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Republican Looney Tunes

Updated: Mar 8, 2022


An F-22
Trump suggests putting Chinese flag on this F-22 U.S. fighter-bomber and then "bomb the shit out of Russia."

Between Donald Trump, Sen. Lindsey Graham, and a bunch of other Republican crazies, you'd think we were living in Looney Tunes Land rather than in the middle of a crisis that conceivably could end in World War III.


It's enough to make your head spin. Just consider these stories from today's and yesterday's news, all from The Washington Post.


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Trump: Start War Between Russia & China

First, twice impeached former president Donald J. Trump, who only last week said Vladimir Putin was a "genius" for his attack on Ukraine, said Saturday night at a GOP conclave in New Orleans that the U.S. could simply apply Chinese flags to its F-22s and then “bomb the shit out of Russia,"


“And then we say, China did it, we didn’t do it, China did it, and then they start fighting with each other and we sit back and watch,” Trump said, according to a recording obtained by The Washington Post’s Josh Dawsey.


Wow! First Putin is a genius for launching this bloody war that has no rational reason than simply a huge power grab by the man Trump treated so fondly when he was president. Now, Trump conjures up a ridiculous, illegal, stupid plan to disguise U.S. bombers as Chinese, and then attack Russia.


Although designed for air-to-air missiles, the main bay of the F-22 can replace four launchers with two bomb racks that can each carry one 1,000 lb (450 kg) or four 250 lb (110 kg) bombs for a total of 2,000 pounds (910 kg) of air-to-surface ordnance. That sounds nasty.


But the problem is that China does not have F-22s, so one would guess that Russia would figure out the ruse. On top of that, such a tactic would be illegal, although it's clear that simply being illegal isn't enough to stop Trump. And, what, pray tell, would China do in retaliation to the U.S.? Or course, Trump doesn't think that far ahead.


But that's the musing of our former commander-in-chief and the guy who conceivably could be commander-in-chief again. Can't wait for that kind of strategy to be implemented. Makes about as much sense as ingesting Clorox to fight Covid-19.


Lindsey Graham: Assassinate Putin

Now, we come to that brilliant South Carolina statesman, Sen. Lindsey Graham, Trump's boot-licker-in-chief and the same guy who warned in 2016 that Trump was a race-baiting, xenophobic religious bigot and a jackass to boot.


Graham said the Russian people should rise up and assassinate Putin, echoing Fox's Sean Hannity who said we need to “cut the head of the snake off” amid Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. (When is Graham going to have an original idea of his own?)


Brilliant. Putin is jailing people for up to 15 years simply for criticizing his attack on Ukraine. What do you think would happen to a would-be assassin if caught? The punishment, no doubt, would be beyond one's ability to imagine.


Nevertheless, I'm sure there are many Americans who harbor the thought that somebody should, in Graham's words, "take this guy out."


“Is there a Brutus in Russia? Is there a more successful Colonel Stauffenberg in the Russian military?” Graham tweeted, referring to the Roman politician who tried to assassinate Julius Caesar and the German military officer who tried to kill Adolf Hitler.


However, even members of Graham's own party blasted his proposal.


Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said, “This is an exceptionally bad idea. We should not be calling for the assassination of heads of state.”


Even perhaps the most unhinged member of Congress in many years, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), called Graham’s remarks “dangerous” and “unhinged.”


Looney Tunes.


Courage Shown

Meanwhile, some of the saner members of Congress, including some Republicans, are pushing the Biden Administration to ban the importation of Russian oil into the U.S., despite the current spike in inflation and the certain knowledge that such an act would drive prices up even further.


Last week, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced a bill to block the importing of Russian oil and gas, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said she supports a ban.


“The people in my state of West Virginia believe it’s basically foolish for us to keep buying products and giving profit and giving money to Putin to be able to use against the Ukrainian people,” Manchin said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” That's somewhat remarkable considering Manchin's constant worrying about inflation when it comes to various aspects of President Biden's Build Back Better plan. But I digress.


Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) tweeted that he had spoken by phone with Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky who told him that cutting Russia off from the world oil market "would be one of the most powerful sanctions possible."


So, while the likes of Trump and Graham make outrageous statements about "bombing the shit out of Russia" and assassinating Putin, there are saner politicians in Washington actually looking at effective and responsible actions against Putin while demonstrating some political courage.


But, that's not all, folks

A group of Senate Republicans has just sent letters to Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) threatening to delay consideration of an omnibus spending bill that may include emergency aid to Ukraine because of their opposition to vaccine mandates and concern about excessive federal spending.


Who are those suspects?


Signing the first letter complaining about "reckless government spending" contributing to inflation were Republican Sens. Rick Scott (FL), Cynthia M. Lummis (WY), Ted Cruz (TX), Roger Marshall (KS), Marsha Blackburn (TN), Mike Braun (IN), Ron Johnson (WS) and Mike Lee (UT).


Signing the second letter complaining about vaccine mandates were those same senators plus Sens. Rand Paul (KY) and Steve Daines (MT).


Some might say this is just another example of politicians pandering to their voters instead of working on behalf of the entire nation, indeed, the world. To me, it's just looney tunes as usual on Capitol Hill. Why should we expect anything better?



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C J Waldron
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