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"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Giuliani super-sizes the insanity

I wrote yesterday that Rudy Giuliani's team of "foreign policy experts" consisted largely of people who think we're making all the right moves in Iraq and Afghanistan-- the only thing that would make it better would be opening a third front in the war that's been already become the most effective recruiting tool any terrorist could dream up.

Insane? Yes, very. Stupid? Oh my, yes. Delusional? That's what my (all-female) squad of invisible (but totally hot) Martian commandos tells me.

But that wasn't enough. Rudy had to go and document his own pitiful descent into "If it weren't for all the damn peaceniks we'd be winning in Vietnam-- I mean Iraq" reactionary, 60s-throwback nonsense. It demonstrates that he may well rival Bush in the ignorance and devastation he would bring to the United States. After all, Rudy supports everything Bush has done. He just wants more of the same. A lot more.

The Prospect did a nice job of culling some choice bits of stupidity from the larger piece:

*The very first sentence: "We are all members of the 9/11 generation." [Just so you realize straight out that the entire piece will be devoid of critical thought.]

*The phrase "Terrorists War on Us" is now capitalized. [Get it? War on U-S. I can almost smell the focus group. Ugh. Mold. Is that Soviet propaganda I'm smelling?]

*Dumb statements like: "And the era of cost-free anti-Americanism must end." [If this means anything more sophisticated than 'pay tribute or suffer,' I can't imagine what it is.]

*Grand new ideas like: "Companies such as Pepsi, Coca-Cola, McDonald's, and Levi's helped win the Cold War by entering the Soviet market. Cultural events, such as Van Cliburn's concerts in the Soviet Union and Mstislav Rostropovich's in the United States, also hastened change. Today, we need a similar type of exchange with the Muslim countries." [It's certainly doing wonders in China these days.]

*Oh, and we totally had Vietnam: "America must remember one of the lessons of the Vietnam War. Then, as now, we fought a war with the wrong strategy for several years. And then, as now, we corrected course and began to show real progress. Many historians today believe that by about 1972 we and our South Vietnamese partners had succeeded in defeating the Vietcong insurgency and in setting South Vietnam on a path to political self-sufficiency. But America then withdrew its support, allowing the communist North to conquer the South. The consequences were dire, and not only in Vietnam: numerous deaths in places such as the killing fields of Cambodia, a newly energized and expansionist Soviet Union, and a weaker America. The consequences of abandoning Iraq would be worse." [Can somebody please tell me why Republicans are still playing out Vietnam fantasies thirty years after the fact?!? And in spite of their complete unwillingness to actually serve there?]