Wingnuts Over Egypt

It’s easy to forget that some of our crazier Congress critters are taken seriously abroad because they’re bona fide members of Speaker Boner’s boneheaded caucus.This time it happened in Egypt at a bizarre presser held by Bachmann, Gohmert and King, the 3 nuts of the apocalypse:

“We have seen the threat that the Muslim Brotherhood has posed here for
the people in Egypt. We have seen the threat that the Muslim Brotherhood
has posed around the world. We stand against this great evil. We are
not for them. We remember who caused 9/11 in America. We remember who it
was that killed 3,000 brave Americans. We have not forgotten.”

Thus spake Ms. Bachmann. The Muslim Brotherhood, of course, was not involved and denounced the attack, which those of a conspiratorial turn of mind assume means that they *were* responsible. Call out the black helicopters and put on your tin foil chapeau.

Loony Louis Gohmert Piles, uh, piled on by making a downright stupid and inaccurate historical analogy involving the leader of the Egyptian junta:

“We met with for a long meeting General el-Sissi and many of the
military leaders, and my friend Steve King mentioned again about our
heritage in America,” he explained. “George Washington, doing what no
one had ever done before him, led a military in revolution, won the
revolution, and then resigned and went home.”

“And we met, in General el-Sissi, a man who is leader of the
military, who might have a shot at being elected president, but is more
concerned about giving his life to help his country, Egypt,” Gohmert

A General whose name is a pun waiting to happen is like George Washington? Does that mean he has wooden choppers and grows hemp? Texas pols are wont to make inappropriate historical analogies, Lyndon Johnson once got carried away on a Vice Presidential visit to Saigon and compared President/Strong Man Diem to George Washington, but Diem was at least the father of his short-lived country. The only thing General el-Sissi has ever birthed was a coup.

It’s interesting, but not surprising, to see these avatars of “freedom” once again allow their Islamophobia to overwhelm their “conservative principles.” They sounded like cold warriors praising a dictator because he was “our son-of-a-bitch.” Oh well, at least they didn’t mention Huma Abedinthis time around…

As usual, this post has given me an earworm. The title is a take on Macca’s Wings Over America, tour and live album which both included this song:

3 thoughts on “Wingnuts Over Egypt

  1. My mind like a scratched vinyl LP repeatedly playing the same section over and over. Bachman, Gohmert, and King are in Egypt giving speeches based on their authority for foreign poligy – click – BGK are in Egypt defining foreign policy – click – BGK…
    Remember how in the Bush years, when such travel to an Arab country was portrayed as an act of treason? And let me be overly kind and naïve and say that as members of Congress the 3 do have a responsibility to investigate; Even then, what is their authority to make public pronouncements in Egypt about US foreign policy?????
    And between the 3 of them, what are the odds that they have any comprehension of the very difficult situation with all the different groups involved? Much less any potential inter-relations with other problems (anyone ever hear of Syria? Anyone think that what happens in Egypt and Syria is totally unrelated, and also unrealated with, say, Iran?)
    Of course, the 3 supposedly want a vote / democracy. So when Egypt votes in the Brotherhood, we have the precedent of ignoring the vote of the people from when Hammas was voted into power.
    And if they don’t like the Arab Brotherhood, and don’t like Al Q, and don’t like military rule, about the only form of govt left for Egypt to adopt is a Christian Theocracy based on the Bible. Anyone want to bet that Egypt will gladly institute such a govt?

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