The Hill reported on radical leftist group CODEPINK praising Trump’s performance “during the GOP debate Saturday night when he called the Iraq War a mistake and accused the George W. Bush administration of lying before the invasion.”
I’ve said Trump was wrong with his comments. In fact, I’ve written detailed analyses (on multiple occasions) that show Iraq did have WMD and that the U.S. didn’t lie its way to war. But the pieces never generated much traffic. And the conservative movement has never been all that interested in proving this to the American people. For better or for worse, people aren’t interested in detailed analyses that show the truth about Iraq and WMD.
Where were conservatives in fighting the lie that Iraq didn't have WMD & that US lied its way into war--I mean before Trump came along?— Paul Hair (@PaulHair1) February 15, 2016
#Trump is wrong about Iraq--but conservatives enabled that lie & Trump is working with the reality they created. https://t.co/kF34uk6AT4— Paul Hair (@PaulHair1) February 15, 2016
In fact, generally speaking, conservatives spent much of the George W. Bush administration and then all of the Obama administration remaining silent or impotent in the face of leftist attacks that smeared the U.S. and undermined its war in Iraq. Eventually the left got what it wanted: U.S. defeat. This silence and impotence also allowed the left to rewrite history—so much so that it isn’t even uncommon to find conservatives who say essentially the same thing about the Iraq War that Trump said during the weekend debate. Read what these people said at National Review Online in 2014. Some openly identify as conservatives.
Trump just blamed the last Republican president for WTC attacks and lying on WMD in Iraq. He's Nancy Pelosi. https://t.co/m1k5zv9V77— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) February 14, 2016
So conservative complaints about lying about the Iraq War ring a bit hollow to me.
But it gets even worse.
Conservatives praised communist and terrorist Nelson Mandela in 2013 after he died. Mandela was an evil man whose legacy is the genocide of white people in South Africa. And oh yeah, Mandela condemned the Iraq War and the U.S. in general.
It wasn’t just a handful of Republicans or conservatives either; it was a lot of them. Here are just a sample of Republican senators alone who praised this monster: Senator John McCain, Senator Richard Burr, Senator Thad Cochran, Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Deb Fischer, Senator Jeff Flake, Senator Johnny Isakson, Senator Tim Scott, Senator John Thune, and Senator Roger Wicker.
I’m sure there will be those who will trot out the but-they’re-RINOs or but-they’re-CINOs excuse. I won’t go through each senator and debate his Republican or conservative credentials but I will point out that Ted Cruz is the golden boy of the moment for conservatives. So any RINO or CINO excuses fall flat.
In fact, Cruz didn’t just issue glowing praise for the monster Nelson Mandela, he went to Africa to attend the Iraq War-opposing, anti-American, communist, black supremacist’s memorial service.
This horrific behavior by U.S. leaders gets even worse when you consider that Mandela was a torturer. Many of the same U.S. leaders who praised Mandela falsely accused and condemned U.S. troops and personnel for torture.
And in a bit of irony, as top conservatives and Republicans joined Democrats in praising the subhuman Mandela, it was radical leftists who did the best job of reminding the world who Mandela really was.
For instance, the Daily Beast wrote this on Mandela.
In the 1980s, Ronald Reagan placed Mandela’s African National Congress on America’s official list of “terrorist” groups. In 1985, then-Congressman Dick Cheney voted against a resolution urging that he be released from jail. In 2004, after Mandela criticized the Iraq War, an article in National Review said his “vicious anti-Americanism and support for Saddam Hussein should come as no surprise, given his longstanding dedication to communism and praise for terrorists.” As late as 2008, the ANC remained on America’s terrorism watch list, thus requiring the 89-year-old Mandela to receive a special waiver from the secretary of State to visit the U.S.
From their perspective, Mandela’s critics were right to distrust him. They called him a “terrorist” because he had waged armed resistance to apartheid. They called him a “communist” because the Soviet Union was the ANC’s chief external benefactor and the South African Communist Party was among its closest domestic allies. More fundamentally, what Mandela’s American detractors understood is that he considered himself an opponent, not an ally, of American power. And that’s exactly what Mandela’s American admirers must remember now.
And it wasn’t just politicians praising the anti-Iraq War, communist terrorist. Conservative pundits did too. Not all of them, of course. Andrew McCarthy did a pretty good job of denouncing the monster. But as he notes: “Still, while high-wattage fawning was to be expected in the mainstream media, the conservative press, too, tripped over itself to praise Mandela. That was disheartening.”
I cite Ben Shapiro as one example of a conservative praising Mandela since it was Mr. Shapiro who made the tweet about Trump being Pelosi. Mr. Shapiro might be right about Trump being Pelosi, but then again, so are many others on the right. And when it comes to Nelson Mandela, Mr. Shapiro is essentially Nancy Pelosi.
I had thought Mr. Shapiro was going to show who Mandela really was when I saw his 2013 column was titled, “Nelson Mandela and the Dangers of Deification.” But I was wrong. Mr. Shapiro rightly identifies some of Mandela’s evils but then swerves into offering him praise.
But the truth about Mandela is somewhat more shaded. He will be remembered for his magnificent legacy of racial unification in the aftermath of his release from prison in 1990. Mandela’s critics worried, not unreasonably, that the committed leader of the African National Congress could lead a race war in revenge for the horrors of apartheid. Instead, Mandela took the leadership of his country with an open hand, and in the process, set a global example of forgiveness on both a personal and national stage.
But Mandela was also a terrorist leader associated with the Communist Party during his early career. His ANC was responsible for violence and murder against both military and civilian targets. During his prison term, his wife Winnie became famous for allegedly using “necklaces” – oil-soaked tires set aflame and placed around the heads of opponents. (They later divorced.) He remained close with Cuban dictator Fidel Castro (“Long live the Cuban revolution. Long live comrade Fidel Castro”), personally supported Libyan thug Moammar Gadhafi (“It is our duty to give support to the brother leader”), sold tanks to the Syrians and backed the terrorist Palestinian regime of Yasser Arafat (“There are many similarities between our struggle and that of the PLO”). Mandela said: “If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care for human beings.” . . .
This is the problem with our “good person” versus “evil person” view of history. Most of us, in our daily lives, say that someone is “good” when we mean that he is more likely than not to take a good action; we say that someone is “evil” when he is more likely than not to embrace the evil position. But in the Vaseline-covered lens of the media camera, every “good” person becomes a perfect person. The truth is more nuanced: Mandela did some incredible things, and he did some terrible things. The overall analysis of his life will weigh his largest and most important choice as the heaviest, as it should. But that should not mean that all of his sins become virtues, just as for his detractors, all of his virtues should not become sins.
There is nothing honorable about finding “nuance” in Nelson Mandela. He did not exist in shades of grey. He was evil and any attempt to say otherwise is wrong.
And did you catch that part about Mr. Shapiro saying Mandela brought “racial unification” after the “horrors of apartheid”? Nonsense. Mandela and his ANC legacy are responsible for the genocide of white people that is happening in South Africa. Here is National Review in 2015 on what is occurring.
Before the end of apartheid, South African writer Ilana Mercer moved, with her family, to Israel; her father was a vocal opponent of apartheid, and was being harassed by South African security forces. A 2013 piece on World Net Daily quotes Mercer as saying, with all her anti-apartheid chops, that “more people are murdered in one week under African rule than died under detention of the Afrikaner government over the course of roughly four decades.” The South African government estimates that there are 31 murders per 100,000 people per year. Or about 50 a day. That would make South Africa the tenth most murderous country in the world, outpacing Rwanda, Mexico, and both Sudans. And that’s using South Africa’s official estimates — outside groups put the murder rate 100 percent higher. Choosing not to trust the South African authorities is a safe bet — South Africa’s government, which has been led by Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress since the end of apartheid, is outstandingly incompetent and corrupt. . . .
According to Genocide Watch, the murder rate among South African white farmers is four times higher than among South Africans en masse. That rate increased every month after President Zuma sang his song, for as long as accurate records are available: The police have been ordered to stop reporting murders by race. The police have also disarmed and disbanded groups of farmer-minutemen, organized to provide mutual security. Consequently, says Genocide Watch, “their families” have been “subjected to murder, rape, mutilation and torture.” Meanwhile, “high-ranking ANC government officials . . . continuously refer to Whites as ‘settlers.’”
Go ahead and hate Trump all you want and support whichever candidate you want for president. I don’t care. But don’t bother crying to me about his wrong comments about the Iraq War. Republicans and conservatives stayed silent (or were impotent) when leftists first caused the U.S. to lose the Iraq War and then rewrote the history around it.
On top of that, Republicans and conservatives had the gall to praise the anti-Iraq War, anti-American, communist, anti-white, black supremacist Nelson Mandela—a monster of unspeakable evil.