I just find this incredible.
Appearing on National Public Radio's quiz show, (listen to the segment on appropriately) Wait, Wait . . . Don't Tell Me, which aired this weekend, Dana Perino, Bush's spokesperson said that during a White House briefing, when a reporter referred to the Cuban Missile Crisis -- she didn't know what 'the heck' he was talking about.
"I was panicked a bit because I really don't know about . . . the 'Cuban Missile Crisis'," said Perino, who at 35 was born ten years after the 1962 U.S.-Soviet nuclear showdown. "It had to do with Cuba and missiles, I'm pretty sure." (seriously, no it was a tropical drink)
So she consulted her best source. "I came home and I asked my (British) husband," she recalled. "I said, 'Wasn't that like the Bay of Pigs thing?' And he said, 'Oh, Dana.' "
This was like after the press briefing question that Perino had tried to answer lamely, although she was probably the only person in the room spectacularly unqualified to answer it. I assume Bush wasn't there as well.
Q. Do you want to address the remarks by President Putin, who said the United States setting up a missile defense shield in Eastern Europe was like the Soviet Union putting missiles in Cuba, setting up a Cuban Missile Crisis?
MS. PERINO: Well, I think that the historical comparison is not -- does not exactly work. What I can say is what President Putin went on to say, which is that the President and President Putin have said that we can work together on this. President Putin said that today, that he believes that there's a path where the United States and Russia can work to figure out a way to get the system to work in a way that works for both people -- for both countries.
She makes a 'historical comparison' about a landmark historical event that she knew nothing about. In a sense, she ably mirrors the president. But forgive me, where does Bush find these people? You really have to look hard to find a university graduate with a minor in political science, who has never heard of 'the cuban missle crisis'. It is no wonder she is a conservative. And this is supposed to be the President's chief spokesperson, briefing the whole world about the big issues of the day: missile defense, nuclear war, global warming ....Is someone playing a bad joke on us?
digby gives 'the historical comparison' two weeks ago, that Perino should have made, if someone in the administration had half a brain.
This threat (of the cuban missile showdown) was far, far greater than the threat of Islamic terrorism where their weapon of mass destruction were hijacked airliners and box cutters. We were *this close* to nuclear war. The president himself was in charge and intelligent enough to seek advice from a range of people and analyze the situation with a clear dispassionate eye in the middle of a crisis. As that excerpt from the BBC shows, the initial reaction was to bomb first and ask questions later. It's probably human. But leaders of a great country, with massive military power, have an obligation to look beyond their understandable human reaction. Kennedy, cold warrior though he was, had a nimble, creative and serious mind and he was able to see beyond the emotional response to the bigger picture.
This stuff matters. It matters a great deal.
Tell that to Bush and his equally idiotic moronic minions. Does anyone take Bush's spin or spinmeister seriously after this admission? Next week it will be the holocaust and "Wasn't that like the World War Two thing?"
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