Traverse City Record-Eagle


A little something to stir the pot!

Jon Voight, a rich, aging, white, minor movie star, has, on FOX News relieved himself of the opinion that President Obama is guilty of pulling our troops out of Iraq. Voight finds this unsurprising, for Voight said years ago that the president would do exactly that. Of course that’s exactly what the President promised he would do if he was elected … and that’s just what he did. (Reminds me of the little song in “My Fair Lady” when Professor Higgins successfully passes off Eliza as a “lady.” The lyric is “He did it; he did it; he said that he would do it and indeed he did!”)

I am left to wonder why Voight is so outraged that we have left Iraq, thus stopping them from killing our troops and stopping our troops from killing them. Of course if they wish to kill each other, as they obviously do, I fail to see why we should risk the lives of our troops to stop them.

Voight clearly thinks otherwise, as does the governor of Texas. Gov. Perry has clashed with Sen. Rand Paul, claiming Paul is an isolationist because Paul says, “If the Iraqis won’t fight for themselves why should we fight for them.” This is one of the very few sensible things I’ve heard this man say.

Dick Cheney and some of his relatives also accuse Sen. Paul of being an isolationist. Very few people outside Cheney’s family and the Wolfowitz etc. sub-species of chicken hawk agree that we should police the world. I remember some years ago when the question was: “What if we gave a war and nobody came?”

One thing more: Glenn Beck is sending truckloads of warm meals and toys to the thousands of children who are refugees in Texas. Good for him! Naturally he is getting flack from his right-wing colleagues because clearly a teddy bear and a hot supper will just encourage more children to travel up from Honduras.

(Have fun boys!)

  • CathyStripeLester

    As I recall, most conservatives also wanted to get us out of Iraq. It took Dick Cheney to try to talk us back into the mindset of 2002 so we think we HAVE to be in there setting the Iraqis to rights.

  • Bobdisqus

    Wherever the standard of freedom and independence has been
    or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions and her prayers
    be. But she goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the
    well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and
    vindicator only of her own.

    Clearly it was the wrong decision to go in 2003. To go back
    would only be to compound folly upon folly.

    Our heart and prayers may be with the Kurds, the
    blood of our sons & the nations treasure should not be sent to vindicate their liberty. For the rest of Iraq both Shia & the Sunni perhaps they can look to their friends in Saudi Arabia & Iran to secure their liberty.

  • GenePH

    I support Voight’s views. However I don’t support all aging white guys, especially ones just trying to stir the pot.

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