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Burt Pretlusky tries to pack in so many disparate bits of crazy into this piece that I just don’t have the energy to go line-by-line, so I’ll just hit the highlights.  First, he has some hardcore contempt for our Western European allies:

No European nation would want to risk its well-deserved reputation for unenlightened self-interest by ever doing the decent thing.  

You might think there would be some small feeling of obligation to the country that saved Europe from the Nazis in the 1940s and from Soviet domination over the following four decades, but that would be asking the impossible of governments that regard gratitude as an unseemly emotion and confuse arrogance with sophistication. 

For one thing, it’s a little weird to lump all of Europe together like that, even from a conservative perspective.  The UK certainly doubled-down on Bush’s invasion of Iraq, and France, for example, has a center-right president who favors cooperation with America.  

But that aside, does Pretlusky think European nations are bound by gratitude to do whatever the United States says?  For how long?  What exactly are they not doing that we think they should be doing?  He never says. 

Now, compare this bit:

No European nation would want to risk its well-deserved reputation for unenlightened self-interest by ever doing the decent thing. 

With this one:

Speaking of Muslims, about whom Obama, as was the case with Bush, can never say enough nice things, I’d like to know why America has decided to sign on as defenders of the faith.  We went into Kosovo, Kuwait, Iraq and Somalia, to protect people who despise us and want us dead.  For good measure, when a tidal wave hit Indonesia, we sent over a billion dollars in aid.  

He takes the Europeans to task for not being willing to “do the right thing” when it goes against their self-interest, but two paragraphs later, he’s pissed off that we sent aid to tsunami victims.  

It is at such times that one can easily understand why the question about Obama’s  citizenship continues to plague so many people.  Which leads me to admit that I have always been befuddled by the notion of dual-citizenship.  As a concept, it’s illogical.  As a matter of national policy, it’s insane.  What truly confounds me is how it’s possible that dual citizenship is legal, but bigamy isn’t.  

If you’re wondering how Pretlusky got from Europe to tsunami victims to equating dual citizenship with bigamy, well, I have no fucking clue.  It is refreshing to finally see a Big Hollywood contributer willing to do the right thing and call for dual US/Canadian citizen Steven Crowder’s deportation, though.

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Written by dieblucasdie

April 15, 2009 at 11:29 pm

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