I've been reading the transcript of what was billed as a GOP "debate" last night hosted by the completely untrustworthy FOX "News" and narrated by the more untrustworthy and shamelessly partisan Brit Hume.
I fully expect GOP neo-conservative wingnuttia from FOX's Hume and Chris Wallace, in particular, but take a look at what serious thinking Chuck Todd's First Glance comments are at MSNBC.com.
Placing Ron Paul, GOP contender, in the "losers" column of last night's "debate" Todd writes this....
Paul was as angry as he's been -- at one point, we wondered why he just didn't scream, "Hey kids, GET OFF MY LAWN!" Link
Todd, of course, is part of the non-biased, ever-so-objective, solemn and serious Knee Pad brigade of Washington "journalists". That must be why he resorted to such an intelligent analysis of Paul's performance, you know, 'the crazy old man yelling at the kids on his lawn', objective and probing analysis we've come to expect from those who service Washington's powerful politicians.
Here's the real reason for Todd's, as well as Wallace's, mocking tone towards Ron Paul....
WALLACE: Congressman Paul...
Congressman Paul, your position on the war is pretty simple: Get out.
What about, though, trying to minimize the bloodbath that would certainly occur if we pull out in a hurry? What about protecting the thousands of Iraqis who have staked their lives in backing the U.S.? And would you leave troops in the region to take out any al Qaeda camps that are developed after we leave?
PAUL: The people who say there will be a bloodbath are the ones who said it will be a cakewalk or it will be a slam dunk, and that it will be paid for by oil. Why believe them? They've been wrong on everything they've said.
PAUL: So why not ask the people...
... why not ask the people who advised not to go into the region and into the war? The war has not gone well one bit.
Yes, I would leave. I would leave completely. Why leave the troops in the region? It was the fact that we had troops in Saudi Arabia -- was one of the three reasons given for the attack on 9/11.
So why leave them in the region? They don't want our troops on the Arabian Peninsula. We have no need for our national security to have troops on the Arabian Peninsula.
And going into Iraq and Afghanistan and threatening Iran is the worst thing we can do for our national security. I am less safe, the American people are less safe for this.
It's the policy that is wrong. Tactical movements and shifting troops around and taking in the 30 more and reducing by five -- totally irrelevant.
We need a new foreign policy that said we ought to mind our own business, bring our troops home, defend this country, defend our borders...
WALLACE: Congressman Paul -- and I'd like you to take 30 seconds to answer this -- you're basically saying that we should take our marching orders from Al Qaida? If they want us off the Arabian Peninsula, we should leave?
PAUL: I'm saying we should take our marching orders from our Constitution. We should not go to war...
PAUL: We should not go to war without a declaration. We should not go to war when it's an aggressive war. This is an aggressive invasion. We've committed the invasion of this war. And it's illegal under international law.
That's where I take my marching orders, not from any enemy.
What passes for good, sound and wise media analysis today is listening to a GOP representative running for the presidential nomination point out the need for American leaders to follow the Constitution, reject the highly illegal pre-emption policies of the traitorous neo-conservatives, and return to a foreign policy that respects the rest of the world....and then after listening, concluding, with deep, profound and thoughtful wording, that all of that is best described as a mad old man screaming at kids to "get off my lawn".
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