Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The nothing matters administration

When everybody is finished with the United Airlines outrage, we're about to be on to a cycle of reaction to this nugget from Sean Spicer.
(CNN)White House press secretary Sean Spicer, in an effort to shame Russia's alliance with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his use of chemical weapons, said Tuesday Adolf Hitler "didn't even sink to using chemical weapons" during World War II.

While Hitler did not use chemical weapons on the battlefield, Hitler and the Nazis used gas chambers to exterminate Jews, disabled people and others.
Spicer, asked for a clarification by a reporter about the comments that Hitler did not use chemical weapons, said: "I think when you come to sarin gas, he was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing."
Expect many words to be written and hours of cable news talk to be filled. But all that's happening here is the Trump Administration, like every administration before it is invoking the permanent US foreign policy doctrine of whoever we are trying to bomb or invade this week is, by definition, "worse than Hitler." They're just phrasing it in a stupid and unsophisticated way.. which is how they do everything they do. The fact that they put so little thought into stuff like this is precisely what their supporters like about them. But, essentially, it's just a continuance of longstanding policy. 

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