A Congressional junket to America’s Middle East hotspots has a certain Republican congressman showing his ass. Dana Rohrabacher, R-CA,
cited the rebel refusal to issue a commitment to repay the United States for the military mission against the regime of Libyan Col. Moammar Gadhafi. Rohrabacher, a leading Republican, was part of a delegation of six House members who met rebels in Libya earlier this month.
This would be the Libyan rebel movement that’s scrounging for cash, of course. Such idiocy fits the pattern of Rohrabacher’s Stupid™ and resonates with the age of tea party ascendance, too: hey guys, after you do all the dying we want you to compensate us for our help. If that seems a half-step away from Donald Trump’s line about taking Iraqi oil, it’s because Rohrabacher showed his ass in Iraq, too:
The suggestion by a California congressman that Iraq repay the United States for the money it has spent in the country has stirred outrage, with an Iraqi lawmaker ridiculing the idea as “stupid” and others saying Iraqis should be compensated for the hardships they’ve endured.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican from Huntington Beach (Orange County), suggested during a trip to Baghdad with fellow lawmakers Friday that once Iraq becomes a rich and prosperous country, it could repay the United States.
Trump could only step up onto a “possible” campaign platform because the GOP has come so far down in the last few years. Elected at the tail end of the Reagan revolution, Rohrabacher is the template of a dumbed-down, proudly-ignorant conservatism that eventually became the tea party. Their idiocracy begins at the water’s edge, for they are culture warriors. Like bullies taking lunch money, they wear a tough exterior to mask a craven cowardice.