The incident itself is not a joke. The witch hunt surrounding it, is. Once again an unsurprising attempt by the NRO to take comments out of context and manufacture false outrage at something someone else didn't say. It reminded me of this:
- Colonel Paul YinglingNobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.
Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.
All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
And another: Mr. President, why did you yourself blame what happened on a video? Did you yourself not know the facts?
And another: Mr. President, where were you?
"What difference" "does it make?"