Wednesday, September 04, 2013


Before you start thinking that right-wing skepticism about a Syria attack signals a more tolerant view of Islam, consider this item from Fox's man on the "culture war news" beat, Todd Starnes:
Sen. John McCain said shouting "Allahu Akbar" is the same as saying "thank God." ...

[Brian] Kilmeade [of Fox and Friends] told the senator he had an issue with recently obtained video that reportedly shows Syrian rebels shooting down a Syrian fighter jet and shouting, "Allahu Akbar!" ...

"Would you have a problem with American Christians saying, thank God, thank God?" McCain retorted. "That's what they're saying. Come on. Of course they're Muslims, but they're moderates."

Sen. McCain has no idea what he's talking about.

Allahu Akbar is what the terrorists said before flying jetliners into the World Trade Center Towers, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.

Thank God is what they said when Americans discovered their loved ones survived the attacks.

Allahu Akbar is what traitor Nidal Hasan said before American soldiers were slaughtered at Fort Hood.

Thank God is what they said when Americans discovered their loved ones survived the attacks.

Allahu Akbar is what the terrorists' mother said after the Boston Marathon bombings.

Thank God is what they said when Americans discovered their loved ones survived the attacks.

Perhaps Sen. McCain should refrain from theological dissertation and do what he does best -- carry President Obama's water.
That's where we are right now -- the senator most in favor of war in the Middle East is insufficiently Muslim-phobic for Fox's "culture war" reporter.

And, of course, Starnes has given us a rather selective view of the use of "Thank God" -- which is also a phrase these folks use:

As well as folks like this:

(But Todd Starnes would probably agree with the latter sentiment -- and perhaps with the former sentiments, although mainstream-media right-wingers have learned to distance themselves from the Westboro Baptist Church crowd.)

In any case, the thirst for war may have dissipated now that it's a Democrat doing the saber-rattling, but the Muslim-hate never dies. Once one of theirs is in charge, right-wingers will be beating the war drums soon.


Also see Allen West, in an interview with Fox's Greta Van Susteren (via Fox Nation):
VAN SUSTEREN: Is there some value in punishing [Assad]? Does it send a message to Iran, to Hezbollah, to other parts of the world?

WEST: If you to send a message to Iran and Hezbollah and the rest of the world, you send the message to Iran and Hezbollah. I'll give you a great case in point from history. The Second Punic War between Carthage and Rome, when Rome could not defeat Hannibal who was there in Italy, they launched against their satellite colonies, in Spain, and then they launched an attack against Carthage, which drew Hannibal out of Rome, and then they defeated him.

That's what we have to do, look at who the real people that are sponsoring and supporting Bashar al Assad and go after them. What the president should have done, which would have been true leadership and strategic vision, we should have left a residual force in Iraq instead of zeroing out our presence. And now we don't have anything that stops Iran's transiting through Iraq to go in and help Assad. If we had left some type of force along the border with Iraq and Syria, that would have been a deterrent.
Yup -- according to West, we shouldn't bomb Syria, because what we really should have done was ... leave troops in Iraq so they could be attacking Iran and Hezbollah now!

Believe me, a lot of supposed "isolationists" in the right-wing base were watching that and nodding in agreement.


John Taylor said...

What a great idea. Leave a residual force in Iraq as perfect targets for any extremist group to attack. Think again, Allen West.

Victor said...

It's ok, he's outta there, so he doesn't care - despite the disgraceful way this MFer was finally let go.
It ain't HIS idiotic ass, no more!

We need to purge our military of the remaining nuts who are like this festering bunghole, West - and I think there are more than even the most pessimistic amongt us, might think.

Carol Ann said...

Too funny. Of course, a person speaking Arabic should suddenly stop in the middle and utter an English phrase! Otherwise it isn't being said in the correct language of Christianity, which everyone knows is Amurcan with a southern drawl.

Aunt Snow said...

Shorter Todd Starnes:

"Only Christians are allowed to thank their deity."