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History Lessons for Chris Matthews and Ron Reagan Jr.

October 23, 2009
History is hard when you have a thrill running down your leg.

History is hard when you have a thrill running down your leg....

For a show that prides itself on its knowledge of news and history, Hardball with Chris Matthews made some embarrassing errors last night, including the fact that Ron Reagan Jr. apparently doesn’t understand the Bush Doctrine. Chris and Ron, his guest “expert” on Afghanistan, came up with two historical inaccuracies within minutes of one another. When conservative guest Frank Gaffney said he hoped Afghanistan could be pacified, as Germany was after World War II, Matthews snapped:

Matthews: There were no American soldiers killed after V-E Day, and you know it. Stop bringing up. Stop.

Gaffney: There were people killed after V-E Day, as a matter of fact…

Matthews: Not in Europe…Not in Germany.

Gaffney: Yes, indeed, there were….

Matthews: When did this happen?

Gaffney: We had all kinds of operations that were going on by revanchist groups that were still trying to kill Americans and others.

Matthews: I’ll have to go and check this. There was no activity after ’45.

Gaffney: There certainly were activities.

Well, Chris, the group Gaffney referenced was called the Werewolves. Professor Perry Biddiscombe of the University of Victoria has described their campaign of bombings, snipings, and terrorism lasting from the collapse of the Third Reich “until at least 1947.” The History Channel even did a special on them called Nazi Guerrillas. I hope that helps. Thanks; Frank and I look forward to your on-air retraction tonight.

Now, for Ron Reagan.

In his position as conservative punching bag, Gaffney responded to Matthews’s question about whether the Afghan people would support continued U.S. military presence in their country. Gaffney replied they would prefer this to returning to the Taliban’s theocracy. “They would rather not be ruled by the Taliban again,” Gaffney said. “Would you, Ron? Would you want to be ruled by the Taliban?” Ron-Ron replied, “That wasn’t the reason we went into Afghanistan in the first place, Frank.”

Yes, actually, it was. Toppling the Taliban was the reason we initiated the war in Afghanistan shortly after 9/11, because that regime sheltered Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda. President Bush swore that evening, “We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.” You see, there was this thing called The Bush Doctrine. I seem to remember your belittling Sarah Palin on your radio show for allegedly not knowing what it was. However, the Bush quotation is still up on Wikipedia; check it out before your left-wing friends change the page.

Anything else I can help you out with?

  1. sweetpea permalink
    October 23, 2009 1:27 pm

    Thank you for watching and correcting the old media. I can’t bear to listen and prefer to read your new media sites. As Levin says, you all are “the clean up hitters !”

  2. David Forsmark permalink
    October 23, 2009 3:52 pm

    American casualties in the first 2 years of the Iraq War were actually about the same as the 20 months or so after VE Day. Chris is an ignoramus.

    • J Hampton permalink
      October 24, 2009 3:44 am

      I must say that he is not just your tipical ignoramus he is a collosal ignoramus. Good point however I thought Ron Reagan Jr. was working as a car hop at the Sonic?

  3. poptoy permalink
    October 24, 2009 1:40 am

    Ron Jr. and Chris M.? That kind reminds me of Jethro Bodine and his lesson of naught plus naught. 0+0=0 0. Nuff said.

  4. shane comeback permalink
    October 24, 2009 6:23 am

    Poptoy,I wish I could thumbs up your post about a hundred times! LOL
    The other night I (accidentally) turned on air america,Ron Poufda’s (cant bear to type Reagan next to his first name)show,and a caller,named “Enrique”-ahem-said the troops overseas were being FORCED to watch Fox,and the little tutu told a story of when Bush used Air Force One to bring President Reagan’s body to DC,I think,and how they had FOX on the TV’s,but “yeah man, hey,we turned them all to MSNBC,how bout that?” Pathetic loser!

    • politicalmoxie permalink
      October 24, 2009 10:47 am

      @ shane comeback

      I wish I could ‘thumbs-up’ you a hundred times. I loved the tutu story.

  5. kevtop351 permalink
    October 24, 2009 9:59 am

    Why are liberals always so angry?

  6. FelixPrismus permalink
    October 24, 2009 3:19 pm

    Ron Reagan looks like he needs some sleep.

  7. shane comeback permalink
    October 25, 2009 8:26 am

    Either that or surgery to take the gigantic hemorrhoid out of his skull and replace it with a brain..even half a brain…

  8. Larry D. Crumbley permalink
    October 25, 2009 9:36 am

    I got in oj this real late, and I am so sorry, but I feel that Ron Reagan Jr. has been a “HUGE” disgrace to his late dad. I just hope before it is to late that he opens his eyes of his heart, and sees what his father really stood for, and who he talks to when he goes on these worthless talk-shows. Most of the “IDIOTS” like Chris Matthews never had anything good to say about his father, and I hope before it is to late that he gets it “right”

    Larry D. Crumbley


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