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Iran and Bush: Hilariously Twisted Commentary From the Left

Seriously, if George Bush hadn’t existed, the left would have had to invent him in order to have someone to blame the world’s ills on. CBS has republished a piece by Laura Secor that ran in the New Republic and calls Ahmadenijhad Iran’s “George Bush”. (This on the heels of the Bonnie Erbe piece calling for right-wingers to be rounded up before they can hurt anyone.)

Secor’s comparisons are strained at best, and are a rather simple attempt to fit a very round peg in an extremely square hole (no mention of the mullah’s control, which, of course, completely kills the comparison). Apparently Secor pins her premise on this line:

Ahmadinejad has made a mess of the economy, clamped down on political dissent and social freedoms, militarized the state, and earned the enmity of much of the world.

And in Secor’s world, that essentially makes Ahmadinejhad and Bush twins.

Of course, not to be outdone, “conservative” Andrew Sullivan manages to find even more parallels to the Bush years. If you think Secor’s attempt is strained, you’ll howl when you read Sullivan’s:

Ahmadinejad’s bag of tricks is eerily like that of Karl Rove – the constant use of fear, the exploitation of religion, the demonization of liberals, the deployment of Potemkin symbolism like Sarah Palin.

But, of course, as you recall from yesterday, Steve Benen was all upset that some were trying to pin this all on Obama. Today Benen is in league with Secor and Sullivan.

As an interesting aside, an article mostly ignored by the left has a fairly interesting take on the Bush era in the middle east. And by none other than Thomas Friedman. Even though he can’t bring himself to describe what has happened in complimentary terms, he finds he must give some credit where credit is due:

There are a million things to hate about President Bush’s costly and wrenching wars. But the fact is, in ousting Saddam in Iraq in 2003 and mobilizing the U.N. to push Syria out of Lebanon in 2005, he opened space for real democratic politics that had not existed in Iraq or Lebanon for decades. “Bush had a simple idea, that the Arabs could be democratic, and at that particular moment simple ideas were what was needed, even if he was disingenuous,” said Michael Young, the opinion editor of The Beirut Daily Star. “It was bolstered by the presence of a U.S. Army in the center of the Middle East. It created a sense that change was possible, that things did not always have to be as they were.”

In Benen’s piece today, he ends up calling Ari Fleisher a “shameless hack” (as if Benen has any room to call anyone else a “hack”) for essentially saying the very same thing Friedman said. Apparently, Benen and the left are content to believe in the fantasy that it was more likely the “Cairo speech” that determined the results in Lebanon and spurred the protest vote in Iran – because we all know that movements such as those are easily developed within a week of someone like Obama speaking.

Funny stuff.

~McQ

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7 Responses to Iran and Bush: Hilariously Twisted Commentary From the Left

  • Ahmadinejad has made a mess of the economy, clamped down on political dissent and social freedoms, militarized the state, and earned the enmity of much of the world.

    And in Secor’s world, that essentially makes Ahmadinejhad and Bush twins

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    I always love hearing the left with that “Bush clamped down on dissent” mantra. You’d think he was shipping people away to camps the way they screech. These people have zero idea what real oppression really is. Their idea of being oppressed is if the GOP uses a parlimentary trick to stall legislation.

    Children. Pathetic children. The scope of their vision is limited to what they can grab with their hands. Such lack of perspective makes for dangerously stupid people.

    • shark – Their idea of being oppressed is if the GOP uses a parlimentary trick to stall legislation.

      Pfft! The left starts screaming “oppression” when somebody merely disagress with them.

  • So, I guess that means that Our Dear Leader™ is another Chavez, or Castro, or Kim Jong Illness.

    And this makes VP Joe “Wait, My Foot is Stuck in My Mouf” Biden…who, again? Howdy Doody?

    Just comparing, you know! (wink, wink)

  • Kinda makes ya miss Dan Quayle don’t it?
    Oh, wait, I just reviewed some of his quotes….
     

  • If this is not Obama’s fault, you begin to question if anything will ever be Obama’s fault.
    With that in mind, I propose that Obama appoint George W. Bush as the “Decider Czar.” The “Decider Czar” will make all decisions for the administration leaving Obama free to do the two thing he likes best .. campaign and blame Bush.

  • Talk about disarray …

    Dennis Ross, who most recently served as a special State Department envoy to Iran, will abruptly be relieved of his duties, sources in Washington told Haaretz.

  • RE: “Seriously, if George Bush hadn’t existed, the left would have had to invent him in order to have someone to blame the world’s ills on.”
    I just read this at a site that proclaims their mission as: “Knee-capping Obama at every opportunity.” Y’all are funny as hell.