Newt Gingrich on ‘this phony war’
By Reid Stott
â€œWe used to be a serious country. When we got attacked at Pearl Harbor, we took on Imperial Japan, Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany. We beat all three in less than four years. Weâ€™re about to enter the seventh year of this phony war against â€¦ [terrorist groups], and weâ€™re losing.â€ Newt Gingrich
Minor differences that might come into play (and I’m not a military man, so there might be a few more I’ve missed):
- Nazis, Imperialists, and Fascists generally all wore uniforms and were backed by a state.
- There was a draft in America.
- American industry was turned to producing planes, tanks, guns, and bullets.
- Not one iota of American war-making ingenuity was declined.
Now, I know neither Reid nor Newt are stupid, so I don’t know why Newt made the statement or Reid highlighted it. Whatever it’s there for, it seems fairly pointless. There is a way to end this War on Terrorist Groups. We all know what it is, and it starts with n, ends with r, and some peoples’ way of pronouncing drives pedants crazy. But it is there, and as a nation, we’ve decided it’s not going to happen because (presumably) it’s inhumane and there are some serious consequences (duh). Like it or not, though, it is there and will at a minimum, destroy economies, nations, and thought-leaders that drive this Islamic bullshit, which will shut them down for 30-50 years.
So, let’s not talk about losing a war we haven’t even started to fight with all our might. We’re doing it the way we’re doing it, thanks to a whole boatload of smart people who think we’re doing it the right way. Leave it to average Joe Box-of-Wine, and we nuke Mecca, Waziristan, probably Islamabad, too. Tomorrow.
Of course, like all fookin’ politicians, Newt plans to hip all us morons to his plan sometime in the future:
Gingrich said he would lay out in a Sept. 10 speech what a successful U.S. approach to this threat would have looked like over the past six years.
No, wait — dammitt, I’m sorry. Newt is going to tell us what we should have done. Like there’s not enough of that political hindsight ass-covering bullshit going on as it is. We get Cerebral Newt in a month hectoring on us how we should have done it. Well, piss on that. Take a number, Newt…you’re a dime a dozen these days.