Radio Clown Mark Levin Twists Bush's Foreign Policy Failures To Fuel Rant Against "Our Liberal Friends"
From radio clown Mark Levin's blog on National Review Online:
Silence on Somalia
"Al Qaeda has a strong foot-hold in Somalia now. Our liberal friends have argued that we shouldn't have gone to war in Iraq because that's not where Al Qaeda was operating. Putting aside that argument for the moment, do they now urge military action in Somalia? No. In fact, they are silent."
Let's break down this illogical post:
-- "Our liberal friends have argued that we shouldn't have gone to war in Iraq because that's not where Al Qaeda was operating."
Those that argued this point have since been proven correct. Iraq had no ties to Al Qaeda, and nothing to do with the Sept. 11 attacks.
Americans of all political stripes have consistently said it is important to capture or kill Osama Bin Laden. While the U.S. is stuck in Iraq, Bin Laden remains free -- and the Bush Administration has repeatedly said capturing or killing Bin Laden is not a priority.
Levin wants to put "aside that argument," because he can't defend U.S. policy, beyond supporting the troops and ranting that those criticizing administration policy hate the troops, hate America, embolden terrorsts, and any other hyperbolic delusion he can pass along to his readers or listeners.
-- "Do they now urge military action in Somalia? No. In fact, they are silent."
The easy answer is, "With what army should we attack Somalia?" The "Coalition of the willing" continues to shrink. Meanwhile, our troops have been "stretched nearly to the breaking point," according to the Iraq Study Group.
But is the claim even accurate? Have Democrats been silent about Somalia?
Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) is perhaps the Democrats' most vocal critic of the Bush Administration's "failure to develop a policy on Somalia," including comments last week.
In a June appearance on NBC's Meet The Press, Feingold argued that Al Qaeda is gaining strength as a result of the Iraq war, citing Somalia, where a suspected al Qaeda collaborator became the leader of a militia that had seized control of Somalia’s capital:
"While we were asleep at the switch, while we were bogged down in Iraq, all focused on Iraq as the be all and end all of our American foreign policy, we are losing the battle to al Qaeda. … We’ve spent $2 million in Somalia in the last year while we’re spending $2 billion a week in Iraq. This is insanity if you think about what the priorities are of those who have attacked us and those who are likely to attack us in the future."
Here's the point Levin won't tell his listeners or readers: Democrats have not had control of any branch of government since the Iraq War began. Levin wants Democrats to magically over-rule a stubborn president who, time and time again, has not paid enough attention to Al Qaeda since 9/11. And rather than criticize the president for all his foreign policy failures, Levin somehow twists and turns the facts to fuel his rant against "our liberal friends."
Why does anyone listen to this man?