This Week in Cretins: Dana Rohrabacher
Congressman Dana Rohrabacher tweets:
Just met in Berlin with leaders of the Northern Alliance who defeated
the Taliban. #Afghanistan #freedom
And Aug 9th:
.@JC_Christian Osama fought Soviets, funded by Saudis not US. I always
opp. support 4 radicals like him unlike Clinton who backed Taliban.
.@JC_Christian @tigrs99 @blogdiva No Taliban til post Bush Sr, Clinton
backed Taliban vs Muj mods, Bush Jr only in office few months b4 9/11
Wow, sounds like Republican Dana Rohrabacher decries the Taliban and
wants to blame them on Clinton, right?
This would be easier to take if it wasn't coming from a guy who
(previously) had "lobbied shamelessly" for the Taliban:
What they won't mention is that Rohrabacher also once lobbied
shamelessly for the Taliban. A November/December 1996 article in
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs reported, "The potential rise
of power of the Taliban does not alarm Rohrabacher" because the
congressman believes the "Taliban could provide stability in an area
where chaos was creating a real threat to the U.S." Later in the
article, Rohrabacher claimed that:
Taliban leaders are "not terrorists or revolutionaries." Media reports
documenting the Taliban's harsh, radical beliefs were "nonsense." The
Taliban would develop a "disciplined, moral society" that did not
harbor terrorists. The Taliban posed no threat to the U.S.
Although he continues to describe himself as an expert on Afghan
history and politics, Rohrabacher was obviously dead wrong on all
What's remarkable is not only Rohrabacher's attempt to rewrite history
after Sept. 11, but there's also his glaring naivete, evident in his
bungling assessment of the Qatar meeting.