Barney Frank is one of the most overrated “intellects” in this town. He could only be considered “smart” when compared to his Congressional colleagues. Not for nothing do they have a ten percent fan rating. Barney recently said that “the Iraqis” want us out of their country, but Jay Nordlinger spoke to an Iraqi military officer: “You should have met the Iraqi colonel who said, if we Americans leave too soon, we will turn over the country to al-Qaeda and Iran — and people like him will have to flee for their lives.”
But Barney, and his man Obama, really don’t give a damn about such Iraqis (which is to say, MOST Iraqis); they’re all about punishing America. Nor, apparently, do Obama’s many minions. When Hitchens, who once actually accused me of mass murder, belched up his pathetic endorsement of the Messiah, all he could say about his man’s foreign policy was “the Obama-Biden ticket is not a capitulationist one, even if it does accept the support of the surrender faction.” Which is kind of like saying that all the calls for “negotiations” with Iran are simply catering to the idiots who support him, and leaves you with a choice between two unpleasant explanations: either Obama believes it (which would make him a dreadful Commander-in-Chief), or he doesn’t (which would make him an embarrassing panderer, with no reason to think he’d change in office).
On the other hand, you have to wonder just how stupid Barney is. After all, he’s one of the major culprits in the financial crisis, and yet not only does nobody really lay a glove on him, but mostly he gets praise as some sort of wizard. Getting away with idiocies like “the Iraqi people want us out” is nothing compared to that.