The 1994 movie comedy “Dumb and Dumber” starred Jim Carry and Jeff Daniels as two good, but very stupid, friends who embarked upon an effort to do the right thing. “The Squad” stars five members of Congress who, embarking upon an effort to spread anti-Americanism, demonstrate that five degrees of separation exist between “dumb and dumbest.”
The difficulty comes in being able to give each a consistent ranking, ranging from dumb to dumber, to more dumber, to much more dumber and, finally, to dumbest. The reason for this is that they often interchange positions depending upon their most recent utterances. Unsurprisingly, they have been determined to be among the least effective members in the House of Representatives.
Perhaps holding the title “dumbest” most often is Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., or “AOC.” Her run for office began with answering a casting call put out by Justice Democrats who wanted to field candidates with appeal who were easily manipulated. AOC had several things going for her – attractiveness, coming from a working background and claiming Puerto Rican heritage, which enables her to raise the flag of racism whenever needed. It was still a shock, however, when she defeated 10-time incumbent and chairman of the House Democratic Caucus Joseph Crowley in the primary. She later boasted her election was significantly helped by billionaire George Soros – the one person who has done more than any other to place liberal extremists in political office. Obviously, AOC is committed to his agenda.
While AOC is undoubtedly a mouthpiece for Soros and other liberal causes, it is uncertain how much of what comes out of her mouth is coached as opposed to spur of the moment stupidity. Since Soros is anti-Israel, so too is AOC.
On April 1, the congresswoman stumbled so much during an interview when asked how peace between Israel and Palestine could be achieved that an AOC supporter tweeted that her rambling comments were “incredibly underwhelming,” failing to even answer the question. Yet despite her inability to discuss peace in the Middle East, AOC somehow felt qualified to discuss war, after the terrorist group (since 2008) Hamas launched rocket attacks against Israel on May 10, triggering an Israeli response, by claiming the latter had no right of self-defense.
Adding to her left-field comments, AOC also claimed Americans “are scared to stand up to the incarceration of children in Palestine because maybe it’ll force us to confront the incarceration of children here on our border,” referring to unaccompanied children detained at the border.
Two Muslim members of The Squad – Reps. Ihan Omar, D-Minn., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich. – also went into an attack mode against Israel. Omar absurdly called Israel’s air attacks on Hamas “acts of terrorism.” She also ridiculously insinuated since Israel has suffered many fewer casualties due to its Iron Dome missile defense system while Palestinian casualties mount, Israel is the aggressor. Meanwhile, Tlaib outrageously claimed, “The Israeli government doesn’t want Palestinians to exist,” ignoring it is not the Israelis seeking Palestinian extinction but Hamas’ own charter mandating Israel’s destruction.
These three members of The Squad were then joined by the remaining two, Reps. Cori Bush, D-Mo., and Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., in supporting legislation seeking to block the $735 million sale of U.S. precision-guided weapons to Israel. Bush, who spent years as faith healer for a religious group claiming to have resurrected the dead and cured thousands of people of AIDS, cancer, etc., expressed her support for Hamas and contempt for Israel.
Squad members held a press conference, condemning Israel as an apartheid state. Tlaib accused it of “promoting racism and dehumanization” under an “apartheid system,” obviously coordinating her comments with Omar who made the same claim. However, anyone the least bit familiar with a real apartheid state – 20th century South Africa – knows there is no comparison to Israel as it lacks the rigorously enforced system of racial oppression South Africa employed.
The Squad members failed to mention that Israel affords its Arab citizens full rights. In fact, Israel is one of the few places in the Middle East where Arab women can vote. In calling Israel an apartheid state, The Squad seeks to promote “a toxic lie intended to destroy the Jewish state” when Arabs there arguably are among “the most free” in the Middle East.
It would be interesting to press The Squad members as to what they really know about Israeli efforts to bring a meaningful peace to the Middle East. The Palestinians have repeatedly been offered peace agreements creating their own state, only to reject them. In 2017, Israel offered to invest in the Gaza Strip to turn it into “the Singapore of the Middle East” – an incredible offer that would have improved life immensely for the Palestinians – yet it too was rejected.
There should be no doubt the one party benefiting most from Palestinian/Israeli tensions is the Palestinian leadership. It grows wealthier from international donations that fail to make it to the Palestinian people. Even after President Donald Trump cut off U.S. funding to the Palestinians in 2018, it did not prevent the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, from buying a $50 million jet aircraft for his personal use. That same president now celebrates the 16th year of what was supposed to be only a four-year term when first elected in 2005.
The Squad ignores the fact no Arab regime has supported Hamas either militarily or financially, consistent with their policy during earlier conflicts with Israel. They see the “Palestinian Authority and Hamas as role models of intra-Arab terrorism, subversion and ingratitude.” Prominent Arab writers and political analysts are holding Hamas responsible for hostilities.
So committed are the Palestinians to eliminating Israel that dual-purpose imports have to be controlled – products such as cement, which Hamas uses to construct tunnels leading into Israel. Foreign contributions that could be building an economic oasis in Palestine instead go toward buying rockets and missiles, most from Iran. And, once purchased, launchers are hidden in residential areas where, if discovered, Hamas welcomes Israeli retaliation, generating Palestinian civilian casualties and negative publicity for Israel. It was this ploy – Hamas co-locating assets for years in the same building housing AP journalists – that led to Israel bombing the building. Unlike Hamas, however, Israel gave advanced warnings to evacuate buildings before destroying them.
On May 21, current hostilities in the ever-lasting Palestinian/Israeli conflict ended with yet another cease-fire. However, the dominant smoldering issue remaining that will always spark future hostilities is that unless Hamas stops calling for Israel’s destruction, permanent peace is impossible.
For The Squad not to acknowledge this simple truth is dumb.
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