We are used to and expect stupid statements from the GOP candidates about abortion, taxes, states’ rights and food stamps, but we ought to shake in our boots over the warmongering coming from this set of GOP presidential candidates. Rick Santorum, in an interview on Sunday, criticized Barack Obama for being too soft on Iran and said he would bomb the country’s nuclear sites unless it opened them to UN inspectors. Apparently he is humming John McCain’s tune, ‘Bomb, bomb, bomb-bomb Iran.’
Then there was the most uninformed statement flowing off of the tongue of Rick Perry who called the President of Turkey an Islamic terrorist. One pundit pointed out that Turkey has been a member in good standing in NATO since Perry was 2-years-old. “Rick Perry: what an idiot,” tweeted Mustafa Akyol, a columnist with the English-language Hurriyet Daily news.
Yesterday Newt Gingrich, in his usual hyperbole, declared that he witnessed “the biggest act of weakness by any American President in my lifetime.” Perhaps you missed this Big Act by President Obama. Most news media also missed it. I had a hard time this morning finding the quote. Gingrich referred to the fact that the U.S. and the Israelis announced the postponed a joint missile-defense exercise in the Persian Gulf because it would be too provocative at the moment. Gosh! Duh? Yet, I’m betting that the statement raised the testosterone level of the reactionary right-wing or several hours.
Of course, Newt is into hyperbole and he knows that the reactionary right-wing will respond like Pavlov’s dog. Remember that Obama is “the most radical President in American history.” By the way, it may come as a shock to note that Newt considers himself an historian.
Do the followers of Rick Perry care [or know] that his Turkey remarks nearly caused an international kerfuffle? One Turkish official said that the United States has no time to waste with candidates “who do not even know their allies.” Another was not so gracious and wondered how idiots like that can run for president.
So much for those three GOP candidates.
Then there was the much-booed candidate Ron Paul during the South Carolina debate. Apparently South Carolinian Republicans love war-making [even after the Civil War!]. The none-too-bright audience castigated Perry when he tried to explain that our rouge military adventurism has gotten the United States into lots of trouble in past decades. Makes you wonder if the men there have GI Joe dolls on their bed stands.
Then there is Mitt Romney. What’s his attitude towards war? Well, first-off, his advisers include people who have been cheerleaders for war with Iran, and were cheerleaders for the Iraq war. Should I go on? He has pledged to increase the military budget.Further, he opposes withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Romney also hawks a policy of ‘defeating the Jihadists.’
Not exactly a peace dove.
Meanwhile President Obama moves along quite nicely on his foreign policy, receiving kudos from retired military and even Republican pundits. Isn’t it ironic that in this presidential race, the GOP holds the losing military cards. The GOP is left with the economics game and the so-called values game. But, the values stuff is trumped by the economics. Who will hold the better hand in that game is yet to be determined.
Here’s a photo of what I might label, Mt. Idiotmore: