Can’t deaths be ‘tragic’?

CAN’T DEATHS BE ‘TRAGIC’?…. On CNN last night, Larry King asked President Obama about the Israeli raid on the flotilla intended for Gaza. The president responded by calling it a “tragic situation,” adding, “You’ve got loss of life that was unnecessary.”

According to Liz Cheney, this was a terrible thing to say. Greg Sargent flags her latest complaint:

Yesterday, President Obama said the Israeli action to stop the flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip was “tragic.” What is truly tragic is that President Obama is perpetuating Israel’s enemies’ version of events. The Israeli government has imposed a blockade around Gaza because Hamas remains committed to Israel’s destruction…

President Obama is contributing to the isolation of Israel, and sending a clear signal to the Turkish-Syrian-Iranian axis that their methods for ostracizing Israel will succeed, and will be met by no resistance from America….

Yes, for Liz Cheney, we’ve reached the point at which characterizing violence and death as “tragic” is somehow offensive to delicate right-wing sensibilities.

It’s quite a conservative discourse we have.

For the record, if Cheney listened just a few more seconds, she would have heard the president say, “You’ve got a situation in which Israel has legitimate security concerns when they’ve got missiles raining down on cities along the Israel/Gaza border. I’ve been to those towns and seen the holes that were made by missiles coming through people’s bedrooms. So Israel has a legitimate concern there.”

Tell me, if this “perpetuating Israel’s enemies’ version of events”?

You can hear more of this nonsense on Sunday morning, when Liz Cheney joins the roundtable discussion on ABC News “This Week.”

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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.