Monday, 09 August 2010

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"This Week in Cretins: Dana Rohrabacher" ~ Comments

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher tweets:

Jul 31

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.

and here

.@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 counts.


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.

posted at: 14:37 Mon 09/Aug/2010

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