Texas 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.
“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.