I don’t care much for Sarah Palin’s neo-conservatism, but I didn’t like it when she was mocked for not snapping to the obscure and wonky phrase “Bush Doctrine” in her first major interview as VP candidate. It was clearly a set-up. Likewise, I’m not a fan of Gary Johnson’s brand of Libertarian Light (and I am downright horrified by his choice of running mate), but this “Aleppo” thing feels as devious as the Sarah Set-Up. Look at how Barnicle asks the question. It is as completely without context as possible. He looks like an arrogant smirking quiz show host. (It’s easy to know everything about everything when someone gives you all the answers in advance. Remember when Wolf Blitzer went on Jeopardy? Priceless.)
Lemme tell ya, I read a lot of news, starting with the first section of the Wall Street Journal every single day, cover-to-cover–all the so-called news and politics in the neo-con propagator of record. If something should be known by everyone in the media or government, I should know it. And while I do know Aleppo is the second biggest* city in Syria and is getting a lot of press for its strategic importance and all the fighting there, I would not have immediately realized that the refugee crisis is what one would want to know about in asking “What would you do about ALEPPO?” with nothing more. That said, Gary’s “What is Aleppo?” is a bummer of a retort. Maybe he should have gotten the questions in advance and reminded them: “Nothing too hard.” After all, it worked for Trump: Leaked Audio Catches Mika and Joe Chatting With Trump During Break: ‘Nothing Too Hard, Mika’ (Funny thing is, when I first posted the Mika/Trump audio, one reader commented, “I’m sure they did the same thing for Ron Paul.” I’m still laughing at that one.)
I wish I had the video of Gary’s appearance in its entirety, but this is all that’s handy on youtube…maybe the rest didn’t make him look like a moron so they cut it out. If you see one with more of the show before the Aleppo question, please let me know.
Unfortunately, I was correct in predicting that not only would this be the year that traditional small government conservatives (like the Tea Party) would be drowned out in the GOP, but also that the Libertarian Party (and by extension Ron Paul purists) would be neutralized. As a demonstration of the predictable result of the set-up, the video youtube teed up for me after the clip above was titled: Gary Johnson is a buffoon, as are most libertarians. Sadly, it is all going according to plan.
On the bright side, there’s this hilarious article about the NYT reporting on the story and getting the answer wrong–twice!! http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-09-08/new-york-times-answers-what-aleppo-awkward-confusion-follows
For a little more fun, check out the ways these guys handled an ambush 🙂
*Correction! I just checked my facts–Aleppo is the largest city in Syria, though Damascus is the capital. It is the second most important city in Syria. So wait, what? What is Aleppo??