Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Louie Gohmert just can't stop reminding us he's the stupidest member of Congress

By Michael J.W. Stickings

The Hill:

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said Monday that the Obama administration is making the United States look "like a bunch of cowards" by closing 19 embassies amid intelligence reports about possible terrorist attacks.

Gohmert, guest-hosting on Sean Hannity's radio program Monday, said the administration failed to learn from last year's deadly attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, which killed four Americans.

"We don't want any more people to die," Gohmert said in response to a caller's question. "But it brings us back to the question that [then-Secretary of State] Hillary Clinton asked, what difference does it make at this point?

"The difference it makes is, that if you will bother to find out exactly what went wrong, why you didn't have security where you needed it, where you need security to shore up, what you can do to make sure that doesn't happen again, you don't have to close your embassies like a bunch of cowards that go running away," he continued.

It's possible that the U.S. government hyped (or largely made up) the threats against its facilities overseas as a way to support its case for (essentially universal) surveillance, just as justification for the entire war on terror has been based largely on government fearmongering about threats that the public, given lack of access to evidence, has no way of proving one way or the other -- and the media are playing right along, hyping the "worldwide alert," as CNN blared, without a shred of evidence -- but Gohmert's suggestion that closing embassies is cowardice is just plain stupid.

Obviously, he wouldn't be saying this if a Republican were in the White House, but otherwise it's hard to make a convincing case that closing embassies as a precaution in the event of possible terrorist attacks is a bad idea. If the threats are real, as terror-hyping people like Gohmert must think they are (and, again, they may be -- who knows?), it's not cowardice to do that, it's good sense.

And if he's really so worried about security at America's overseas diplomatic facilities, perhaps he should ask his fellow House Republicans -- and himself -- why they have voted to cut funding for embassy security.

You know, because it's hard to protect yourself from terrorists when doublespeaking Republican hypocrites refuse to give you what you need to do your job.

Think about that the next time a Republican waves the flag in your face and talks about being a patriot.

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  • You know, the first thing that came to mind when I heard about this new Al Qaeda threat was just that -- they're trying to prove that the surveillance works.

    But Gomer, or whatever he's called certainly wants another embassy 'scandal' to blame on Obama and Hillary and that's precisely why they want to cut security.

    Call it Fogg's Razor -- the most cynical explanation is most likely the correct one.

    By Blogger Capt. Fogg, at 10:19 AM  

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