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What the Heck Are They Talking About?

Every once in a while, dear reader, we, the crack young staff of "The Hatemonger's Quarterly," will come upon a sentence that leaves us simply flabbergasted. There's no other word for it: We find the sentence so jaw-droppingly obtuse that we are stunned.

Such was the case when we examined "Ignorance Is No Excuse," a review of Rajiv Chandrasekaran's tome Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Baghdad's Green Zone found in the venerable London Spectator. The author of this review is one Said K. Aburish, a Palestinian journalist who informs us that he previously "advised Saddam's government on Iraqi-American relations" until he resigned "in protest against his use of chemical weapons." Well, gee: Thanks for taking that moral stand, Said.

As one might expect, Mr. Aburish loved Imperial Life in the Emerald City, claiming that it demonstrated the unfathomable ignorance of those in charge of the occupation of post-Saddam Iraq. For example, Mr. Aburish tells us "It is obvious from the picture that emerges [in the book] that [Paul] Bremer was in the business of pleasing Bush and it is equally obvious that Bush has always known very little about Iraq."

That, naturally, amounts to unremarkable criticism of the Bush administration. But then Mr. Aburish says this:

People have a tendency to bite their lips before they criticise the President of the US openly.

To which the proper response is: What? Are you completely insane? What the heck are you talking about, you buffoon?

Never mind the fact that Mr. Aburish's review amounts to little else than open criticism of President Bush. His assertion--that people hesitate to criticize the President--is so absurd that one wonders about Mr. Aburish's sanity.

Has this man never seen the Internet? Has he never read a newspaper? Heck, has he never met anyone?

If anything, Mr. Aburish's comment struck us as a choice example of a newly emerging left-wing tactic: The erroneous claim of censorship or, at least, fearful self-censorship. Critics of Israel, we think, have been parading around this dubious tactic like it's in danger of going out of style.

By now, dear reader, you know the old saw: People in America (or, perhaps, the world) don't feel free to criticize Israel. How many times have we heard the anti-Israel loons spout this nonsense? Sundry detractors of the nefarious "Israel Lobby" dribble this garbage in countless major media outlets. Even Nicholas Kristoff took time off from his busy "self-touting his magnanimity in the face of Third-World poverty" shtick to make similar claims in the pages of The New York Times.

Simply put, this is all arrant nonsense. The sheer number of times anti-Israel ideologues scream about the horrors of censorship in regard to criticizing Israel demonstrates the untruth of their argument. These folks are criticizing Israel, Zionism, Jews, &c., and they're living to tell about it. Now, if they'd only turn their attention to various Arab dictators, who really stifle internal criticism...

(Note: The crack young staff normally "weblog" over at "The Hatemonger's Quarterly," where they are thinking of renaming Said K. Aburish "Said K. Airbrush.")

Comments (17)

"What the Heck Are They Tal... (Below threshold)
Rob LA Ca.:

"What the Heck Are They Talking About?"

The same can be said about when Democrats claim to be honest , ethical , transparrent , supporting the troops and everything they are doing is the will of the majority. What a load of crap. Pelosi picks her ass in public, it the will of the people. Democrats are frauds period. They had to quickly cancel the airing of two shows discussing voting fraud and the Diebold machines when they realized they had won. A win the terrorists are still waiting for their payment of support. Our defeat. The Republican Party was pathetic in not fighting back against the Democrat smears and election fraud by Media , spastic MJ Fox, Macaca , and Democrats misrepresenting themselves as usual.

Democrats call these deceitful tactics , just politics. Why wouldn't they?

Speaking of the Israel Lobb... (Below threshold)

Speaking of the Israel Lobby, here's the article (short version) by Mearsheimer and Walt. And even better: the Cooper Union debate video with Mearsheimer, Judt, D. Ross, etc. (Very good quality)

All foreign policy wonk-gabbers should have a working knowledge of what all the fuss was about.


The fuss was about just how... (Below threshold)

The fuss was about just how sloppy, lazy, and stupid Mearsheimer and Walt were.

"Every once in a while, dea... (Below threshold)

"Every once in a while, dear reader, we, the crack young staff of 'The Hatemonger's Quarterly,' will come upon a sentence that leaves us simply flabbergasted. There's no other word for it: We find the sentence so jaw-droppingly obtuse that we are stunned." -- The Hatemonger's Quarterly

Oh, you mean like, say, these here:

"I strongly believe what we're doing is the right thing. If I didn't believe it--I'm going to repeat what I said before--I'd pull the troops out, nor if I believed we could win, I would pull the troops out." -- George W. Bush, Charlotte, N.C., April 6, 2006

"I aim to be a competitive nation."
-- George W. Bush, San Jose, Calif., April 21, 2006

"Laura and I really don't realize how bright our children is sometimes until we get an objective analysis." -- George W. Bush, CNBC, April 15, 2000

"We're making the right decisions to bring the solution to an end." -- George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., April 10, 2001

"It's in our country's interests to find those who would do harm to us and get them out of harm's way." -- George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., April 28, 2005


And on this April Fool's Day, let's all spend a few moments reflecting on the biggest fool of them all:

George W. Bush, King of the Morons Who Elected Him

George W. Bush Richard Chen... (Below threshold)
Rob LA Ca.:

George W. Bush Richard Cheney Republican 62,040,610 50.73% 286 53.16%

Herman , the fool everyday of the year uses this one day to vent his frustrations. Enjoy your day COPPERHEADS.

'Dirtbag let "hermie" in hi... (Below threshold)

'Dirtbag let "hermie" in his meth batch again.

Herm is Rosie's long lost "... (Below threshold)

Herm is Rosie's long lost "love" child.

Good thing Herman doesn't f... (Below threshold)

Good thing Herman doesn't feel free to openly criticize Bush. ;-)

Just to play Devil's advoca... (Below threshold)
seattle slough:

Just to play Devil's advocate,

Possibly this guy, being a former Iraqi Government insider, when he says 'openly' he basically means 'to his face.'

Certainly the local, similar criticism, isn't that there isn't enough criticism. It's that the President is purposefully ignorant of it. He doesn't read newspapers. He doesn't use computers ('I've used the Google. I've looked at pictures of the ranch.'). He only appears in front of heavily screened audiences. He surrounds himself with loyalists. On and on. We can criticize the guy all day. We get no indication, either explicit, or otherwise, that our critiques are even heard.

That is not to say the President doesn't hear the occasional rumblings from his own party. Harriet Myers is a great example.
But I have a feeling that Bush still thinks he's polling in the mid 50's.

ss, click on the youtube of... (Below threshold)

ss, click on the youtube of his stand-up at the recent dinner; he's aware of the polls. He is also far more aware of things than you believe; why do you think the world is going so much more smoothly now?

I mean than when the Taliban were tormenting women, Saddam was butchering whomever, and Islamofascists were sledding jet planes into buildings, with impunity. That's when I mean.

And you've got no idea what... (Below threshold)

And you've got no idea what his "loyalists" say to him in private.

This is basic military leadership principles 101. You support your commander in front of the troops and you're *expected* to raise objections and be frank in private.

I understand that Democrats, even ones with military service (or especially ones with military service), don't understand this at all and think that unless someone is making a public scene that they aren't being honest.

Sorry Seattle Sappy , Pr... (Below threshold)
Rob LA Ca.:

Sorry Seattle Sappy , President Bush doesn't tremble for fear from the democrat's media bogus polls. Nor does He have his finger in the air 24/7.

"He surrounds himself with loyalists."

What do you expect?

You expect Bush to follow the democrat tradition of surrounding himself with criminal Democrats who will destroy documents , commit treason and pretty much say anything and do whatever it takes?

That is oh so democratic, not part of Bush's philosophy.

why do you think the wor... (Below threshold)

why do you think the world is going so much more smoothly now?

Who says conservatives aren't funny?

How sad that Democrats mu... (Below threshold)
Rob LA Ca.:

How sad that Democrats must lie because they don't like reality nor themselves. No true honest informed American will sit back as their President is being undermined , smeared and falsely accused by cowardly , incompetant and lying opposition party especially in a time of war . CERTAINLY NOT ME.

The democrats very own words and actions opened my eyes to what they are all about , complete criminal frauds. I am guilty of ignorantly and blindly voting straight democrat-ic but then again so are a majority of those that vote Democrat. That is why democrats so desparately do all they can to silence those who do not worship at the democrat altar(pathetic, "Fairness Doctrine")and the Minute Men disruption.


What losers and cry babies don't ya think Herman?

This next quote makes it quite clear what is the number one tactic of the Criminal democrat party of perpetual fraud.

"They're already cranking up the usual DNC party line: if we lost, it's because of voter fraud and corruption. In psychology, it's called "transference." You transfer the behavior you've always engaged in to others, because you assume that your behavior is the norm."

Like Mad Murtha says "NO QUESTION ABOUT IT!"

Further proof that the democrats are treasonous cowardly liars are right here.


"We looked to the Left in the West and imitated it," says Awad Nasir, one of Iraq's best-known poets and a life-long Communist. "We heard from the United States and Western Europe that being Left meant being anti-American. So we were anti-American. And then we saw Americans coming from the other side of the world to save us from Saddam Hussein - something that our leftist friends and the Soviet Union would never contemplate."

Mustafa Kazemi, spokesman for the new Afghan front, expresses similar sentiments. "Our nation is still facing the menace of obscurantism and terror from Taliban and al Qaeda," he says. "Thus, we are surprised when elements of the Left in the United States and Europe campaign for withdrawal so that our new democracy is left defenseless against its enemies."

PRESIDENT Bush, the bete noire of liberals and leftists in the West, might be surprised to learn that he has a better image among liberals, leftists, secularists and even moderate Islamists in the Middle East.

While Chomsky and Moore see the United States as "an evil power," many leftists in the Middle East see it as a force for good that ended the tyranny of the Taliban in Afghanistan, dismantled the regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq and forced the Syrians out of Lebanon after 30 years of occupation.

"In our region, the United States has become a force for the good," says Jumblatt, who recently met President Bush at the White House for a surprise meeting."

Read it and weap losers , they hate us so much.
Democrats are wrong and President Bush was right. Democrats and their partners(America's emenies) are losing and President Bush , Gen Petraeus , the Iraqi Soldiers backed by our Soildiers will be victorious and no amount of Democrat lies will change it. Dims lose in 2009.

Oh, Rob, I know that he's h... (Below threshold)
seattle slough:

Oh, Rob, I know that he's had people raise issues with him. Guys like Richard Clark and Paul O'Neil. Sure, those guys. Those guys that got fired.

This is an administration that puts loyalty above competence in a way that is unprecedented. We have wing nut hacks at the highest levels of our government.


Why did Richard Clarke get ... (Below threshold)

Why did Richard Clarke get fired? Didn't you hear him from the hearings when he apologized for dropping the ball against al Qaeda?

I suppose you, mantis, think the Taliban, al Qaeda, and 9/11 are funny.

I hate to break it to you, ... (Below threshold)

I hate to break it to you, people, but I think
Mr. Aburish died some years ago. Before Rajiv's
pretentious 'Best and the Brightest' update
was even published.






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