September 30, 2007

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On the online exclusive Real Time Overtime, host Bill Maher and guests Michael Eric Dyson, Pete Hamill, and Rahm Emanuel slam Rudy's inconvenient phone calls and take questions from the audience. What struck me is just how ill-informed Rahm actually is.

On his vote to condemn the MoveOn ad, Rahm goes on and on about how it gave the Republicans something to hang on. That may be true, but here's the forest you keep missing, Rahm: The FIRST AMENDMENT guarantees Free Speech, even the sort which you don't like. Funny how the hypocrisy of the Republicans that you take pains to point out didn't keep you from voting with them. Your voting record doesn't seem to indicate that you're paying all that much attention to the vast majority of Americans who want us out of Iraq either.

In discussing the fact that the White House is so focused on Iranian activities in Iraq and ignores Saudi Arabia, Rahm also shows his complete lack of understanding about Middle Eastern politics:

The Iranians are a Persian culture and the House of Saud is a Shiite government, a total different culture and a different people and etc. The question about Saudi Arabia is there is a clear, they have been funding radical schools throughout the Mideast and it is a big problem for us.

Um, no, Rahm. The ruling mullahs of Iran (who are Persian, you got that right, but that's an ethnicity, not a religion) are Shi'a. The Saudis are Sunnis. That's part of the problem. The "insurgents" in Iraq (at least, most of them) are Sunnis.

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