasies for use in domestic politics. It’s quite another to carry those fantasies into the dangerous realm of international affairs and war as was amply demonstrated by Bush II’s criminal—and failed—attempt to conquer Iraq.

Palin is only the most egregious example of throwing any and everything at the base that sounds combative and undermines Obama even—especially—when she doesn’t know what she’s talking about. That no longer matters, and years of encouraging wacko non-issues like Obama’s birthplace has planted deep seeds of mass dementia in the body politic.

Bipeds who cry and stamp their feet when the external world does not conform to their desires and demands are called little babies. They are cute even when turning purple.

They should not be given responsibilities or allowed to play with matches.

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