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Putin’s Useful Idiots: The Republican Congressional Caucus

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 5, 2013

How stupid do you have to be for Michele Bachmann to potentially be smarter than you?

As stupid as Dana Rohrabacher and Steve King, for starters:

Jim already described Dana Rohrabacher’s posturing with Steven Seagal while he attempted to replay his glory days palling around with the mujahadeen. Subsequent to that, Rohrabacher defended Putin’s abuse of power in fighting his former soulmates.

“If you are in the middle of an insurrection with Chechnya, and hundreds of people are being killed and there are terrorist actions taking place and kids are being blown up in schools, yeah, guess what, there are people who overstep the bounds of legality,” he said.

While the rule of law is important, Rohrabacher added, “We shouldn’t be describing people who are under this type of threat, we shouldn’t be describing them as if they are Adolf Hitler or they’re back to the old Communism days.”

Meanwhile, both Rohrabacher and Steve King bravely defended Putin’s prosecution of Pussy Riot.

“It’s hard to find sympathy for people who would do that to people’s faith,” King said.

But I’m most amused by the script William Keating (who represents parts of Boston and its southwest suburbs) is speaking from, parroting FSB’s assurances that the Marathon attack could have been prevented if only FBI had been more responsive to the tip they had provided the FBI and CIA.

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But he appears not to have read all that’s available in the press. He ignores the multiple reports on reluctance with which Russians shared information.

He ignores this WSJ report appears to make it clear that the Russians withheld the basis for their concern — the actual text messages — in spite of multiple efforts from FBI to get more information.

There follows a whole bunch of documentation on other examples of Putin’s non-cooperation.

At the end, the question is asked: “Clearly, Putin continues to play Americans like a chess master. Does he consider Members of Congress mere pawns?”

Yes, especially Republican ones. And with good reason.

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