Saturday, March 6, 2010

Asshat of the Day - March 6th, 2010

Today's Asshat of the Day? Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
[Ahmadinejad] added: “The Sept. 11 incident was a big fabrication as a pretext for the campaign against terrorism and a prelude for staging an invasion against Afghanistan.” Mr. Ahmadinejad did not elaborate.

I don't deny that the Bush administration made hay of the 2001 attacks, nor that they launched a highly inadvisable war as a result of those attacks. I don't deny that some of the methods and actions taken in the course of this war were/are reprehensible, and denigrated both the United States and its allies.

I do think that the "9/11 was an inside job" people are lunatics. There is no way - no way - that something like this could be kept quiet in today's world. If the government sets out to kill thousands of its own people, cripple its own most powerful financial district and plunge itself into war, enough people will find out that it will leak. Someone will get wind of it, and if they do, or if any of the things in the highly public investigation ever turned up false, it would be all over the news. It would be the story of the decade, if not the century.

And Ahmadinejad, in this case, is just like Kim-Jong Il. He's screaming off-the-wall things in an effort to get the world behind him, when he doesn't really understand how the world outside his own borders thinks. If he were condemning the US for its techniques in prosecuting the War on Terror, while simultaneously allowing that it is necessary to oppose terrorism, he might be listened to. But in spouting off conspiracy theories in an attempt to paint the US administration as Machiavellian monsters, he just comes off as a lunatic.

Oh, and an asshat.

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