Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The Left's World War II History Gap

It looks like Barack Obama's disastrous ignorance of European World War II history's turning out to be the big story of the day!

As Allahpundit notes, there are gaffes, and then there are gaffes!!

See it here via

Here's more on Obama's Auschwitz magnitude:

In the annals of the 2008 campaign, Barack Obama's Auschwitz moment may yet become the stuff of legend.

For months, the Republican National Committee, grumbling John McCain staffers and an array of conservative bloggers have tried to label Obama as a serial exaggerator and an heir to Al Gore, who Republicans successfully tarred in 2000 as someone who claimed to have discovered Love Canal and invented the Internet.

It just wasn't sticking.

Now, they think they've
caught him red handed.

Obama didn't mince words in the story of his uncle yesterday in New Mexico. As he spoke of the need to provide combat veterans better health care, especially better mental health care, Obama let loose
a three-Pinocchio doozy:

"I had a uncle who was one of the, who was part of the first American troops to go into Auschwitz and liberate the concentration camps," Obama said, slowly and methodically. "And the story in my family is that when he came home, he just went into the attic, and he didn't leave the house for six months. Alright? Now, obviously something had affected him deeply, but at the time, there just weren't the kinds of facilities to help somebody work through that kind of pain."
That may be a fact, the RNC noted gleefully - but only if Obama's uncle served in the Red Army of Joseph Stalin, which liberated Auschwitz Jan. 27, 1945.

The Obama campaign says the mistake was not as horrific as it might seem. His uncle was there at the liberation of Buchenwald. Obama just confused the names of the concentration camps.
World War II's giving some less prominent lefties fits as well.

Dr. Biobrain, who's a master-of-disaster debating denialist extraordinaire,
noted this about Kevin James's recent appeasement idiocy on the Chris Matthews' show:

This guy's like 45 years old, a lawyer, and a former Assistant U.S. Attorney, and didn't know the first thing about why Neville Chamberlain is infamous. And that's fine. Not everyone is a history buff. Not everyone cares about this stuff. I'm no snob to think that everyone needs to know what I know. But...if you're going to be insisting that somebody is doing "the exact same thing" as Chamberlain, you really should have some sort of fucking clue of what it was that Chamberlain did, beyond "appeasing" Hitler.

...it was obvious that he not only didn't have a clue what Chamberlain did wrong, he didn't even know what the word "appeasement" means. And that's why this is important....

Chris Matthews' point was entirely right, because what Obama is suggesting is NOTHING like what Chamberlain did ... Appeasement means you give in to your enemy's demands in the hope that it satisfies them and they'll be nice.
Isn't that sweet! They'll be nice!

Give Dr. Biobrain a gold star and a happy face sticker! No wait! He even wins the teacher's best-student reward, "Gotcha being good"!!

Maybe old Adolph might like a nice cup of Old Earl Grey! Perhaps a truffle? Maybe then he'll be "nice" and decide not to swallow up Czechoslovakia's industrial heartland and the Sudetenland's strategic buffer zone, the
most protected embattlement of all the peripheral powers in all of Eastern Europe!

We're saved! Peace in our time!

Dr. Biobrain (in addition to being a confused, foul-mouthed post-modern subjectivist) is an Obama alternate delegate (
last I heard) ... so, hey, perhaps he might land a patronage post at Foggy Bottom next January?

Undersecretary for State for Arms Control? Yo, Mahmoud! About those operational nuclear enrichment or reprocessing facilities ... bro, you can have 'em ... we just want you to be happy! Weehh!!