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Rohrabacher, Gohmert and King Invade National Press Club

Map from Wikimedia Commons

Lacking both the authority and the means to carry out their own invasion of Pakistan to secure the independence of Balochistan, Republican Representatives Dana Rohrabacher (CA), Louie Gohmert (TX) and Steve King (IA) instead invaded the National Press Club in Washington, DC on Tuesday for a press conference. Freedom for Balochistan is the latest quest for Rohrabacher, who has a history of being profoundly wrong in how he pursues freedom for various peoples.

One should never forget that as a speech-writing aide to Reagan, Rohrabacher was in on the ground floor of the “Freedom Fighter” effort in Afghanistan that funded Osama bin Laden:

Rohrabacher’s Afghanistan history dates back to his days as a speechwriter and presidential adviser in the Reagan White House, where he helped shape the Reagan Doctrine—the policy of arming resistance movements to undermine Soviet influence, with the mujahideen serving as Exhibit A. “I’d be there with guys in full Afghan garb in the executive dining room of the White House,” he recalls.

Of course, Rohrabacher wants to relegate his role in advancing bin Laden’s career to the dustbin. However, his approach in demonizing his current foe, the government of Pakistan, is just as wrong-headed as the decision to fund and arm bin Laden. From yesterday’s press conference:

“The government of Pakistan is radical Islam,” and has been providing weapons and resources to radical Muslim elements who use them against Americans, Rohrabacher said. “They are the evil force, they are the radicals.”

Wow. In all my blogging about Pakistan, I’ve totally missed the part about how the mullahs run the government. I was under the impression that Pakistan has a secular, civilian government. In fact, it appears that this government is making significant strides in avoiding the military coups that have befallen all previous Pakistani civilian governments.

But Rohrabacher was not alone in bringing forth profoundly wrong ideas at the press conference. Here is Gohmert:

Gohmert accused Pakistan of supplying the Taliban through Balochistan, which borders Afghanistan. Supporting an independent Balochistan could close of that supply route, he said. “The enemy of my enemy should be my friend,” he said.

That’s tremendous strategy from Gohmert. A look at the map above reveals that once Balochistan is “free” (and following the desires of Rohrabacher, Gohmert and King in all their actions, one presumes), there is just no way that supplies from Pakistan could get to Taliban forces in Pakistan or Afghanistan. Continue reading

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bmaz @ZerlinaMaxwell Nor, was I; Ive have been doing this at the trial level for nearly 30 years. I'll stand by the fact statutes should remain
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bmaz “@horvitzlevy: California Supreme Court's May calendar includes three Horvitz & Levy cases.: http://t.co/USbKmEHxoT” no Eisenberg cases?
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bmaz @APribetic @theresaexpitall @rainn01 @hillaryclinton @zerlinamaxwell Um, no. Statutes exist for a reason, ie fairness to system+def's rights
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JimWhiteGNV @emptywheel Shhh! I'm pretending to pay attention to the horse show while streaming #Gator baseball to my hearing aids.
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emptywheel Pitcher HR. Go Blue! @JimWhiteGNV
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emptywheel @biasedreporter Think @joshgerstein is right that she was prolly thinking of Roving, but in context ref was to 215.
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emptywheel @KenDilanianAP Right. But that's part of reason IC def of "bulk" is so meaningless. @Krhawkins5 @charlie_savage @csoghoian
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emptywheel @charlie_savage Yup. Not "targeting" Americans but we know they've gotten "troves" of USP data w/no protections @csoghoian @KenDilanianAP
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emptywheel @csoghoian Not that different from Petraeus, tho his stuff was more sensitive.
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JimWhiteGNV Honey, I shrank the horses. http://t.co/UIHjRa6ksm
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emptywheel @Krhawkins5 I just can't get over that Burr claims he's being responsible for risking PATRIOT crash for 11 measly bullet points.
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