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Dog-Wagging: Joe Wilson Has A Point

Historically, this website has had very little use for U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson. For years he was a big-spending, bailout-backing “Bush Republican” – and he probably would have continued down that path had growing numbers of his constituents not grown wise to the ways of the GOP establishment he so…

Historically, this website has had very little use for U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson. For years he was a big-spending, bailout-backing “Bush Republican” – and he probably would have continued down that path had growing numbers of his constituents not grown wise to the ways of the GOP establishment he so slavishly served.

But they did grow wise. And so in recent years Wilson has taken a page out of the playbook of nineteenth century French politician Alexandre Auguste Ledru-Rollin, best known for the (likely apocryphal) saying “there go my people – I must find out where they are going so I may lead them.”

Wilson has found out “where they are going,” too … and as a result he now has a voting record that’s much more in line with the record of longtime fiscal conservatives like U.S. Reps. Mick Mulvaney and Jeff Duncan.

Anyway, Wilson made a great point this week in assessing the incessant war-mongering on the part of U.S. President Barack Obama and his allies on behalf of military intervention in Syria.

Specifically, Wilson raised the question of whether Obama’s Syrian policy (such as it is) was dictated more by domestic failures – and a desire to distract people’s attention away from them – than a compelling national interest.

“With the president’s redline, why was there no call for military response in April?” Wilson asked this week. “Was it delayed to divert attention today from the Benghazi, IRS, NSA scandals, the failure of Obamacare enforcement, the tragedy of the White House-drafted sequestration or the upcoming debt limit vote? Again, why was there no call for a military response four months ago when the president’s red line was crossed?”

Obviously we would strongly dispute the whole “tragedy of sequestration” narrative, but aside from that – Wilson has a perfectly valid point. In fact we’ve been repeatedly referencing the whole “wag the dog” analogy in our coverage of the Syrian situation.

Obama manipulating an international incident to deflect attention from a flood of scandals (and a weakening economy) isn’t a conspiracy theory. Nor is it a remote possibility or a plausible likelihood.

It’s happening.

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18 comments

Ed September 6, 2013 at 11:06 am

Ahh, the comments that every legitimate media outlet in America dismissed as being absurd, insane, and idiotic, Fitsnews finds to be perfectly valid.

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Jackie Chiles September 6, 2013 at 11:25 am

Exactly. If the “legitimate media” says it, we’ve got to trust it whole-heartedly.

-Ed Circia 2002 when reading a story in the NY Times about the WMD’s in Iraq.

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Ed September 6, 2013 at 5:10 pm

Then let me rephrase. No one except Fitsnews thinks Joe Wilson has a clue about what he speaks.

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Vanguard16 September 6, 2013 at 11:22 am

Crawl back in your bottle, Joe!!

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jimlewisowb September 6, 2013 at 11:24 am

“there go my people – I must find out where they are going so I may lead them.”

In Joe’s case it is more like

“there go my people – I must find out where they are going so I can be somewhere else”

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shifty henry September 6, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Well, ok – but you reminded of this one—-

A Hasidic Jew comes to see his rabbi: “Rabbi, I have had a dream in which I am the leader of 3,000 Hasidim.”

The Rabbi replies: Come back to see me when 3,000 Hasidim have a dream that you are their leader.”

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The Coast September 7, 2013 at 5:33 am

There is a fine line between changing one’s political direction for the purpose of representing the wishes of one’s constituents and changing one’s political direction to ensure reelection for self serving/egotistical purposes. I’m going with the later for our dear Joe Wilson.

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Gillon September 6, 2013 at 11:32 am

Next you will be saying that George W. Bush contrived to deliberately foul up the reponse to Hurricane Katrina in order to divert attention from his disastrous adventure in Iraq and his inept handling of the nation’s economy.

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The Colonel September 7, 2013 at 3:17 am

Interesting comparison – only Bush didn’t order Katrina to destroy New Orleans.

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Gillon September 7, 2013 at 2:27 pm

No, that would have probably been Pat Robertson.

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Godslayer September 6, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Except that there were no Benghazi or IRS scandals. Hey Joe, go huff some Sarin!

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The Colonel September 7, 2013 at 3:16 am

Only in your feeble mind are the debacle of the murder and mutilation of an American ambassador at Benghazi and the illegal and intentional targeting of American citizens by the IRS not scandals.

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Fed up Republican. September 6, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Joe Wilson has a point! Yeah, on his head!
He is a pointy headed idiot!
Anyone stupid enough to marry that fat assed, loud mouth Roxanne should forever be banned from public office.
They are both fools and an embarrassment!

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shifty henry September 6, 2013 at 4:53 pm

What has she done now?

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9" September 6, 2013 at 10:22 pm

you need a whooping in Joe’s slave quarters at mini tara…

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9" September 6, 2013 at 5:55 pm

Why pics of those damn liberals,but no pics of,Joe?

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9" September 6, 2013 at 10:18 pm

Joe is so hot! Great mantits,chest hair,butt and turquoise eyes.Who cares about fake politics?

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Gen. Turgidson September 8, 2013 at 8:52 pm

And how many Republicans are also whooping the war cry for action against Syria? Are they all trying to distract Americans from Obama’s domestic failures, too?

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