Tuesday, December 12, 2006

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?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, there never was Al Qaeda in Iraq befor ethis evil administration decided to invade Iraq, right libbys? Read on you might learn something. Oh and in order to read you need to have your eyes open.


7:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh this is good. And he is going to be the House Intelligence chief? Nice pick the Pelousy. I am feeling so much safer.

Rep. Silvestre Reyes of Texas, who incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tapped to head the Intelligence Committee when the Democrats take over in January, failed a quiz of basic questions about al Qaeda and Hezbollah, two of the key terrorist organizations the intelligence community has focused on since the September 11, 2001 attacks.

When asked by CQ National Security Editor Jeff Stein whether al Qaeda is one or the other of the two major branches of Islam -- Sunni or Shiite -- Reyes answered "they are probably both," then ventured "Predominantly -- probably Shiite."

That is wrong. Al Qaeda was founded by Osama bin Laden as a Sunni organization and views Shiites as heretics.

Reyes could also not answer questions put by Stein about Hezbollah, a Shiite group on the U.S. list of terrorist organizations that is based in Southern Lebanon.

8:00 AM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington, del. said...

That's not a phenomenom among only Democrats. There have been multiple stories about how the FBI, and most major Republicans also have failed to understand the difference between Sunnis and Shiites.

10:31 AM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

Anonymous can continue on with his conspiracy theories about as credible as 9-11 being an inside job.
The connections have been officially debunked. It was a massive intelligence failure that they were not debunked sooner due principally to Bush's itchy neocon rash to go to war with Iraq.
Anonymous is outside the context of JABBS's discussion anyway.
The point is that the Bush and the Republicans in control completely f------ up on Somalia and on Al Queda, yet Levin still attempts historical revisionism to somehow hold the Democrats responsible.
I wish Levin would do the civilized world a favor and just go away.

11:51 AM  

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