Joseph Welch, Thou Shouldst Be Living At This Hour (Hillary Clinton Edition)

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on January 11, 2011

According to the Secretary of State, the manifestly insane Jared Lee Loughner is . . . well . . . read:

In a television broadcast filmed before students in Abu Dhabi, Mrs Clinton was asked why the 9/11 terror attacks, the work of a handful of men, had been allowed to colour American views of a whole people.

She replied that America was “proud” of its many Muslim citizens and public servants, and said that the media exaggerated the voices of those who presented hostile views of the Muslim and Arab worlds.

She then raised the shooting at the weekend of the Arizona Democratic congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords.
“We have extremists in our country,” she said. “A wonderful and incredibly brave young woman congress member was just shot by extremists in our country.

“We have the same kinds of problems, so rather than standing off of each other we should work to try and prevent the extremists wherever they are from being able to commit violence.”

Ascribing the Arizona shootings to political extremism rather than the work of a mentally deranged loner has already proved controversial, and President Barack Obama avoided doing so directly in his address to the American people afterwards.

Mrs Clinton may be taking an even bigger risk in comparing the attack, even obliquely, to al-Qaeda’s war on America.

“Extremists” plural? Um, there appears to have only been one shooter involved; the Arizona police have abandoned their search for a second person. And calling him an “extremist” is bizarre; he is mentally ill. Comparing him “even obliquely” to the 9/11 attackers is even more bizarre, they were homicidal, to be sure, but by all indications, they were of sound mind, knew what they were doing, and made a deliberate, immoral decision, rather than one that was driven by the demons of mental illness.

It may be that the Secretary of State said what she said in order to reassure her audience that she, and the United States knew that not all terrorists are Muslim, just as not all Muslims are terrorists. To be sure, not all terrorists are Muslim, and not all Muslims are terrorists, but the cause of truth is not well-served by Hillary Clinton’s utter and complete mischaracterization of Jared Lee Loughner’s status. Clinton’s statement only serves to further muddle the facts concerning the shooting, and only serves to further demagogue the matter by ascribing the shootings to “extremism,” rather than to a very troubled, very disturbed mind.

Far closer to the realms of reality, Chris Cillizza notes that Loughner was a registered independent (I cannot believe that we are still talking about his politics), and closes his post with the following observation:

Loughner’s decision to affiliate as an independent rather than a Republican or Democrat would seem to affirm the sense that while he targeted Giffords in the attack, it was not a decision born of a set of deeply held political beliefs that fit neatly into either party.

An obvious point that an appalling number of people continue to deliberately try to ignore.

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  • Bandit

    I have never been able to comprehend certain peoples fascination with Mrs. Clinton, who is IMHO a blthering idiot.

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  • Swamp Thing

    I think this is a case of projection – the former Alinsky scholar and affirmed Marxist Hillary Clinton is the only extremist mentioned in this article.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, the number is truly appalling.

  • Animal

    How can anyone possibly be surprised by this, when it comes from the woman who originated the phrase “Vast Right Wing Conspiracy”?

    • Anonymous

      Funny thing is she and Dupnik and other confused folks are part of the Vast Wrong Wing Conspiracy.

  • Anonymous

    Well,why would anybody expect anything different from someone who got where she is by spreading her legs for a low bred serial rapist who can’t tell the truth?

    • Pejman Yousefzadeh

      This is a family weblog. No more of that commentary.

  • Diggs

    She’s been labeled by Progessives as the “smartest woman in the world”.
    In their world, yeah.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t seem to reside in that world. Smartest Woman in the World? First candidate would have to be the woman who managed to snare me as a husband. After her I’m sure there are millions of smarter women before I’d get to a woman who prostituted herself for temporary earthly power or stature.

  • Daneil Sperling

    “Extremists” plural?

    She was probably including Nidal Hasan, James Lee, and William Ayers.

  • Mrs Tom

    Clinton has bee inadequate since the much-touted “smartest woman in the world” gave a “Reset” button to Lvov, the Russian Roreign Minister. Not only did it have the wrong word on it, it had the wrong *alphabet*!!! How hard is it to tell Latin letters (what I’m typing now) from Cyrillic letters? She obviously either (a) had neve looked at the thing in advance; or (b) after eight years as first lady, and a college graduate, couldn’t see the difference. And, more importantly, she had *no* *one* on her staff who could! I cannot begin to imagine either Colin Powell or Condy Rice (Bush’s Secs of State) making such a lackwitted mistake. And then her cackle when it was pointed out to her *by* the Russian Foreign Minister! “Embarrassing” so much doesn’t cover it!

    • Njoriole

      We know Condi Rice would never have made such a mistake, since she can speak and read Russian.

  • Anonymous

    Another way to look at it is she is saying Jihadists are crazy.

  • svg1234

    This is despicable. When will America finally be rid of the Clintons? Is Chelsea to be Governor of NY soon? it’s hard to make the argument that America is a free country when the same families (Bush, Clinton, Cuomo,…) maintain power.

  • Pst314

    Blithering idiot? No, more like shameless liar.
    (Or by “idiot” did you mean “moral cretin”? I can agree with that.)

  • Anonymous

    He’s an extremist in that he’s extremely crazy.

    She (piaps) is an extremist in that she is extremely one sided in her view of political issues.

  • Maaax

    I think you are being unfair to Secretary Clinton, perhaps she was actually saying that Muslim extremists are insane (in the clinical sense).

  • Ted

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