Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Fred Thompson's Body Count Recount
I love this feature in the WaPo wherein a presidential candidate is awarded a certain number of "pinocchios" for statements of dubious veracity. The link below takes you to the article discussing the following rather grandiose statement by Fred Thompson:
"You know, you look back over our history, and it doesn't take you long to realize that our people have shed more blood for other people's liberty than any other combination of nations in the history of the world.'' Stump speech in Des Moines, Sept. 7
The article does a better job than I can of taking this ridiculous statement apart and consigning it to the Jingoism Trash Can where it belongs. It simply begs the question of why such a remark was even necessary to make. Any WWII veterans in the audience would already have known that Russia and Britain lost MILLIONS of people in two world wars. And why does it have to be about numbers? Isn't it patriotic enough to say that, when called upon, the US military answers that call--honorably--regardless of nation? Perhaps Thompson is trying to be Reaganesque? You know, making offhanded "everybody knows it's true even though it's really baseless" assertions?