A walking, talking disgrace

A WALKING, TALKING DISGRACE…. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), an embarrassment to himself and the Senate for quite a while now, seems to be getting worse.

Sen. Jim Inhofe said today that President Barack Obama’s speech in Cairo was “un-American” because he referred to the war in Iraq as “a war of choice” and didn’t criticize Iran for developing a nuclear program.

Inhofe, R-Tulsa, also criticized the president for suggesting that torture was conducted at the military prison in Guantanamo, saying, “There has never been a documented case of torture at Guantanamo.”

“I just don’t know whose side he’s on,” Inhofe said of the president.

A month ago, Inhofe told a group of constituents that the president intends to let “hard-core terrorists” run “loose in the United States.” He was lying. In April, Inhofe insisted Obama is “disarming America. Never before has a president so ravaged the military at a time of war.” He was lying about this, too.

During last year’s presidential campaign, Inhofe asked, “Do you really want to have a guy as commander in chief of this country when you can question whether or not he really loves his country? That’s the big question.”

And now, while the president is overseas, and just as Obama is undercutting al Qaeda propaganda in the Middle East, Inhofe crawls out from beneath his rock to suggest the president might side with terrorists.

A lot of words come to mind to describe this kind of loathsome behavior, but “pro-American” isn’t one of them.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.