|Senator Chris Coons: available|
to repeat even the most inane
talking points without checking.
Here's his quote today as he is one of the few Obama loyalists still stooging for a US strike in Syria:
“I do think we know what the consequences of inaction will be,” Coons said on CNN’s “State of the Union” program. Coons said Assad “will continue to use cluster bombs and scud missiles and chemical weapons to massacre thousands of his own civilians.”Let me count the ways, Senator, in which repeating White House talking points makes you look like a tool:
1. "will continue to use cluster bombs"--Uh, Chris? The US is still using cluster bombs, having refused to sign the convention banning them. If we were to attack Syria for using cluster bombs, we'd also have to attack Aberdeen Proving Ground, the Dahlgren Surface Naval Weapons Testing Center, and a wide array of US military bases abroad.
2. "will continue to use ... scud missiles ... to massacre thousands of his own civilians"--Hello, Chris? The US is currently using drones in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia that have, you know, massacred thousands, including hundreds of children. We just put Bradley Manning in prison--in part--for revealing the details of how we do it.
3. "will continue to use ... chemical weapons"--Hey, Chris!? In any of those confidential briefings you get has anybody ever reminded you that to this day the US continues research into chemical weapons? See, we get around the Chemical Warfare Convention by concentrating (so they tell us) on nonlethal weapons that only cause "nausea, disorganized thinking, and hallucinations," and which may well have serious long-term health impacts on the civilians in the areas where we would use them. Let's also not forget that many researchers have compared the exposure impact of our own depleted uranium munitions (both for our own troops and nearby civilians) to chemical warfare.
Do us all a favor next time and remember that we've already got Joe Biden out embarrassing us on the national stage on a regular basis.
We don't need another uninformed clown urging us into a new war in the Middle East.