WTF! This just plain pisses me off! (I know…not to hard to do)
Brian Williams at MSNBC was commenting on the fact that the new leader of Iran is a terrorist:
President Bush said Thursday that “many questions” have been raised by allegations of some former American hostages that Iran’s president-elect was one of their captors in the late 1970s.
“I have no information,” Bush said in an interview with foreign reporters ahead of a trip to Scotland next week. “But obviously his involvement raises many questions.”
Afterward, White House press secretary Scott McClellan said that Bush was referring to reports suggesting Iranian president-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s involvement in the 1979 hostage crisis at the U.S. embassy in Tehran.
McClellan said the White House is taking the allegations seriously and “looking into them to better understand the facts.”
Former hostages Chuck Scott, David Roeder, William J. Daugherty and Don A. Sharer told The Associated Press that after seeing Ahmadinejad on television, they have no doubt he was one of the hostage-takers. A fifth ex-hostage, Kevin Hermening, said he reached the same conclusion after looking at photos. A close aide to Ahmadinejad denied the president-elect took part in the seizure of the embassy or in holding Americans hostage.
And what did Brian Williams say? (h/t The Dread Pundit Bluto)
Many Americans woke up to a curious story this morning: several of the former Iran Hostages have decided there is a strong resemblance between Iran’s new president and one of their captors more than 25 years ago. The White House and most official branches of government are ducking any substantive comment on this story, and photo analysis is going on at this and other news organizations. It is a story that will be at or near the top of our broadcast and certainly made for a robust debate in our afternoon editorial meeting, when several of us raised the point (I’ll leave it to others to decide germaneness) that several U.S. presidents were at minimum revolutionaries, and probably were considered terrorists of their time by the Crown in England.
Did you get that?
“several U.S. presidents were at minimum revolutionaries, and probably were considered terrorists of their time by the Crown in England.”
I’ll say it again…WTF!
Did George Washington bomb innocent women and children? Did any of our founding fathers fight the British any other way other then honorable? Hell no. They fought the British army and only the British army. They never deliberately targeted civilians, they never strapped bombs to the chests of children. To call them terrorists is just insulting. It insults the memories of our founding fathers….to think this jackass is attempting to compare Zarqawi and Bin Laden to Washington and Hamilton. Just disgusting.
As The Captain noted:
Williams indulges in the same, tired moral equivalency that led Michael Moore to declare Zarqawi as the Iraqi version of the Minutemen from our war of independence. This minimizes the cruelty and inhumanity of the enemies of freedom that use civilians as their targets while trying to impose tyrannies far worse than anything George III could ever have dreamed in his most feverish illusions. It also continues the generation-long effort to rewrite American history to eliminate the idea of American exceptionalism, where all forms of government are relatively equal and democracy is simply another choice with no special moral value over monarchies or autocracies.
The sad part is that those people on the far left who believe the US is evil incarnate will have no problem believing Williams crap.
I will second The Captains closing remark.
Shame on Brian Williams and shame on MSNBC.
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