Juan Cole checks in with a hyperventilating bit
on John McCain's performance last night:
In a new low of despicable looniness, at the Republican debate in St. Petersburg, John McCain equated those Americans who want to stop militarily occupying Iraq with Hitler-enablers. He actually said that, saying that it was 'isolationism' of a sort that allowed Hitler to come to power.
It gives a person a certain amount of faith in one's fellow Americans that McCain was booed by the Republican crowd for this piece of calumny. Comparisons to Hitler should be automatic grounds for a candidate to be disqualified from being president.
Of course, the real reason the crowd was unhappy with the comment was that it was packed with Ron Paul maniacs, as the Weekly Standard points out
What a depressing debate. CNN's long slide into mediocrity accelerates. Is this what running for president of the greatest democracy in the world has become? Standing in front of CNN's corporate logo in a hall full of yowling Ron Paul loons and enduring clumsy webcam questions from Unabomber look-a-likes in murky basements?
Cole engages in the misinformed and slightly racist commentary about Al Qaeda that we are used to hearing from the 9-11 "Truthers":
Al-Qaeda is a few thousand scruffy guys afraid to come out of their caves, who don't even have good sleeping bags much less a government to their name.Al-Qaeda is a few thousand scruffy guys afraid to come out of their caves, who don't even have good sleeping bags much less a government to their name.
Yep, just a bunch of jokers in caves who could never even dream of killing thousands and causing billions of dollars of damage.
Labels: John McCain, Juan Cole, Ron Paul