It's easy to forget that some of our crazier Congress critters are taken seriously abroad because they're bona fide members of Speaker Boner's boneheaded caucus. This time it happened in Egypt at a bizarre presser held by Bachmann, Gohmert and King, the 3 nuts of the apocalypse:
“We have seen the threat that the Muslim Brotherhood has posed here for the people in Egypt. We have seen the threat that the Muslim Brotherhood has posed around the world. We stand against this great evil. We are not for them. We remember who caused 9/11 in America. We remember who it was that killed 3,000 brave Americans. We have not forgotten.”
Thus spake Ms. Bachmann. The Muslim Brotherhood, of course, was not involved and denounced the attack, which those of a conspiratorial turn of mind assume means that they *were* responsible. Call out the black helicopters and put on your tin foil chapeau.
Loony Louis Gohmert Piles, uh, piled on by making a downright stupid and inaccurate historical analogy involving the leader of the Egyptian junta:
“We met with for a long meeting General el-Sissi and many of the military leaders, and my friend Steve King mentioned again about our heritage in America,” he explained. “George Washington, doing what no one had ever done before him, led a military in revolution, won the revolution, and then resigned and went home.”
“And we met, in General el-Sissi, a man who is leader of the military, who might have a shot at being elected president, but is more concerned about giving his life to help his country, Egypt,” Gohmert said.
A General whose name is a pun waiting to happen is like George Washington? Does that mean he has wooden choppers and grows hemp? Texas pols are wont to make inappropriate historical analogies, Lyndon Johnson once got carried away on a Vice Presidential visit to Saigon and compared President/Strong Man Diem to George Washington, but Diem was at least the father of his short-lived country. The only thing General el-Sissi has ever birthed was a coup.
It's interesting, but not surprising, to see these avatars of "freedom" once again allow their Islamophobia to overwhelm their "conservative principles." They sounded like cold warriors praising a dictator because he was "our son-of-a-bitch." Oh well, at least they didn't mention Huma Abedin this time around...
As usual, this post has given me an earworm. The title is a take on Macca's Wings Over America, tour and live album which both included this song: