National security congressman Bubba Saxby Shameless fell for a fake photograph of a dead Osama Bin Laden. He wasn’t alone.
Senators Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Scott Brown (R-MA) fell for a fake photo of a dead Osama bin Laden according to Talking Point Memo. The super sad thing about this is that Saxby Chambliss is the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Feeling safer yet?
Chambliss told Talking Points Memo:
“I was shown a picture — it looked like a picture of bin Laden,” Chambliss told TPM. “It appeared to be accurate but it was not.”
Chambliss said the photo was electronic and someone — not a senator or government official — had shown it to him, but he declined to elaborate.
Chambliss lacks the critical thinking skills to doubt an unofficial photo shown to him, knowing that President Obama said he was not releasing the photo, but yet Chambliss is the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. This begs the question, why is he on this committee at all? He clearly lacks both intelligence and knowledge of military intelligence to offer much to the committee.
Since Chambliss received five student deferments while in college and one medical deferment and never served in Vietnam, his only brush with the military came from his attacking real war heroes, Democrats Max Cleland and Jim Martin. In 2002, Chambliss attacked Max Cleland as being linked to Osama Bin Laden.
In this ad, not only is Chambliss disingenuous about Cleland’s votes, but also Saxby maligned Max Cleland, the triple-amputee war hero, with images of Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein. In reality, Cleland co-sponsored legislation calling for the creation of the Department of Homeland Security but even if he had not, Cleland is less a terrorist than Chambliss and Cleland has fought for his country. What has Chambliss done to assure us that he is not working with terrorists?
When Chambliss isn’t attacking war heroes, he’s attacking workers’ rights and avoiding subpoena resulting from the horrific Imperial Sugar refinery explosion that killed 14 workers in Georgia in February of 2008. The sugar biz gave a lot of money to the anti-union Chambliss, so naturally, when a whistle-blower reported safety issues at Imperial Sugar, Chambliss attacked them during a July Senate hearing on the explosion. Chambliss was then issued a subpoena he Republicaned (Cheneyed, Palined, whatever). I guess American deaths are OK if they are just workers, but don’t get the idea that Chambliss is working with terrorists to kill Americans in the name of money. I mean, it’s not like Money is a religion.
Chambliss also took his “intelligence” to the floor yesterday to falsely claim that the killing of Osama bin Laden vindicates harsh interrogation techniques:
Chambliss grandstanded, “It is also important to point out that this operation was made possible by information provided by enemy combatants that have been detained and interrogated by the United States. There has been a lot of debate in this country about our detention and interrogation policy, but this is probably one of the clearest examples of the extraordinary value of the information we have been able to gather from the CIA’s detention and interrogation program. If we did not have access to this information, Osama bin Laden would likely still be operating undetected today.”
This is, of course, as truthful as most of what comes out of Chambliss’ mouth. In other words, it has no relationship to reality and given the fact that Chambliss just fell for a fake photo of a dead Osama bin Laden, I think it’s safe to assume that Saxby Chambliss’ judgment is less than admirable, to say the least.
This is, after all, the man who missed an important intelligence briefing on the Iraq war because he was golfing with Tiger Woods. And then when he failed to beat his Democratic opponent, causing a run-off election, he blamed his failure on “high percentage of minority vote” and that his campaign wasn’t “able to get enough of our folks out” to vote.”
It seems like common sense to realize that in the immediate aftermath of a huge breaking news story like the killing of Osama bin Laden, the details coming out will evolve and change as all of the pieces are put together. A person with a minimum amount of intelligence would be skeptical of claiming that torture works right now, let alone believing some Internet photo shown to them by an unofficial source (leading me to wonder if this “unofficial source” is the same person who got busted leaving gay hate comments on the internet from Chambliss’ office last September).
Saxby Chambliss has no place on the intelligence committee. He lacks the judgment, the moral fiber, the experience, the temperament, and the intelligence to make important decisions. He’s also very busy playing golf with “not our folks” Tiger Woods. He can’t even keep his mouth shut about an Internet photo. One wonders if he infected his government computer with the dead Osama virus making the rounds right now when he opened it.
The irony here is that Saxby Chambliss tried to malign his war hero opponent Max Cleland as helping Osama bin Laden because of a vote that Chambliss took out of context, and yet years later, it is Chambliss who has dodged his responsibilities to Americans by playing golf when he should have been at a briefing on Iraq. And now here he is, in all of his clownish glory, during the story of this war, proving that he lacks the intelligence to question an Internet photo of a dead Osama bin Laden while he sits as the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
The only good thing I can say about Saxby Chambliss is that he is also infamous for refuting birther claims sent to him by disgruntled Free Republic members, who have determined to get rid of Chambliss for his failure to don the tin foil. On this, we have finally found a bridge to share with the far right.
Chambliss must go. Georgia would be so much better off with Max Cleland or Jim Martin, both of whom have the courage of their convictions and at the very least would not fall for a photoshopped internet hoax.