This week’s weekend weasel is a no brainer; especially considering the mind numbingly ignorant claims being made by the recipients.
First out of the gate is President Barack Obama with claims he made in a speech that Winston Churchill said “we don’t torture” at a time when London was being bombed by the Germans.
The British, during World War II, when London was being bombed to smithereens, had 200 or so detainees. And Churchill said, we don’t torture—when the entire British—all of the British people were being subjected to unimaginable risk and threat. And the reason was that Churchill understood you start taking shortcuts, and over time that corrodes what’s best in a people. It corrodes the character of a country.
The only problem is that Churchill never made such a statement. Our historically illiterate President picked up the meme from a blog and repeated it with the typical liberal head bobbing speed.
This is how liberal fantasies begin, rooted in ignorance, passed by word of blog or mouth, and then regurgitated by the exulted orator Barack Hussein Obama and then, stunningly, repeated by even bigger idiots such as Amy Davis of The New Yorker.
Churchill historian Richard M. Langworth set the record straight:
While it’s nice to hear the President invoke Sir Winston, the quotation is unattributed and almost certainly incorrect. While Churchill did express such sentiments with regard to prison inmates, he said no such thing about prisoners of war, enemy combatants or terrorists, who were in fact tortured by British interrogators during World War II.
The word “torture” appears 156 times in my digital transcript of Churchill’s 15 million published words (books, articles, speeches, papers) and 35 million words about him—but not once in the subject context. Similarly, key phrases like “character of a country” or “erodes the character” do not track.
Obama seems to have been misled by Andrew Sullivan’s recent article in The Atlantic, “Churchill vs. Cheney,” which calmly urges that Vice President Cheney be prosecuted. The British, Sullivan wrote,
captured over 500 enemy spies operating in Britain and elsewhere. Most went through Camp 020, a Victorian pile crammed with interrogators. As Britain’s very survival hung in the balance, as women and children were being killed on a daily basis and London turned into rubble, Churchill nonetheless knew that embracing torture was the equivalent of surrender to the barbarism he was fighting….
“Churchill nonetheless knew” appears suddenly and with no evidence to back it up. Sullivan makes no other reference to Churchill, or to how he divined Churchill’s views on torture.
Of course Andrew Sullivan doesn’t provide any references; that’s not the ignorati way. In fact the article in question is a repost of one he made months earlier. Thus we are witness to a repeat lie, right out of the left’s playbook.
And the dummies in the mainstream media lap it all up just because they are too stupid to question Barack Obama. A man that must succeed for his cheerleaders in the media to maintain any semblance of credibility. (Sorry that horse has left the barn.)
As if on cue along comes Amy Davis on her Close Read blog in the New Yorker with her Daily Kosian followup to BHO. After citing the Sullivan inspired reinvention of history ignorantly uttered by Barack Obama Amy Davis uses his statements to further her position that Barack Obama is the next Winston Churchill and that President Bush was the modern day Neville Chamberlain.
Obama out-Churchilled Bush—not bad, given Bush’s constant and increasingly tedious invocations of the Prime Minister. (Obama may have been citing a very good Andrew Sullivan post.) Bush saw himself as a latter-day Churchill—though there’s an argument that the better parallel is Neville Chamberlain—and put his bust in the Oval Office, saying, “He watches my every move.” Obama ditched it for a bust of Lincoln, which hurt British feelings—back in February, the Telegraph speculated that Obama was mad at Churchill because of the torture of Kenyans, including, perhaps, Obama’s grandfather, in the Mau Mau rebellion during his second premiership. So it took the British a few years to realize that Kenyans deserved to be treated like Germans. (And their treatment might not have been so lovely, as Politico points out.) Still, sentiment counts for something. And anyway, we can be better than Churchill.
Yes folks, a so called journalist whose biggest accomplishments seem to be rooted in ignorance believes that she can be better than Winston Churchill; the WWII era British Statesman that held a firm line during Great Britain’s finest hour in the face of fascism and the scourge of the Nazi invasion. Churchill did this alone after the fall of France. He also denied Hitler a surrender and went on to to become the greatest of all of Britain’s wartime leaders.
Frankly, Amy Davis is an idiot. And to think that she gets paid for writing her trash.
If we are going to compare Presidents to Neville Chamberlain my vote goes to the guy that accepted America bashing books from Hugo Chavez, bowed to a Saudi King, watched helplessly as North Korea shot a rocket over the Pacific, is paying the Palestinians blood money and last, for the sake of brevity, is looking to sit down and negotiate with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a Holocaust denier that has repeatedly vowed to destroy Israel and her Zionist allies (i.e. us). And Bush gets her vote?
So that’s it in a nutshell, dumb and dumber: Andrew Sullivan, Barack Obama and Amy Davis. Our weekend weasels. Order is optional.
(Hat Tip: Warner Todd Huston at Newsbusters)