No wonder he lies constantly

March 16th, 2011

His whole worldview is based on nothing remotely true. Considering his intellectual approach — if you can call it an intellect — is based on lies, you’d think he’d be a lot better at it.

That wasn’t Obama’s only high-minded howler. Seeking to demonstrate the wisdom of unconditional meetings with our adversaries, Obama cited John F. Kennedy’s 1961 summit with Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev in Vienna among the series of negotiations that led to America’s triumph over the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and FDR’s meetings with, well, nobody.

The Kennedy-Khrushcev summit in Vienna, moreover, disproved Obama’s assertion regarding the unvarying value of meetings between enemy heads of state about as decisively as any historical episode can refute a thesis. Obama may as well have cited the Munich Conference of 1938 to prove the value of negotiations in conflict resolution.

Once in office Obama was at it again. At his 100-day press conference, Obama invoked Churchill rejecting the use of torture for interrogation in the days of the Blitz during World War II. Obama instructed the assembled multitude: “I was struck by an article that I was reading the other day talking about the fact that the British during World War II, when London was being bombed to smithereens, had 200 or so detainees. And Churchill said, ‘We don’t torture,’ when the entire British–all of the British people–were being subjected to unimaginable risk and threat….the reason was that Churchill understood — you start taking shortcuts, over time, that corrodes what’s best in a people. It corrodes the character of a country.”

Now if you’ve ever read much Churchill or any competent history of World War II, you would have a pretty good idea that one thing Churchill never said in the course of a long life is: “We don’t torture.” Churchill was not a liberal sentimentalist on the subject of means and ends in war. Is there anything he would not have done to advance Britain’s survival and victory in World War II? Not bloody likely. “If Hitler invaded Hell,” Churchill famously remarked with respect to the German invasion of the Soviet Union, “I would at least make a favorable reference to the Devil in the House of Commons.”

Churchill, in fact, favored summarily executing the Nuremberg defendants without benefit of trial, and he had no qualms about the killing of captured German spies to facilitate the cooperation of others in connection with the Double Cross System.

More demonstrations of historical ignorance at the link. Either Obama is a liar with an agenda, or a pig-ignorant pseudo-intellectual blowhard. Take your pick, one or the other. You already know what I think on that score.

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  1. Three Legged Bunny
    March 16th, 2011 at 15:03 | #1
    They don't torture? Sheeit. The Irish conflict has pretty much petered out, but the history of the Brits in Ireland is rife with tortures of all kinds. Example: In the Trpoubles in Belfast, the British army had little tricks like smashing glass all over a narrow lane--the only kind there was--in the Catholic district and running local men through it barefoot. Now, I don't know that Chruchill was ever actually in Ireland, but I know he applied that shifty brain to the English side of the table while negotiating with Micahel Collins in '23--the negotiation that produced the divided Ireland we still have.

    And then there are their own prisons for crying out loud. One book I read about the old days in Strangeways Prison, told of guys having to haul ore cars on rails day after day on short rations--some of them opted to shove both arms under the wheels and become double amutees rather than continue slowly working themselves to death. In response, the Brits put them in horse collars so they could continue to pull ore cars without arms.

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