Yesterday, Mel took Peter Wehner to task for writing a hit-piece about Governor Palin, while also defending domestic spying by the NSA. Like Wehner, Max Boot is a relic of the Bush years and a fellow contributor over at Commentary. In response to Wehner’s NSA/Obama Administration support article, Boot wrote:
Pete Wehner has rightly called out Sarah Palin for claiming that the US is “becoming a totalitarian surveillance state.” That is not her only mindless and stupid comment of late. She also had this to say Saturday about the terrible conflict in Syria:
I say until we know what we’re doing, until we have a commander in chief who knows what he’s doing, well, let these radical Islamic countries who aren’t even respecting basic human rights, where both sides are slaughtering each other as they scream over an arbitrary red line, ‘Allah Akbar,’ I say until we have someone who knows what they’re doing, I say let Allah sort it out.”
To any thinking person, Governor Palin was clearly taking a non-interventionist stance with regards to Syria. It’s not that I believe that Boot is an idiot, I don’t. To understand why Boot would write this response is to understand what he is.
Quite frankly, he’s a neoconservative who has never heard of a war he didn’t think our country should be involved in, thus a supporter of the U.S. getting wrapped up in this latest hotspot of the Middle East. Boot was a big proponent of Bush’s wars, he pushed for intervention in Libya in 2011, and you better believe he’s on Team McCain/Obama with the latest fighting in Syria. So, a prominent Conservative like Governor Palin, standing with 70% of Americans against U.S. intervention in Syria, just gets under his skin. He continues:
This is both offensive and puzzling. Start with puzzling: She claims that Syrians are fighting over a “red line.” Perhaps she’s confusing it with the Green Line that once divided Christian Beirut from Muslim Beirut during the Lebanese Civil War? In Syria the only “red line” is the imaginary one that Obama drew to discourage Bashar Assad from using chemical weapons.
What a bunch of crap. She wasn’t “confusing” colored lines, she was making a point about picking sides in another country’s civil war where we have no allies. But I guess arming Christian-slaughtering, Al Qaeda-aligned guerrillas is all the rage with the neocons these days. Boot goes on:
Now to the offensive: Palin is expressing indifference to the slaughter of more than 90,000 people in Syria because most of them happen to be Muslims. This is merely confirming the worst stereotypes in the Muslim world about the West.
Actually, I would argue that droning villages confirms “the worst stereotypes in the Muslim world about the West,” but who are either of us to say? And furthermore, Governor Palin wasn’t “expressing indifference” about 90,000 people being killed in Syria. She was saying that we have no business getting involved in that conflict given the shape our country is in, with the current Commander in Chief we have, considering we have no friends in that country. There is no good outcome for America there. Yet Boot’s piece gets worse:
What makes her comment even more appalling is that Palin is echoing, consciously or not, a statement of great inhumanity uttered in the course of Christianity’s internecine wars. The phrase she is alluding to is “Kill them all. God will recognize his own”–supposedly uttered in the 13th century by a French monk accompanying an army of Crusaders who were attacking a town in southern France where a heretical Christian sect known as the Cathars was based. One of the Crusader soldiers asked the monk, Arnaud Amalric, how to sort out Cathars from Catholics. This was the chilling reply he got, at least according to legend. The result was a massacre in which the pope’s army killed at least 20,000 people, including women and children.
Is this a precedent Palin endorses–or thinks is applicable in modern-day Syria? Or–the charitable explanation–is she simply mindlessly nattering on without knowing what she is talking about?
This guy gives his readers two options… One, Governor Palin is either a heartless zealot, channeling a 13th century monk urging someone (I don’t know who) to “kill them all.” Or, she’s just stupid and doesn’t understand what she’s talking about…. That’s a false choice, and now the 1,000th time an establishment republican has recycled a phony leftist narrative against Governor Palin. Not very original, Max.
It’s insane to me that people like Max Boot, a man who never served one day in the military, spends his life pushing others into war. He and his ilk always cite “humanitarian reasons” as justification to get the U.S. involved in conflicts around the globe. Tell me, what is humanitarian about supplying weapons to terrorists? What is humanitarian about wasting untold tax dollars on this, considering that the national debt now stands at almost $17 trillion dollars? We’re hurting. Americans are tired of getting involved in wars that have nothing to do with us. We’re tired of making enemies, and we’re sick of arming the ones we already have. We’re the ones who pay the price of war, not the Max Boots of the world. Getting involved in Syria is a bad decision for our country, and Governor Palin was absolutely correct when she said “let Allah sort IT out.” We have no business sorting anything in Syria.