Great moments in punditry


Clinton partisans among the Democrats are providing their own overheated rhetoric as they seek revenge for what they see as an election victory that was stolen from them by Russians. Paul Begala is a top Democratic insider and close confidante of the Clinton family who served as counselor to Bill Clinton when he was president. He is now a commentator on CNN. On Anderson Cooper’s show, he actually suggested that Donald Trump should “blow up” Russia’s KGB, GSU, or GRU (the intelligence services of that country) because “we were and are under attack by a hostile foreign power” and “should be retaliating massively”.

Sure, why not, what could possibly go wrong with such an action?

Have all these people gone completely nuts? Do they not realize the gravity of what they are advocating? Do they feel that they can say such things because they think there is no danger of it actually happening?

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  1. jrkrideau says

    Have all these people gone completely nuts?
    Yes, but the USA has been that way for many, many years.
    Do they not realize the gravity of what they are advocating?
    No, of course they don’t. That idiot may, very likely, have never been outside the USA and clearly does not understand that there is a tiny little difference between invading Grenada and carrying out an overt hostile attack on a major world power.

    Do they feel that they can say such things because they think there is no danger of it actually happening?

    Tell that to the Russians. They may actually have to take these ravings into account as serious threats.

    It quite likely is just silly posturing for internal US consumption but I think fools like that one forget that his ranting can and will be heard and seen in Moscow or St Petersburg about a second after it is seen in New York.

    If a senior political figure even in opposition in Russia was going around advocating blowing up the CIA or FBI headquarters, would the US just laugh it off?

    This is nothing like Madelaine Albright’s incredible admission that the US was willing to let half a million Iraqi children die if it helped remove Saddam Hussein but it still is stupid.

  2. brucegee1962 says

    During the Obama years, it seemed as if a real vindication of our side was the relative mendacity of the two parties. The vast majority of the lying seemed to be done by Republicans, while liberals seemed to rely more on actual data. There would be four or five debunkings on Snopes of Republican lies about Obama for every liberal debunking.

    Yet another sad thing about the Trump years is how libs seem to feel justified in jumping on the lying train. See, for instance, http://www.snopes.com/2017/07/12/trump-lies/
    As far as I’m concerned, stories like these are actually beneficial to Trump, by making the actual horrid things he’s done seem not so bad.

  3. Dunc says

    You’re gonna have a hard time blowing up the KGB, considering that it hasn’t existed since 1991.

  4. jrkrideau says

    Many Americans, especially American politicians, do not seem to have received the memo about the disintegration of the USSR and the fall of Communism.

  5. Pierce R. Butler says

    jrkrideau – No, you guys didn’t get the memo saying that the other memo was Fake News®™!!1!

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