Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Nutcases go, predictably, ballistic.

Conservative nutjobs are doing what conservative nutjobs do.

Beck: "'We're never going to use nuclear weapons.' That's the most -- that's the most dangerous thing I think I've ever heard a president say.
Except that's not what he actually said.

Pamela Geller wrote:
Obama says to our enemies, bring it on, we won't fight ya -- leaving us bare naked vulnerable like a virgin slipped a Rohypnol on her first date with a Chicagoland gangsta.

Obama is removing nuclear defense at a time when Iran's devout mullahcracy is building their nuclear arsenal with the global objective of a universal caliphate.

Deliberately ignoring the fact that Obama made an exception for both Iran and North Korea.

More sensible heads than theirs agreed with the review:
"The review has the full support of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mullen said. 'We believe it provides us and our field commanders the opportunity to better shape our nuclear weapons posture, policies and force structure to meet an ever-changing security environment,' Mullen said. 'This Nuclear Posture Review reaffirms our commitment to defend the vital interests of the United States and those of our partners and allies with a more balanced mix of nuclear and non-nuclear means than we have at our disposal today.'"
I am with David Frum on this. The outrage expressed by people like Beck has no bearing on reality, but that's not what he is about. He is about numbers. How many people are listening to him? How many ads can he sell based on that number?
When Rush Limbaugh said that he wanted President Obama to fail, he was intelligently explaining his own interests. What he omitted to say – but what is equally true – is that he also wants Republicans to fail. If Republicans succeed – if they govern successfully in office and negotiate attractive compromises out of office – Rush’s listeners get less angry. And if they are less angry, they listen to the radio less, and hear fewer ads for Sleepnumber beds.

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