TURNING THE NUTTY TO 11…. I thought it was bad when John McCain, asked yesterday whether “there’s any doubt what side President Obama is on” in Iran, replied, “I know what side I’m on. I’m on the side of the people. I’m not on Ahmadinejad’s side or Mousavi. I’m on the side of the Iranian people and I’m on the right side of history.”
Even for a politician whose descent into cheap hackery has been painful to watch, this kind of embarrassing chest-thumping is just ridiculous.
As it turns out, though, it wasn’t even close to being the worst Republican rhetoric of the day regarding the administration and U.S. policy towards Iran. No, that prize goes to Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), who happens to be a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and who believes Iranian brutality is President Obama’s fault.
The California Republican, appearing on MSNBC’s The Ed Show, said that the president “ratcheted up the language a little bit” during his press conference on Tuesday. But, he added, “If [Obama] would have been talking even a little bit tougher a few days ago we might not have seen the violence and bloodshed of this repressive regime in Tehran in the last two days.”
This is what it’s come to. Senior Republicans on the House Foreign Affairs Committee think Iranian bloodshed might have been diminished if Obama “had been talking … a little bit tougher.”
On Monday night, The Nation‘s Chris Hayes noted, “There’s just a tremendous pathological narcissism on behalf of [neocon Republican lawmakers] that everything revolves around the U.S. and revolves around our kind of preening self-satisfaction. And it’s actually really destructive. I mean, if the president was doing what they wanted him to do, we would see things get worse in Iran, worse for the dissidents and protestors. It’s very hard to excuse.”
And yet, the Republican screeds continue to get even more offensive anyway. Incredible.