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Quote of the Day

03/24/10

Quote of the Day

"Quote of the Day" doesn't quite cut it. It's more like "OMFG what planet am I on?". Check out this excerpt from Mark Thiessen's book:

Obama claims that by eliminating enhanced interrogations and closing Guantanamo, he is actually making America safer. In his view, both the CIA program and Guantanamo have driven the Muslim street into the enemy's camp and helped al Qaeda recruit new terrorists. As Obama put it ... "[I]nstead of serving as a tool to counter terrorism, Guantanamo became a symbol that helped al Qaeda recruit terrorists to its cause."

This is demonstrably false. First, the terrorists were successfully recruiting suicide operatives long before the CIA interrogation program existed or there were any terrorists held at Guantanamo. There was no Guantanamo and no CIA interrogation program when terrorists first tried to bring down the World Trade Center in 1993. There was no Guantanamo and no CIA interrogation program when they blew up our embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. There was no Guantanamo and no CIA interrogation program when they attacked the USS Cole. And there was no Guantanamo and no CIA interrogation program on September 11, 2001. The terrorists found other excuses to recruit the operatives for these attacks. Evil always finds an excuse.

This is a dumb rebuttal. Obama claims Guantanamo helped to recruit more terrorists and all Thiessen's got is that terrorists existed before Guantanamo, therefore Guantanamo didn't create terrorism. How observant!

Remember, this guy just got a job as an op-ed columnist for the friggin' Washington Post! Let me say that if this guy were black somebody on the right would be screaming about how terrible Affirmative Action is.

Now here's the money quote, watch Thiessen prove he doesn't deserve to have a job:

In the movie Batman: The Dark Knight, whenever the Joker is about to kill one of his victims, he points to the scars that form his hideous smile and tells the story of how he got his disfiguring wounds. Each time it is a different story. The first time he says they were carved into his face by an abusive father. The next time, he claims he did it to himself after criminals disfigured his wife. But when he says to Batman, "Do you know how I got these scars?" Batman says, "No, but I know how you got these," and pushes him off the side of a building. Batman is not interested in the villain's made-up excuses. We shouldn't be, either.

  01:13:15 pm by Ragamuffin, Categories: Politics, Books

2 comments

Comment from: grygus [Member]
grygus

I guess he missed the part where Batman would be an illegal and unethical vigilante in the real world. Seems pretty apt as a role model for this guy, actually.

03/24/10 @ 14:02
Comment from: ibotobob [Visitor]
ibotobob

Some wise person once famously quipped "evil always finds an excuse". Here we have a perfect example.

03/24/10 @ 14:14
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