25 August 2012

Alan Caruba: Basically just publishes whatever he finds in his inbox

Today's column by Alan Caruba is a glorious example of the fact-free nonsense that he thoughtlessly repeats:
If you want to know how President Obama feels about the U.S. military, consider that in all the years since D-Day 1945 there have been three occasions when a President failed to go to the D-Day Monument that honors the soldiers killed during the Invasion.
The occasions were:
1. Barack Obama 2010
2. Barack Obama 2011
3. Barack Obama 2012

For the past 68 years, all Presidents, except Obama, have paid tribute to the fallen soldiers killed on D-Day. This year, instead of honoring the soldiers, he made a campaign trip on Air Force 1 to California to raise funds for his reelection.
Fifteen seconds after I read this, I found the relevant page on Snopes:
This item claiming that President Barack Obama is the only U.S. President who has "failed to go to the D-Day Monument" on the anniversary of that event is a bit ambiguous, but by any reasonable interpretation it's far from accurate.
Now, it's quite a triumph for a columnist to lead with an easily-disproven "fact" they've culled from an email forward. But Caruba's not content to have simply one ridiculous claim. He also goes on to declare that Obama's poor military policy stems from an unwillingness to leave Iraq and Afghanistan "destroyed with sufficient devastation as to never contemplate attacking us or our allies again." His counter-examples? Germany, Japan, and Vietnam!
World War Two was a success because both Germany and Japan were required to sign instruments of unconditional surrender. Both nations are now our allies. Even Vietnam where the U.S. blundered into a civil war and was ultimately forced to withdraw now has normalized diplomatic relations and welcomes U.S. investment.
Ah, yes, that noted military triumph of Vietnam.

The crazy thing, of course, is that Caruba seems to be demanding that we send in a huge number of additional troops, fighting the insurgency until Al'Qaida is willing to sign an unconditional peace treaty. The fact that the enemy is not a sovereign nation does not appear to have occurred to him.

From there, Caruba goes off into his usual tizzy about biofuels, drilling, and the repetition of ludicrous lies ("The exception to the long engagement in the Middle East was the successful killing of Osama bin Laden, but even that was tarnished by a President who took full credit for it"). It's all pretty embarrassing.

Remember, folks, if you want to get your right-wing email forwards published in a syndicated column, just send them right on over to Alan Caruba.

Caruba's defense for the laughable falsehood at the beginning of the column:
The reference is a METAPHOR and Snopes is frequently said to be owned by George Soros or an association.

What MATTERS are the facts of the commentary as regards the state of our military.
This blatant lie is just a metaphor and why can't you people understand that?!

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