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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Stupid quote du jour

This is a global war on terror. Some people from the other side seem to believe that if we pull out of Iraq, that the Iraqi people are going to go back to tending sheep and herding goats. That's not what's going to happen. If we pull out of Iraq, what's going to happen is you are going to see more bloodshed than we have seen in a long time in this world.
-- Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA). Westmoreland is not, apparently, related to that other champion of endless war, Gen. William Westmoreland. Still, it's hard to know where to start in ripping this moron a new one.

  • First, following on my post from earlier today: Shut the Cheney up about a "war on terror!"
  • Second, it has been a long time since most Iraqis tended sheep or herded goats (if there ever was such a time). According to Wikipedia: "In 1996 some 66.4 percent of the labor force worked in services, 17.5 percent in industry, and 16.1 percent in agriculture." So I guess he's right there--Iraq is unlikely to return to a past that never was.
  • More bloodshed than we've seen in a long time? Well, maybe if you ignore the Congo and what's been going on in Iraq for the past four years. And while there is plenty of evidence that American troops staying is not improving the situation in Iraq, there is none at all that leaving will make it worse. Admittedly, none to indicate that leaving will make it better--because IT HASN'T BEEN TRIED. Staying is a proven failure; leaving isn't a guarantee of anything, but it is evidence of sanity.
Anyway--here's a photo of Westmoron for your dartboard:

And you can read more about him, including his Ten Commandments legislation and his appearance on the Colbert Report, on Wikipedia. Some of these people are too stupid to live, but not too stupid to be in Congress.