Louie Gohmert: American Deaths in Afghanistan Prove Obama Doesn’t Want to Protect Our Troops

louie-gohmertTexas Representative Louie Gohmert has made a name for himself as someone who isn’t afraid to spew nonsense so obscure and non-traditional that it’s hard for most Americans to mentally grasp what he’s actually saying.

In other words, he’s said a lot of really stupid things.

His most recent verbal dumping of stupidity came as a guest on the radio broadcast WallBuilders Live, hosted by David Barton and Rick Green.

And while the two hosts played Gohmert up as the voice of “common sense” in Washington, he quickly proved just how little common sense he has when he claimed that “we’re battling an administration that is determined to keep our military from being able to defend themselves properly,” using the increase in deaths in Afghanistan as “proof” of this.

Gohmert said:

“Look at the fact that even though this Commander in Chief has only been in command of the battle in Afghanistan for five and a quarter years where Bush was about seven and a quarter, President Bush was commander when there was really quite a war and there were 625 precious American lives that were taken in that seven and a quarter years. President Obama comes in and he’s trying to wind things up, wrap things up but people end up being killed in his five and a quarter years – going back, halfway through May – it was 1,628; so over a thousand more deaths under Commander Obama than there were under Commander Bush in Afghanistan. There are many times more seriously wounded military members under Obama than there were under Bush, so this is serious stuff.”

I can’t help but notice how he left out the nearly 4,500 American deaths we saw in Iraq during Bush’s presidency.

It’s just astounding.  He’s honestly trying to use the deaths in Afghanistan to paint Obama as someone who doesn’t care about the safety of our troops, and Bush as someone who did, while completely omitting the nearly 4,500 Americans who died in Iraq based on Bush’s lies and incompetence.  

He also seems to have forgotten when the war in Iraq started, our military dealt with a lot of vehicles that weren’t properly armored to handle IED’s, resulting in many American troops being severely wounded or killed.

And what he also doesn’t mention is that Obama campaigned on increasing troop numbers in Afghanistan to refocus our efforts in the country that Bush had neglected for years.  You know, like locating and killing the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks, Osama bin Ladin.  Which is exactly what President Obama did and Bush could never do.

But it’s absolutely absurd that he sat there trying to claim that President Obama doesn’t care about our military due to an increase in deaths in Afghanistan since he’s been president.  All while seemingly trying to paint George W. Bush as this superior commander, while completely ignoring an entire other war (and the 4,500 deaths) for which the Bush administration was solely responsible.

I would say Gohmert suffers from a severe case of revisionist history, but that would be giving him too much credit.  The man’s just a bonafide liar, an idiot and an embarrassment to this country.


Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Mrs_oatmeal

    And from Texas! Where everything is bigger, including the lies and stupidity!

  • surfjac

    “You know, like locating and killing the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks, Osama bin Ladin. Which is exactly what President Obama did and Bush could never do.”
    I don’t believe for one second that if bush was serious about anything he said about Afghanistan, he COULD have done all of it but there was no will because his handlers and puppetmasters wanted perpetual war to keep them in enough money they could buy G.I. Joe with the kung fu grip for their children and make love to their wives. They wouldn’t be able to do that without being filthy, filthy rich could they?

  • Eg Kbbs

    Guys. Has Obama gotten Halliburton more no-bid contracts (allowing Halliburton to make 40 billion on the invasions ? Has Halliburton under Obama made more showers with electric cords connected to the drains ? Just looking at the $40 billion for Halliburton, Bush/Cheney were way more effective in Iraq. QED. /snark.

  • Steve Temke

    I think everyone has a Louie Gohmert in their family. I know I do.

    He’s that uncle who worked a union job his whole life, but now that he’s retired wants to get rid of them because FOX News said they should.

    He’s the one who owns more guns than number of people in his house, but is against any form of gun control because “Obama’s coming for my guns.”

    He’s the uncle who threw out his gay son because the church he attends a couple of times a year told him to.

    He’s the one who can’t answer one question about a candidate’s position on any issue, but will pull the lever for anybody with an “R” after their name.

    He’s the one who is living on Social Security and Medicare, but thinks it’s shameful for anyone else to take assistance from the government.

    He’s the one who wouldn’t see a problem with his Christian church influencing his state or country’s laws, but would absolutely have a stroke if a Muslim or Buddhist wanted to do the same thing.

    I’ve got an uncle like that. Do you?

    • Paul Julian Gould

      No, but I do have an ex-wife like that, so I think that counts.

  • labman57

    Casualties in a war zone. Why, it’s unprecedented!

  • Stephen Barlow

    There was no ‘surge’ in AfPak in the Bush years. And the doubling of American military forces can account for the nearly equivalent #’s. Both surges FAILED and considering the WAR itself was NEVER designed to be a victory…

    I think 7000 dead is CHEAP for a $2 Trillion adventure in Madness.