Daily Archives: July 31, 2015

Bombs All Over Baghdad

The other Republican with bad hair, Rand Paul, is in the middle of a shit sandwich. Oh sure, he’ll probably get to sit at the big kids table come August 6, but he hasn’t exactly been lighting up the crowds out there. He’s supposed to have a little gravity as the “libertarian” in the race, but he’s been hard at work disabusing people of the idea that he is one. This makes you wonder what his use in this contest is. He’s even crankier than Chris Christie, and who the fuck needs that?

I have no idea what makes people want to run for president when they have no chance at actually being a nominee. Vanity? Money? Sheer delusion? Maybe something else. Maybe all of the above. I guess it’s like the lottery, you gotta be in it to win it even though you have a better chance of being eaten by a shark in Kansas than you have of winning.

This has been bugging me for a while:

Iraqi refugees shouldn’t exist, according to Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), because the United States already “won” the Iraq War.

n an interview with Boston Herald Radio this week, Paul attempted to justify why he wanted to restrict the number of refugees the United States takes in, particularly from certain areas of the world like the Middle East.

“We accepted 60,000 people from Iraq as refugees,” the Kentucky GOPer said. “What I don’t get about it is, I thought asylum would be when you lost the war. We won the Iraq War! We put in place a democratic government. Why would there be any people seeking asylum from Iraq after the war?”

I expect this kind of complete denial of reality and miscalculation from the likes of a Donald Rumsfeld. Iraq should be a third rail right now for Republicans; no one should touch the subject unless forced to. If you aren’t admitting its failure, then even by conservative standards, you’re not going to hold anyone’s esteem for long. Gone are the days when you can get away with this kind of dumbfuckery and still have people listen to you:

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Gee, Rand, I have no idea why Iraqis are fleeing. Could it be this? Maybe we should check here for reasons? Isn’t it a well known fact that half or Iraq is being occupied by a bloodthirsty religious movement?

You are not fit to be a candidate if you cannot accurately sketch a picture of the current state of our war of attrition in the Middle East. It may not be easy to extemporaneously comment on everything going on in the world, but unfortunately for Rand Paul, that’s what being President demands. Sorry, simpleton, “we won” is the the most pathetic spin I’ve seen in a good long time.

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