I’m with P.Z. Myers when he denounces the right’s rush to link the Oslo attacks to Islamic extremism before the facts were in. Jennifer Rubin and the Wall Street Journal editorial page especially embarrassed themselves. (Pam Geller did too, but she embarrasses herself a few times per day.)
I’m also with him in denouncing as absurd Rubin’s suggestion that the attacks are a good reason why we shouldn’t cut defense spending.
But then Myers goes off the rails:
I would support more tanks for the army iff they were immediately dispatched to take out the American Enterprise Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the Cato Institute, the Discovery Institute, Focus on the Family, a few thousand megachurches, and miscellaneous other extremist organizations. It’s a nest of snakes, you know. And as these loons are always urging us, stomping on a nest of snakes really, really hard always works to end the problem. (For the snark impaired, cock one eyebrow and read the last two sentences sardonically.)
Sending government tanks in to “take out” organizations with whom you have political disagreements. Hilarious! I’ll bet this guy thinks it’s funny. Wherever he is.
Aside from his twisted sense of humor, Myers also again demonstrates how he completely loses his shit when it comes to libertarians. For the record, the Cato Institute opposed the first war in Iraq (and lost funding for taking that position), opposed the second war in Iraq, supports pulling out of Afghanistan, and opposes the bombing in Libya and broader U.S. meddling in the Middle East. Cato has also called for massive cuts in defense spending, and is on the opposing side of organizations like Heritage and AEI on just about every other contentious war on terror issue.
Myers’ commenters have pointed all of this out to him. He has yet to post a correction.