Allen West, Asshole of the Day for July 18, 2014
by TeaPartyCat ()
Yesterday Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down along the Russia-Ukraine border, and it appears it was targeted by Ukrainian separatists who have been armed and encouraged by Putin. Some even suggest that they are actually Russian soldiers, as was the case in Crimea.
It’s a pretty big deal when a civilian passenger flight gets shot down, and since everyone is covering it, every crackpot and partisan is also chiming in with their usual agenda and hackery. Rush Limbaugh was nearly Asshole of the Day today for his assertion that maybe Obama had some part in the shooting of the plane as a way of distracting from the border crisis, though he was careful to say he wasn’t accusing him. And then old Rush entertained callers with conspiracies for an hour without pushing back on their crazy talk. So much for careful.
And then former congressman Allen West wrote:
Sadly, hundreds of Ukrainians and 298 souls on MH17 have paid the price for the weakness and abject cowardice of Obama’s “flexibility.”
And here in America we quibble over a lawsuit against this charlatan. The blood on Vladimir Putin’s hands was poured by Barack Obama who is indirectly responsible, accountable accountable [sic] and no different than Neville Chamberlain’s weakness in the face of the 20th Century maniacal dictator Adolf Hitler.
Yes, you see, according to Allen West, there wouldn’t be any conflict between Russia and Ukraine if it weren’t for Obama’s “weakness and abject cowardice”.
As I’ve pointed out before, guys like Allen West and other neocons are really hard to satirize. Before Allen West spoke up, I had satirized GOP reaction as:
and more generally
And then here’s Allen West saying it today for real.
Now I’ve said this before with regards to Putin, but now that it has escalated, I’ll say it again: Obama doesn’t have control over the whole world. We may be a super power, but that doesn’t confer super powers on our president. Things happen in the world that we don’t control, can’t control.
There was never, ever a chance that the US was going to send troops or start bombing Russia or Crimea. Never. Ever. And Putin knows that. No amount of tough talk or cowboy hats was going to make Putin worry about what we thought as he conducts his border policy. So this plane, this conflict on Russia’s border is on Putin. He started it. He continues to manipulate it. And Putin bungled it.
And it is time to stop already with the Chamberlain comparisons as a valid criticism of foreign policy. Every time you bring up Chamberlain you are saying that it was Chamberlain’s fault what Hitler did, not Hitler’s, at least in some way. And all the Chamberlain talk doesn’t answer the big question of whether the UK had the military power at the time to stop Hitler if they refused to give him what they want. It’s not cowardice to give up what you can’t defend anyways.
This is part of a larger trend with neocons that goes back quite a long ways, at least to Iraq. Despite what those neocons think and bluster about, the US cannot do everything. We can’t fight a war everywhere. And we won’t. Two simultaneous wars have made America war-weary, and the GOP is responsible for that weariness. The neocons started the wars, and they bungled them, and until they can admit that, it’s time we pushed back on their bluster about all the wars we should be fighting, or at least be willing to.
So, for saying that flight MH17 being shot down is somehow Obama’s fault, Allen West is Asshole of the Day.
It is Allen West's second time as Asshole of the Day. His previous wins was for blaming sexual assault in the military on women serving in combat.
Full story: Media Matters
This guy is a perpetual asshole.