Nice. Iran shoots down a passenger plane because its military forces are incompetent, and he blames President Trump.
The now apparent roles of the Democratic Presidential hopefuls, just to be clear:
Senator Warren is the demagogue.
Senator Sanders is the Communist.
Joe Biden is the sputtering, over-the-hill boob.
Andrew Yang is the eccentric gadfly.
Tom Steyer is arrogant rich guy.
Amy Klobuchar is the moderate by comparison only.
And Buttigieg is…what exactly? What do you call someone who will go so far to pander to Trump haters that he will tweet utter, illogical nonsense like that?
Iran killed an American citizen and engineered an attack on American property. Retaliating for that wasn’t “unnecessary,” it was essential. Killing the terrorist Soleimani was self-defense, not tit-for-tat.
The Iranian missile attack, however, was tit-for-tat, and obviously unnecessary, especially because it did minimal damage, except to 160 Ukrainians. Some suspect the attack was intentionally toothless.
The various angry and mocking responses to Buttigieg’s anti-Americanism were all spot on:
Sen. Ted Cruz: “Uh, Pete, they weren’t ‘caught in the middle.’ They were shot down BY IRAN. Military incompetence by the leading state sponsor of terrorism. Just because Dems hate Trump doesn’t justify false equivalence w/ Iran. Soleimani was a brutal terrorist who killed hundreds of Americans.”
Pundit David French: “Nope. Nope. Nope.Iran launched a missile strike against our own troops, and then blundered by shooting down a civilian airliner when it wasn’t even under attack. That’s the story. This is on Iran.”
Washington Examiner reporter Jerry Dunleavy: “If these reports are true, it means this airliner filled with hundreds of people was shot down by Iran just after Iran fired upon bases housing U.S. soldiers in Iraq. The U.S. did not fire back that night or since. There was no ‘in the middle.’ It was Iran. Iran did this. Period.”
NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck: “If running for president doesn’t work, Mr. Mayor, you should apply to be a host, correspondent, or even president of Iranian state-run @PressTV.”
Federalist co-founder Ben Domenech: “Well, there goes you being a serious person.”
Washington Examiner editor Jay Caruso: “Have you lost your mind?”
National security commentator and analyst John Noonan: “Iran launches a ballistic missile salvo at Iraq. It fails to shut down its airspace during this attack. As it is attacking, incompetence by Iranian air-defense artillery leads to an IFF misidentification. In their confusion, they kill an airliner. So this is America’s fault.”
Conservative blogger Jim Treacher: “A candidate for president of the United States just blamed the United States for Iran shooting down a commercial airliner and killing dozens of civilians. Buttigieg could’ve just expressed his condolences. He could’ve said nothing at all. Instead, he decided to blame his own country for the actions of one of its enemies. That was his instinct. It’s not really a surprise, but it’s informative to have documented proof of it.”
Iran did this. It’s Iran’s fault. But Dems can’t say so because everything has to be Trump’s fault.
“Country over party.” Ha!
Is this the sort of wisdom we could expect from a President Buttigieg?
Oddly, no mainstream, as in Democratic party allied, pundits or journalists, have made similar comments about Buttigieg’s despicable tweet. Well, not so oddly, because they have no integrity. Something that bad shouldn’t require partisan bias to condemn. It is objectively wrong…and Buttigieg, unless he isn’t as smart as his credentials indicate, knows exactly why it’s wrong.
That kind of vile tweet, appealing to the worst in his party’s worst supporters, is signature significance for some kind of bad character, but which kind? I’m torn.
I’m in a polling mood today, so help me out. We will rule out idiot: I’l stipulate that Buttigieg knew exactly how stupid his statement was, but was betting on either appealing to the dumb and ignorant, or making readers more dumb and ignorant than they already were.
Full disclosure: I really distrust and dislike this guy.
Here’s your poll…