There is no doubt the killing of four Americans in Benghazi is a tragedy and there should be the required reviews and assessment of the situation to learn what we can, understand what was not done that maybe should have been and to work to reduce the likelihood this will happen again. I say reduce as I expect to take any position that implies there is anything we can do that will prevent these sort of incidents in the future would be stupid and illogical – especially given the temperament of the world today. I would doubt that any ambassador or any staff member in a US embassy in most of the rest of the world recognizes they take the position with some element of risk being evident. Doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do everything we can to protect them but we are not dealing with people or situations where we can anticipate every move and action. There are actions to be taken but to turn this political is unacceptable. This brings me to today’s “Head in the Butt” award.
There was a time where I had a lot of respect and time for John McCain. He was a man who had served his country and a man who appeared to obviously have some standards for which he stood – and he actually seemed to be a pretty nice guy – at least from afar. My naiveté. As he took the national and global stage in his run for President, it quickly became clear that behind the public persona I had seen was someone who was pretty much a jerk, someone who was pretty angry and basically a man who was pretty much a bastard. With his pick of Palin for VP he further showed his inability to understand what was important and the degree of his shortsightedness. To think he could have foisted that half-wit of a governor on this country is unconscionable and the fact he would allow the Republican Party to push that on him puts his leadership ability seriously in question. His recent attacks on Obama and Susan Rice continue to show this is a man who has an ax to grind and again reminds us of the Peter Principle in practice. I can only imagine where this country would be four years later and with the challenges we have faced. But I digress. These most recent McCain political attacks show that he is no different from the rest of his party and he will put politics before country. His grandstanding and his obvious lack of civility brings only one good thing to the forefront – we get to see the newly enthused Barack Obama start to show the muscle and attitude many of us have figured was there and were waiting to see. So on that note, thanks, John. You’re still an asshole but every cloud has a silver lining.
So today, please take a bow and accept the most recent “Head in the Butt” award. In reality, I think it is long overdue.
There was a close runner up but not this time Lindsey. Lindsey Graham, by joining the same chorus with McCain, definitely put himself in contention for the “Head in the Butt” award. Unfortunately, this time around you weren’t quite up to the same level of cluelessness but I have to give you some slack given your area of study in college – one I expect leaves you entirely out of step with many of us but probably more in line (or at least a little ahead) with many of your Republican peers. Your B.A. in Pseudoscience actually implies you have some inkling that science might have some bearing in our lives. I, for one, didn’t know this even existed as a major in any college. It seems somewhat contrary to most of what I would expect from any college curriculum but that could be my shortcoming. For others in my same stead, Pseudoscience is often characterized by the use of vague, exaggerated or unprovable claims, an over-reliance on confirmation rather than rigorous attempts at refutation, a lack of openness to evaluation by other experts, and a general absence of systematic processes to rationally develop theories (Wikipedia). I expect this helps when you want to basically ignore fact and make it up as it meets your need. So, Lindsey, I’m not of the mindset you should get the “Head up the Butt” award but have no issue giving you a runner up prize of the other award of notice – the “Bag of Shit” award seems appropriate given I can’t expect you to look at anything beyond the use of vague and unprovable claims.