Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Kerry 2013: Assad Similar to Hitler

Gosh, how is it that Kerry, while Secretary of State, violated the mathematically certain, inviolable, absolute, first principle of all American politics: It is never permissible to compare anyone to Hitler? You'd think that, if every such comparison is outrageous and entirely impermissible, there might have been at least a bit of a dust-up about that...

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just want to be clear. Do you believe that most of the outrage with respect to Spicer's Assad = Hitler quote stems from the "never compare anyone to Hitler" principle or from the way in which the comparison was made? Or have you not taken a position on this?

I suppose it is possible to deride stupidity in itself.

Most of the criticisms about Spicer's quote that I have come in contact with are of the latter variety, i.e. people think that Spicer's particular comparison was bone-headed and laughably ignorant (and ignorant to the extent that it becomes slightly funny). This impression might stem from some sort of sampling bias, however.

You've got to admit, political radicals (in both directions) provide sublime, if not unnerving, entertainment value. It's sort of like watching one's house burn down, but only noting the vibrancy and allure of the flames.

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I'm also scared.

10:32 AM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

LOL right there with ya, A...

"Do you believe that most of the outrage with respect to Spicer's Assad = Hitler quote stems from the "never compare anyone to Hitler" principle or from the way in which the comparison was made? Or have you not taken a position on this?"

No, I didn't actually take a position, but I don't believe that's the source of most of the outrage.

Here's my fast attempt to articulate what happened:

Spicer said something that IMO was not that bad--for reasons. I've articulated--it's *common* for people to saying this like "Chemical weapons were not used in WWII."

I *kind* of understand the outrage...but I just think it's fake/biased. The left would not have reacted like this had Obama's press secretary said it. (Though the right might have...)

So:
Spicer said something that could be misinterpreted.

It *was* misinterpreted by some...but IMO intentionally/maliciously so.

Some lefties are arguing that it was a Holocaust-denial "dog whistle"...which means that they're either insane or dishonest or both.

Others are saying that it's inexcusable incompetence...which...well...I'm not the guy to judge, but, again, see above: it's really not that unusual a thing to say...and, again, the Obama admin would never be treated this way...

THEN ON TOP OF ALL THAT, suddenly there's this COMPLETE BULLSHIT about "no Hitler comparisons"...which...is just icing on this bullshit cake...and it's like waving a read flag in front of me...

Which is not to say that it's the most important point...

Typically, my judgments of importance are not very good, as should be obvious to everyone by now...

10:44 AM  

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