Friday, April 09, 2010

Lies, damned lies, and Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin literally wouldn't know the truth if it bit her in the butt:
"It's unbelievable. Unbelievable. No administration in America's history would, I think, ever have considered such a step that we just found out President Obama is supporting today. It's kinda like getting out there on a playground, a bunch of kids, getting ready to fight, and one of the kids saying, 'Go ahead, punch me in the face and I'm not going to retaliate. Go ahead and do what you want to with me.'"
This in response to Obama's announcement that the U.S. won't nuke countries that comply with the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty in the event of their attacking us with chem/bio weapons.

IOW, those countries -- and who are they, exactly? -- would merely be subject to retaliation by the most overwhelming conventional military in the history of the planet Earth.

Daniel Larison has been sighing over right-wing hysteria on this non-issue all week:
* * * there’s something about the irrationality and alarmism in the reactions to Obama’s foreign policy and national security decisions * * * The number of states exempted from nuclear retaliation and both willing and able to launch biological or chemical weapons attacks on the United States and our allies is zero. If there are any states capable of doing this, the massive conventional retaliation they would inevitably face would be more than enough to prevent them from making the attempt. All that the review does is commit the U.S. to not nuking non-nuclear states we are most likely never going to fight in the highly unlikely event that one of them launches an unconventional attack on us.
That is to say, it's pure PR by Obama. And pure lies from Palin and her ilk.

... Btw, this post headline is not only unoriginal, but has 160,000 Google hits. Sub "Barack Obama" and you get 44,500.

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