Friday, January 19, 2007

Do You Speak Spanish?


On Dec. 5, Newsweek magazine touted an interview with then-incoming House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Rep. Silvestre Reyes as an "exclusive."
And for good reason.

"We Can't Afford to Leave"

As the debate over Iraq intensifies, leading Democrat Silvestre Reyes is calling for the deployment of more U.S. troops.

"In a surprise twist in the debate over Iraq," the story began, Mr. Reyes "said he wants to see an increase of 20,000 to 30,000 U.S. troops as part of a 'stepped up effort to dismantle the militias.' "
"We have to consider the need for additional troops to be in Iraq, to take out the militias and stabilize Iraq," the Texas Democrat said to the surprise of many, "I would say 20,000 to 30,000."

Then came President Bush's expected announcement last week, virtually matching Mr. Reyes' recommendation and argument word-for-word -- albeit the president proposed only 21,500 troops.
Big surprise, hours after Mr. Bush announced his proposal, Mr. Reyes told the El Paso Times that such a troop buildup was unthinkable.
"We don't have the capability to escalate even to this minimum level," he said.

No hypocrisy there...

The chairman's "double-talk" did not go unnoticed. Among others, Rep. Joe Wilson, South Carolina Republican and a member of the House Armed Services Committee, says such blatant "hypocrisy" undermines both national security and the war on terrorism.

Unfortunately for the new House intelligence chief, this is his second (some would argue his third) major blunder in the space of one month. When asked by Congressional Quarterly reporter Jeff Stein whether al Qaeda was a Sunni or Shi'ite organization, he answered: "Predominantly, probably Shi'ite."

New House intelligence chief? And he doesn't know who makes up Al Qaeda?

As Mr. Stein wrote later: "He couldn't have been more wrong. Al Qaeda is profoundly Sunni. If a Shi'ite showed up at an al Qaeda clubhouse, they'd slice his head off and use it for a soccer ball."

The reporter added: "To me, it's like asking about Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland: Who's on what side?"

In the same interview, Mr. Stein had asked Mr. Reyes about the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.

His now-infamous reply: "Hezbollah. Uh, Hezbollah? ... Why do you ask me these questions at 5 o'clock? Can I answer in Spanish? Do you speak Spanish?"

16 Comments:

At 4:41 AM, Blogger Always On Watch Two said...

"Hezbollah. Uh, Hezbollah? ... Why do you ask me these questions at 5 o'clock? Can I answer in Spanish? Do you speak Spanish?"

Ugh! Doesn't that defy belief?

 
At 6:36 AM, Anonymous kevin said...

Sadly, the anti-war strategy has paid off big for the Dems, so expect this mentality to prevail at least until Nov '08.

 
At 7:24 AM, Blogger Urban_Infidel said...

Translation into English:

'We are in power and we have no plan.'

 
At 7:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"uh duh...Hezbollah...I can get one of those at Starbucks can't I?"

 
At 7:30 AM, Blogger Always On Watch Two said...

Urban Infidel has provided an excellent interpretation.

 
At 7:34 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

"We are in power and we have no plan"

It was good enough to get them elected so why change now?

 
At 8:46 AM, Blogger Urban_Infidel said...

AC,

Thanks for asking about our next event.
We do have something in the works. Can't say much now, but it will be a good one!

UI

 
At 9:30 AM, Blogger Gayle said...

ARRRRGH! I don't know how much more I can take, AC! These people have no shame! It's just unbelievable the way they flip-flop around. Reyes needs to go soak his head.

 
At 9:32 AM, Blogger Gayle said...

ARRRRGH! I don't know how much more I can take, AC! These people have no shame! It's just unbelievable the way they flip-flop around. Reyes needs to go soak his head.

 
At 9:33 AM, Blogger Gayle said...

Sorry about the double comment. I had trouble publishing and didn't think the first one took. :(

 
At 9:57 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

lol..No problem

 
At 10:50 AM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

Urban Infidel is right on spot!
have a great weekend AC!

 
At 12:22 PM, Blogger Brooke said...

ODG... We're frickin' screwed.

 
At 1:33 PM, Blogger American Crusader said...

EB...speaking of Starbucks, a Chinese blogger may have effectively removed Starbucks from the Forbidden City.

The outlet is "a symbol of low-end US food culture" and "an insult to Chinese civilization," Rui Chenggang, an anchor at state broadcaster China Central Television, wrote on his personal Web log. The blog has attracted 544,054 hits and thousands of responses in Internet chat rooms since Jan. 12.

 
At 10:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

vellly interrresssting!

 
At 5:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Hezbollah. Uh, Hezbollah? ... Why do you ask me these questions at 5 o'clock? Can I answer in Spanish? Do you speak Spanish?"

And we wonder why our Government is in the shape it' in.... *sigh*

 

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