I certainly hold no truck with the neo-cons who believe in America’s hegemony (although they are tenacious… it only took them two years to take the Republican party over again). And I certainly don’t agree with the myth that Ronald Reagan was one of the greatest presidents ever (although if you run through the list of post-war Republican presidents, the reason for the G.O.P.’s attachment to him becomes pretty clear).
But it takes a special man to combine these two travesties together in a pithy quote that brings political discourse to a new level of insanity. The subject was what the U.S. should do about Libya:
Ronald Reagan bombed Libya. If you want to be Reagan-esque, it seems the path is pretty clear here.
Whatever your opinion of Ronald Reagan and his bombing of Libya, I think we can all agree that he stopped being President 23 years ago, and that a decision that may have been correct back then probably has absolutely no application here. This is like saying that if you want to be Kennedy-esque, you should blockade Cuba.
For the record, Reagan bombed Libya in 1986 in retaliation for a run of Libyan-sponsored terrorism that included the bombing of a Berlin discotheque frequented by American soldiers… the issue now is protecting Libyans who are trying to overthrow their government. Was the bombing effective? Not really… the Libyans continued sponsoring terrorism (a hijacking over Pakistan, a bombing over Lockerbie, etc.) and al-Gaddafi has been in power ever since. Did it make Americans who treat war like a football game giddy? Ya bet ya.
The person who said this asinine quote out loud also thinks he should be in charge of the U.S. military. But what do you expect from somebody who hasn’t changed his hairstyle since his mom first slicked it down on his first day of kindergarten?
Ladies and gentlemen, former Penn. Sen and 2012 Presidential candidate Rick Santorum.
Of course this is also the man who said in regards to his wish that homosexual sex be outlawed (which he thinks is possible legally because there’s no Constitutional right to privacy):
If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything.
The best part? He’s probably only the third biggest fucktard who’ll be running for the G.O.P. nomination next year.