The Lady Speaks

A Small Price?!

By now, we’re all so inured to the stupidity that rushes out of the average Republican mouth that most of us don’t even bother actually listening to them anymore. Occasionally the dumb comment forces us to pay attention to them – like Florida Rep. Bob Allen’s “I was afraid of the black guy so I offered to suck his willie in a desperate attempt to escape!” or Sen. Larry Craig’s “I have a wide stance…”

We shake our heads sadly and go back to ignoring them in order to preserve our own sanity. And then…

One of them goes and says something so incredibly stupid and derisive, and on national television no less, that – if life were fair – would result in them being dragged by horses into a football stadium, stripped naked in front of the jeering crowd, and then whipped with a cat ‘o nine tails, preferably one with spiked barbs on the end.

Yesterday, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Assholeville) opened his mouth and became that man.

From Talking Points Memo:

I’ve just received some advance excerpts of an interview CNN’s Wolf Blitzer has done with GOP House leader John Boehner. It’s set to air this afternoon. Take a look at this chunk:

BLITZER: How much longer will U.S. taxpayers have to shell out $2 billion a week or $3 billion a week as some now are suggesting the cost is going to endure? The loss in blood, the Americans who are killed every month, how much longer do you think this commitment, this military commitment is going to require?

BOEHNER: I think General Petraeus outlined it pretty clearly. We’re making success. We need to firm up those successes. We need to continue our effort here because, Wolf, long term, the investment that we’re making today will be a small price if we’re able to stop al Qaeda here, if we’re able to stabilize the Middle East, it’s not only going to be a small price for the near future, but think about the future for our kids and their kids. [emphasis TPM]

Note that Boehner is specifically answering a question about troop deaths here — which he calls a “small price,” should we win the war.

A “small price?! What. the. fuck?!

Tell the families of the 3776 soldiers killed that their deaths were just a “small price” we had to pay.

Tell the children, the husbands and wives, the mothers and fathers that their loved ones’ deaths were just “a small price” we had to pay to … stop WMDstake out Saddamelections! Constitution!purple fingers! … er, what the fuck is the new Republican talking point? … oh yeah: to stop the bloodbath that Iraq will become if we leave.

General Petraeus can’t tell us whether or not this war has made America safer, but John Boehner — who never met a war he didn’t want other people to fight — believes that the deaths of our soldiers is just a “small price” if by some fucking miracle we’re somehow able to stop Al-Qaeda and stabilize the Middle East.

All of which ignores the facts that: 1) Al-Qaeda represents less than 10% of the insurgency, and 2) we’ve done pretty much all we could to destabilize Iraq and the rest of the Middle East short of blowing shit up with nuclear weapons.

There’s just one question I have: When are we going to hear Boehner and his anti-military comments being roundly condemned by all the talking heads?! When will the attacks by Swift Boat-types questioning his patriotism begin?

Oh, right. I forgot.

IOKIYAR. (It’s Okay If You’re A Republican.)

September 13, 2007 - Posted by | America, Middle East, Republicans, US Military, War, Whacko Nut Cases

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