I’m guessing (hoping?) it was fatigue that drove John Podhoretz to think this list of the “Top 11 Things That Anti-War Protesters Would Have Said At the Normandy Invasion on D-Day” was funny. It’s a mirthless batch of howlers predicated on the idea that anti-war protesters would have assumed the invasion of France was as objectionable as the invasion of Iraq, because just like they don’t get that we’re liberating Iraq from Jihadists they wouldn’t have grokked that we were liberating the Gauls from the Nazis. Or something. Ask any veteran of the gruesome 1944-1947 French insurgency!
11. No blood for French Wine!
This joke was old when we were still looking for WMDs.
9. In 62 years, the date will be 6/6/6. A coincidence? I think not.
8. All this death and destruction is because the neo-cons are in the pocket of Israel
First of all, this.
Second, it would have been tough to write slogans pillorying a country that wouldn’t exist for another four years. But those anti-Iraq war 65%-of-the-country loons are all vicious anti-semites. They would have found a way.
5. We are attacked by Japan and then attack France? Roosevelt is worse than the Kaiser!
Who the hell was making Kaiser references in 1944? I suppose I could point out that Germany declared war on the United States, but this piece of “wit” actually harkens back to the “France = Iraq” insanity, and it’s not worth going back over that.
1. I don’t see Roosevelt or Churchill storming the beaches — they’re Chicken Hawks
The “Chickenhawk” argument, such as it is, has never been about whether leaders are brave enough to invade alongside their troops. It concerns politicians who beat the drums for war but avoided opportunities to serve when they were of prime fighting age. No one would ever have made that argument against Churchill, who served in the IV Hussars Calvary regiment, or against FDR, who was crippled in 1921. They wouldn’t argue that unless they were idiots. Like, say, the blogger at “Nihilist in Golf Pants.”
As idiotic as this all is, it’s illustrative of the – I’ll say it – quagmire that the Iraq debate’s become, at least online. The pro-war blogosphere is buckled into the deepest echo chamber ever built. They haven’t engaged anti-war voices for years; they still think the opposition consists of unreformed Maoists and Tucker Carlson. How else could they sift through crap like this and think “oooh, we nailed those peaceniks”?