Sunday, April 18, 2010

On Irony Deficiency.

From Those Who Would Have Led America™:

Item Number One:

On Saturday, in Washington, Illinois, Sarah Palin (without a hint of irony) said that President Obama's statements about the United States' role as a military superpower "didn't  make sense."

This from Our Lady of the Tossed Word Salad™.

The facts?

Earlier in the week, to explain why the United States has a responsibility to help resolve conflicts around the world before they reach crisis proportions, the president said:
"It is a vital national security interest of the United States to reduce these conflicts because whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower, and when conflicts break out, one way or another we get pulled into them, and that ends up costing us significantly in terms of both blood and treasure." (emphasis mine)

Gosh, I must be one of those "elite intellectuals," Sarah, because it made perfect sense to me:

If we don't get involved now, we'll have to get involved later... at a tremendous cost.

However, instead of "getting it," Sarah Palin claimed that Obama has "a world view where we have to question whether we like it or not that America is powerful." (emphasis mine)


Perhaps she really did take away that meaning from the president's speech.  If so, it doesn't speak well for her intellect.

Or, perhaps she understood completely (as did anyone with even a rudimentary grasp of American English), but just cherry-picks parts of statements by the president to further her never-ending quest to remain in the public limelight (which also says something about her intellect... and even more about complete her lack of ethics).

Want to hear Palin's idea of "makin' sense?"

Item Number Two:

Never one to pass up the chance to slam the Obama administration, on Fox News Sunday John McCain stated (also with no trace of irony) that he didn't need to hear about no stinking memo from the Pentagon to know the United States didn't "have a coherent policy" for dealing with Iran's nuclear program.

This from the man who, along with Sarah Palin, ran the most incoherent campaign for the White House I've seen in my lifetime.  I've seen lunatic fringe candidates who made more sense.

The facts?

According to the New York Times, in January of this year, Defense Secretary Robert Gates wrote a classified memo that warned of the lack of a long-term plan to deal with Iran's atomic ambitions.

The NYT says Gates' memo spurred the Obama administration to come up with new options.  According to the administration, they were already working on it.

Want to know McCain's idea of an Iran strategy?


The former 1/2-term governor of Alaska, who never makes sense, claims that what our president says doesn't make sense, and one of the most incoherent U.S. Senators and presidential candidates ever claims the Obama administration's policy is incoherent.

You can't make this stuff up.