The news this morning should be joyous with regard to the release of the two U.S. journalists from North Korea. Instead, in an on-going example of just how screwed up our country has become, the Right is contorting itself to find any way to cast a negative hue over this positive event.
I knew what they’d try from the moment this event happened. However, one such foray is noteworthy. Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton is hitting the media circle to tell people why this is such a bad result and how it just helps North Korea.
One of the comments he’s made is as follows:
“While the United States is properly concerned whenever its citizens are abused or held hostage, efforts to protect them should not create potentially greater risks for other Americans in the future.“
Efforts to protect them should not create potentially greater risks for other Americans in the future??? Is this guy smoking crack? Has he forgotten the very actions he supported during the George W. Bush administration? How can he say this while, on the other hand, support our “enhanced torture techniques”, our occupation of foreign countries and so forth? This is lunacy.
I think what we’re seeing now is the disintegration of the Republican party up close and personal. I also think we’re seeing a fracturing of both parties. The Democrats have grown to the point of no longer being cohesive (Blue Dog Democrats, for example) and that’s probably a good thing. Maybe we can finally end up with a third national party here. I’m perfectly fine with that and with the Republicans being the home of the nutcases. Frankly, if I were a competent, sane Republican at this point I’d be looking for a new party. What the intellectuals of that side are having to support now is just way over the top. If we cannot get together on something as simple as bringing home two American citizens from a backward nation then we’re in real trouble and real need of change.