We feature him often, and deservedly so, as Barry Crimmins has come up with the line of the week. Crimmins wrote on Friday, much like a bevy of others (The Garlic hit it late Thursday night) on our Court-Appointed President's (a Crimmins introduced-moniker) smear job on Barack Obama, and anyone else that doesn't embrace his "You're With Us, or Against Us" turd blossoms.
I'm beginning to think that he lost a bet with Cheney, and, as a result, had to go into the Knesset, breaking the long-standing protocol of a President not bringing domestic politics abroad, and spew his bile.
As it was noted on MSNBC, by David Shuster, of the many depressing issues brought about by his comments, one is that it is insulting to the citizens of Israel, especially the survivors, to equate the Nazi horror with the Mid-East terror, that it diminishes the truly, unprecedented, horrific, barbaric, sub-human actions of the Nazis.
The solemn Jewish promise of "Never Again" can now have a additional meaning, extending to they won't have to invite The Commander Guy, ever again, to speak over there.
That, by itself, could bring a few bodies to the peace table.
Here's a few more gems from Crimmins' "Suicide-pieing";
Mr. Bush ought to be more respectful of his own heritage, which is blotted with forbears who didn't just appease Nazis, they fucking sided with them! Don't believe me? Well then as Dabyahoo would say, use the Google. Considering the clan's traitorous past, the Bushes are lucky that Jenna didn't get married at the family compound in Argentina. Go over to Barry's site and read the entire "Suicide-pieing".
After the speech, American pundits were calling Bush's bellicosity a "veiled reference to Obama." Try as you might, you just can't slip anything past these crack analysts. Whether Bush was discussing Hamas or Iran or both, he was saying that you should never practice diplomacy with people regardless of how much mayhem you have visited upon their homelands. One of the best things Obama has advocated is a reintroduction of the concept that the first line of defense is diplomacy and discussions.
After watching both speeches, I spent the rest of the day mockingly repeating Bush's fear-mongering phrase "the false comfort of appeasement" while daydreaming about the true comfort of impeachment.
It became a throwback to 1950's television and their weekly broadcasts of The Friday Night Fights.
A full-fledged donnybrook broke out, with Obama responding, bashing both Bush and McCain, the Bush Grindhouse attempting to back away from the statements, McCain, clutching tightly to the 29% coattails, attempting to hit back on Obama
Chris Cizzilla hits the bullseye on all of this, in his post "Knesset Kerfuffle Shows Obama Not Afraid to Engage";
Obama, to our mind, took the smarter course by not simply answering the inherent critique offered by the president but also pivoting to try and make McCain answerable for the foreign policy pursued by the United States over the last eight years.
James Wolcott earns runner-up status for his descriptive offering of the Obama-Bush-McCain fisticuffs;
That was one of the chords Obama struck today in his response to Bush's "Nazi appeaser" accusation before the Israeli Knesset--he firmly, deftly mummy-wrapped Bush and McCain together and dropped them off at the pier. It's rather impressive to see a first-term senator chastise the President of the United States and the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party as if he were the headmaster and they the ones guilty of infractions unworthy of upperclassmen. That's one of the benefits of having an oratorical voice that sounds tall--it automatically adds height to every utterance, allowing them to drop like acorns and make a nice thunk when they bounce off of the nearest thick skull."
MSNBC's Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro called it "Bush's gift to Obama".
And McCain lost this before he even got out of the starting blocks.
Obama on McCain: Hypocrisy and fear-mongering;
"That’s exactly the kind of appalling attack that’s divided our country and that alienates us from the world, and that’s why we need change in Washington," he said, going to repeatedly link Bush and McCain.
"That was frustrating enough," he said of Bush's words. "Then John McCain gives a speech. He gave a speech in the morning where he talked about the need for civility in our politics. He talked about elevating the tone in our country.... Not an hour later, he turned around and embraced George Bush's attacks on Democrats. He jumped on a call with a bunch of bloggers and said that I wasn’t fit to protect this nation that I love."
McCain "accused me of not being fit to protect this nation – a nation my grandfather served in World War II– a nation that’s given me everything that I have," Obama said, then pivoted to attack Bush and McCain on a series of issues: Iraq; the survival of Osama bin Laden's and the Al Qaeda's leadership; Iran's strength; and Hamas's and Hezbollah's ascendancy.
Elrod, over on The Moderate Voice, has video of Stumblin' Bumblin' John McCain, and his hipocracy regarding dealing with Hamas
And what also nudged its' way into the discussion, rather prominently, is the Bush Family ties to Adolph Hitler and the Nazi's via The Commander Guy's grandfather, Prescott Bush;
Michael Stickings, on The Reaction, picks up on The Guardian's "How Bush's grandfather helped Hitler's rise to power".
J. Peter Scoblic, in an L.A. Times Op-Ed today writes "Bush, McCain and other conservatives are on the wrong side of history when they dismiss Obama's foreign policy", to which Ron Beasley on The Newshogger notes (along with highlighting Eisenhower's Military-Industrial Complex speech);
Since 1961 very little and at the same time a great deal has changed. The most dangerous change has been the Industrial part of the equation. It is even bigger and more powerful and now controls the media and as we saw in the lead up to the invasion and occupation of Iraq is often little more than a government propaganda source not unlike Pravda in the old Soviet Union. The television journalists have been replaced by millionaire celebrity talking heads who's major concern is the welfare of their corporate employers and their own six and seven figure salaries. They are cheerleaders for war because there is nothing like a war to increase viewer ship and at the same time increase the profits of the corporate parents. Negotiation is bad because perpetual war is profitable.
And, tying this all up in a nice little bow was Glen Greenwald, pointing out, how the new Republican Icon, The Great Communicator himself, was pounced on - by some of the very same nitwits opining today - for being an appeaser.
And the GOP makes jokes about the Democrats and their infighting ...
Stay tuned to this one folks ... It's likely to resurface, maybe a few times, on the road to to November