"I think it's quite clear as you point out, Sean [Hannity], that from this tape, that bin Laden and his lieutenants are monitoring the American news media, they're monitoring public opinion polling, and I suspect they take a great deal of comfort when they see people attacking United States policies."
One should be highly suspicious of newly arrived war critics who attempted to stifle any Bush aggression policy critics of treason. Remember the parable of the frog and the scorpion.
Unable to cross the river, the scorpion asked the frog for aid. The frog refused, saying the scorpion would sting and kill him. The scorpion pointed out, that since he couldn't swim, it would be folly to do so. The frog relented and midway across the river, sure enough, the scorpion stung the frog, because, as the scorpion pointed out, "that's just the kind of son-of-a-bitch I am."
Newt, as well as many other "recent converts" should not be trusted. As Billmon points out:
I don't think Newt is criticizing or second-guessing the administration's policy in Iraq so much as he is front-running it Â probably in an effort to polish his credentials as a foreign policy heavyweight (ÂSee, I suggested we should drawn down our forces in Iraq, and they listened to me.Â)
If IÂm right, we should hear more about it fairly soon, as the semi-official media begins to shift from the old to the new party line, which may be something along the lines of: Those ungrateful Iraqis had their chance at democracy, but now itÂs time for us to go, and the first step is to consolidate all our troops in a few key bases. Or maybe it will be: Even if there isnÂt a government, the Iraqi Army is in great shape, and we can start bringing home the troops. Or maybe it will just be: Mission accomplished. On to Tehran.
With Newt leading the way Â rhetorically, I mean.
And sure enough, low and behold, the ex-speaker never learned the art of silence. Newt, leading the way:
The United States, Europe and Israel face massive destruction by a nuclear attack, Gingrich told University of South Dakota students and faculty. "This is one of the great deciding points of history," Gingrich said, opening a question-and-answer session at Farber Hall. The situation is heightened, Gingrich said, by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's promise to "defeat the Anglo-Saxons and wipe Israel off the face of the earth."
"How is that deterred, where your religion tells you that dying in Armageddon is cool? Where you have suicide bombers with atomic weapons?" Gingrich asked. "You have to take them out. You have to change the regime. Just to take out the (nuclear) facilities is a loser game. When they develop atomic weapons, they will sell them to somebody, and that will be dangerous."
It sounds like he just wants to move the battlefield and break out the big guns. No, we should not welcome people like Newt into the reality based community when they are clearly batshit insane.