A certain Iraqi official holding the post of (Dis)Information Minister made a name for himself in the second Iraq war against the west. That was the one where Saddam Hussein wound up hiding in a spider hole and the people of Iraq were finally freed of his tyranny.
It doesn’t matter what his real name was. He came to be called “Baghdad Bob.” As the western allies descended on Baghdad, Bob held frequent press conferences laden with colorful, comical but incorrect contentions:
“Our initial assessment is that [the allies] will all die.” That assessment proved inaccurate, to put it mildly.
“God will roast their stomachs in hell at the hands of Iraqis.” Ditto.
“They’re not even [within] 100 miles [of Baghdad]. They are not in any place. They hold no place in Iraq.” At the time, the allies were in the Baghdad suburbs preparing to enter downtown.
“They fled. The American louts fled.” In fairness to Bob, the Americans later did flee, but it took the election of Barack Hussein Obama for that to happen. Then the Americans un-fled. After Obama’s ill-advised withdrawal, the Americans returned to establish relative peace again.
“They tried to bring a small number of tanks and personnel carriers in through al-Durah but they were surrounded and most of the infidels had their throats cut.” Well, no, that didn’t happen.
“We’re giving them a real lesson today. ‘Heavy’ doesn’t accurately describe the level of casualties we have inflicted.” His second sentence was true.
“I am here now to tell you, we do not have any scud missiles and I don’t know why they were fired into Kuwait.”
“The cruise missiles do not frighten anyone.”
“These cowards have no morals. They have no shame about lying.”
And then there’s Baghdad Biden on Afghanistan:
“Nobody’s being killed.”
Ah, but they were and are. Amnesty International reported “Six of the men were shot and three were tortured to death, including one man who was strangled with his own scarf and had his arm muscles sliced off. The brutal killings likely represent a tiny fraction of the total death toll inflicted by the Taliban to date.”
Biden may have missed the clip of Afghans clinging to American jets and then falling hundreds of feet as the jets took off. Did he suppose those people weren’t killed?
But he had a snappy response to that tragedy: “That happened four days, five days ago.” It in fact had happened only two days before he said that but, in any event, what’s his point? That four or five days ago is ancient history?
Biden assured us that the Taliban are “cooperating, letting American citizens get out, American personnel get out, embassies get out, et cetera.”
If only that were true. The State Department today warned Americans in Kabul not to even attempt to get to the airport.
I have no quarrel with Biden’s “et cetera.” To the extent he bothers with replies to reporters’ questions maybe he should omit everything except “et cetera.”
He said al Qaeda is “gone” from Afghanistan. Just hours later, the Pentagon said that’s not so.
When directly asked whether his military advisors recommended keeping 2,500 troops in Afghanistan to conduct an orderly withdrawal, Biden answered “No. No one said that to me that I can recall.”
That he “can recall”? He’s leaving open the possibility that he was told that, but then forgot? His awkward hedge is obviously to avoid directly contradicting the numerous high-ranking military advisors who have reported that they told Biden precisely that.
Biden said “I have seen no question of our credibility from our allies around the world.” But the UK Parliament had already called Biden “asleep at the wheel,” “shameful” and “catastrophic” while the German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the outcome in Afghanistan “bitter, dramatic and terrifying.”
I liked Baghdad Bob better that Baghdad Biden. Bob was funnier, was less dangerous to the world, and spoke better English.
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