Congresswoman/Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton demonstrated once again why Democrats should perhaps avoid speaking off the cuff, or at least until they’ve checked their teleprompter. The non-voting member of the House called the “invasion by the United States of America” in Iraq “perhaps the most catastrophic war of the 20th century.” Her comments were made during yesterday’s House Oversight Committee Hearing on Benghazi.
Which concept threw her: “20th,” “century” or “catastrophic”? Did Norton forget about World War I? Her pronouncement may also be news to veterans of World War II and Vietnam. Not to mention the fact that the “20th century” ended on December 31, 2000. The U.S. invaded Iraq in March 2003. Oopsie.
Were these comments an attempt to divert attention from the Obama administration’s ham-handed fumbling and subsequent cover-up of the Benghazi attack? Does Holmes need a refresher in U.S. History 101? Does she need to like her policy so she can keep it? Does the District of Columbia need a representative who can read? Do these comments surprise anyone, coming from a representative of the party that hasn’t had a new idea since Woodrow Wilson?
Thank God Robert E. Lee prevailed at Normandy, or we might all be speaking Japanese! Good thing the Marines landed at Pearl, or we might have been attacked by Hessians! And kudos to General Norman Schwarzkopf for his epic defense of the Bridge at Remagen!
This article also appeared in BuzzPo.