Friday, May 2, 2014

Eleanor Holmes Norton on History

Eleanor Holmes Norton 20th Century catastrophe

During a House Oversight Committee hearing chaired by Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA 49th) on the Obama Administration's response to the Benghazi bungle, Democrats deigned to deflect. Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District of Calamity's (sic) non-voting Congressional Delegate, reverted to progressive's favorite bete noir and blamed Bush.  

Delegate Norton noted that US involvement in places like Libya were exacerbated because of Bush.  To underscore Norton's negative notions, she hyperbolized that the Iraq War was the worst war of the 20th Century.  Granted, she wanted to blame Bush but the Iraq War began in March 2003, which was squarely in the 21st Century.

Perhaps Ms. Norton was aiming to crown President George W. Bush's father President George H.W. Bush, who conducted the Persian Gulf War in 1991.  Of course, that would mean that Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm was more catastrophic than World War II.

Aside from being numerically challenged, Ms. Norton's statement would have been a challenge to diagram.  But to be charitable, Delegate Norton may have made a rhetorical faux pas.  

But Hot Air contemplates what actually has been the worst war of the 21st Century. By casualties alone, it was Darfur (which may have cost 300,000 their lives).  In the Iraq War, the Cost of War project estimates that there were 189,000 casualties (including 134,000 civilians) between 2003 and 2013.

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