When it comes to Republicans, they’re nothing if not predictable. Since the days of Ronald Reagan their polices from top to bottom have essentially remained the same – though socially they’ve definitely shifted to the far right. They’re essentially a broken record of propaganda and nonsense.
And over the last six years, when it comes to President Obama, they’ve essentially had two strategies:
- Oppose everything he supports.
- Blame him for anything negative.
Hell, they’re even trying to blame the chaos in Iraq on him – even though it was George W. Bush who signed the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with the Iraqi government requiring all U.S. troops had to be out of Iraq by 2009.
Well, John Boehner took it to a whole other disgusting level yesterday on Twitter when he essentially said that a woman’s son died for nothing since Ramadi has now fallen into the hands of ISIS:
— Speaker John Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) May 19, 2015
The story he linked is about a mother who wrote a very angry letter to General Martin Dempsey after he said that losing the Iraqi city wouldn’t be a huge setback in the fight against ISIS. The reason why his comments were so upsetting is because her son, Navy Seal Marc Alan Lee, died in Ramadi fighting in the Iraq War. She took these remarks as General Dempsey basically saying people like her son died for nothing.
I understand her grief and anger, but I feel that in this case it’s misguided. She’s upset that Ramadi felt into ISiS’s hands, but what’s her solution? To send more sons, daughters, mothers and fathers there to possibly die as well? Instead of being upset at those who are handling the ISIS uprising now, her anger should really be directed at those who sent her son (along with over 4,400 other Americans) to die in Iraq in a war based on lies.
But I felt Boehner’s tweet was completely inappropriate and flat-out deplorable. He’s using this woman’s tragic loss as a way to take a cheap shot at the president, insinuating that it’s his fault that her son died in a city now controlled by Islamic radicals. The truth is, it was Bush’s agreement with the Iraqi government – and Iraq’s desire to rid themselves of the American military – which is what ultimately led to the Middle Eastern nation spiraling into the chaos that we’re currently witnessing.
So, I guess Boehner feels more Americans need to die to avenge the death of her son? Apparently he feels that other mothers, fathers, sons and daughters should experience what it’s like to write similar letters in the future as they grieve the loss of a loved one? Is that the House Speaker’s “solution” to this?
That’s what it seems like to me.
But what this ultimately shows is that there really aren’t any depths to which Republicans will not stoop to levy some kind of petty partisan attack on President Obama – even if that means exploiting the tragic death of someone’s son.
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