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Kuhner: There Are No American Troops in Baghdad

Remember Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf, Saddam Hussein’s information minister who declared on camera that there were no American troops in Baghdad while American troops waved from behind him standing by their tanks? Jeffrey Kuhner of the Moonie Times does a remarkable impersonation of him.

Republicans are on the verge of again becoming the majority party. The conventional wisdom is that the GOP is taking the brunt of the public blame for the partial government shutdown. In the short term, that is true. In the long term, however, the Republicans are on the verge of a major triumph. They will lose the shutdown battle, but win the Obamacare war.

By confronting President Obama on defunding or delaying his signature health care law, the GOP-controlled House of Representatives finally made a stand. Mr. Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid are in no rush to end the government shutdown. The reason is obvious: They want to prolong the pain, thereby hoping to direct public anger against the House Republicans. The liberal elite media have peddled the narrative that the Tea Party is responsible for the shutdown. Democrats have resorted to calling Republicans every name in the book — terrorists, anarchists, suicide-bombers and right-wing extremists. The only thing they haven’t called Tea Party conservatives — yet — are Satanists.

The vitriol and hatred reveal not just the Democrats’ fanaticism. They expose something deeper: the left’s profound insecurity about Obamacare.

A Tea Party supporter is actually criticizing vitriol, hatred and fanaticism in regard to health care reform. On the same day that Ben Carson told conservatives that Obamacare was the worst thing to happen to America since slavery. And with Glenn Beck and many others claiming that health care reform would lead to the second coming of Hitler, that Obama is deliberately trying to destroy the country, and so forth.

But even better is this claim that even though public opinion is strongly against them, Republicans are winning this battle over Obamacare and the government shutdown. Come to think of it, Baghdad Bob isn’t the best comparison here. Even better is the Black Knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Comments

  1. janiceclanfield says

    “The only thing they haven’t called Tea Party conservatives — yet — are Satanists.”

    Ohh ohh! Me first!

    The Tea Party conservatives are Satanists!

    There. I feel wonderful.

  2. greg1466 says

    Let’s hope the public actually remembers who was responsible come November 2014. And that there is still something left to save.

  3. jnorris says

    “The only thing they haven’t called Tea Party conservatives — yet — are Satanists.”
    Ohh ohh! Me first!
    The Tea Party conservatives are Satanists!
    There. I feel wonderful.

    Curses, foiled again!

  4. says

    I am far from the first around these parts to mention Hofstadter, but again:

    The paranoid spokesman, sees the fate of conspiracy in apocalyptic terms — he traffics in the birth and death of whole worlds, whole political orders, whole systems of human values. He is always manning the barricades of civilization… he does not see social conflict as something to be mediated and compromised, in the manner of the working politician. Since what is at stake is always a conflict between absolute good and absolute evil, what is necessary is not compromise but the will to fight things out to a finish. Since the enemy is thought of as being totally evil and totally unappeasable, he must be totally eliminated — if not from the world, at least from the theatre of operations to which the paranoid directs his attention. This demand for total triumph leads to the formulation of hopelessly unrealistic goals, and since these goals are not even remotely attainable, failure constantly heightens the paranoid’s sense of frustration. Even partial success leaves him with the same feeling of powerlessness with which he began, and this in turn only strengthens his awareness of the vast and terrifying quality of the enemy he opposes. — Harper’s, 1964

  5. dingojack says

    “Talking about the Taliban without talking about Islam” reminded me of this.
    Religion isn’t a strong motivating factor, revenge of some imagined (or real) outrage is a far stronger* motivator.
    Dingo
    ——-
    *

    Ideology in the form of religion “was a part of the consideration for most,” Mueller suggests, “but not because they wished to spread Sharia law or to establish caliphates (few of the culprits would be able to spell either word). Rather they wanted to protect their co-religionists against what was commonly seen to be a concentrated war on them in the Middle East by the U.S. government.”

  6. dingojack says

    Oh sure:
    53% of respondants blame the PoG and 31% blame the President.
    “It’s only a flesh wound” indeed.
    Dingo

  7. oranje says

    Umm, one group is holding the government hostage until a law that was passed and ruled constitutional is voided. A law based on a plan from a very conservative “think” tank. But it’s the Democrats who are being unreasonable?

    If I rob a bank and take hostages, I don’t work out a compromise where I get to keep some of the money and not go to jail. Here’s hoping in November next year we all remember where the penitentiary of political careers is.

  8. Artor says

    They Teabaggers haven’t been called Satanists because that moniker doesn’t fit them like terrorists, anarchists, suicide-bombers and right-wing extremists do. But I’ve got one that fits perfectly, and is as slanderous as they deserve. Teabaggers are “Good Xians™.”

  9. zero6ix says

    I see it a bit differently. This is more of a “These are not the droids you’re looking for” type deal, with Kuhner in a robe just failing his arms around, trying his hardest to use the force. Unfortunately, they are indeed the droids we’re looking for, he can’t go about his business, and no one is moving along.

  10. Michael Heath says

    Artor writes:

    They Teabaggers haven’t been called Satanists because that moniker doesn’t fit them like terrorists, anarchists, suicide-bombers and right-wing extremists do. But I’ve got one that fits perfectly, and is as slanderous as they deserve. Teabaggers are “Good Xians™.”

    I’d add extortionists and blackmailers to your list.

  11. besomyka says

    The @GOP twitter feed has been Baghdad Bob-ish for a while now. Weird anti-reality proclamations are all that Priebus has going for him.

  12. laurentweppe says

    I will translate it in ordinary English

    The conventional wisdom is that the GOP is taking the brunt of the public blame for the partial government shutdown. In the short term, that is true. In the long term, however, the rubes will understand that we can hurt them a lot even when we’re not in power and that they’d better learn their place before we starve them.

    The only thing they haven’t called Tea Party conservatives — yet — are Satanists.

    Satan just called: told me he’s disgusted by the Tea Party utter lack of skill, flair, guile and subtelty.

  13. laurentweppe says

    shit, misplaced by tags, here’s again:

    I will translate it in ordinary English

    The conventional wisdom is that the GOP is taking the brunt of the public blame for the partial government shutdown. In the short term, that is true. In the long term, however, the rubes will understand that we can hurt them a lot even when we’re not in power and that they’d better learn their place before we starve them.

    ***

    The only thing they haven’t called Tea Party conservatives — yet — are Satanists.

    Satan just called: told me he’s disgusted by the Tea Party utter lack of skill, flair, guile and subtelty.

  14. freehand says

    I see three allied groups here:
    Dominionists, who want to turn the US into a theocracy;
    End-timers, who think that Jesus needs their help in starting a global meltdown and war to return; and
    Confederates, who want to punish the Union for destroying the Southern Paradise that never was.

    They are all willing and determined to utterly destroy the US government. They are all unable to speak coherently about the results of this. They all have internal world views that map poorly to reality. They cannot understand science, history, law, or economics, and are utterly incapable of introspection.

    They are absolutists who see the world in black and white. Since they are the center of the universe, all evil conspires together against them.

    They don’t care that the entire world will suffer terribly and may not recover (if we can’t take care of global warming). Some of them see it as a plus. The drama, of course, takes places in the USA, the only God blessed country in the world.

    There are obviously large overlaps on Venn diagrams of these people.

  15. exdrone says

    Republicans are on the verge of again becoming the majority party.

    In the movie Cross of Iron, there is a scene in which a massive Russian infantry assault is pouring into a German trench system on the Steppes and overwhelming the beleaguered defenders. In the din and chaos of hand-to-hand fighting, a German voice can be heard shouting, “We are winning! We are winning!”

    From a less deluded perspective, at another point in the movie, there is the following exchange:

    Colonel Brandt: What will we do when we have lost the war?
    Captain Kiesel: Prepare for the next one.

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