The world is in turmoil. Yes, really.
Joe Scarborough - echoing, "The Stench" and his running mate, Lyin'Ryan' - went out of his way to make sure that we know that the world is in turmoil and it is all Obama's fault.
Not since 1979...hmmm...so it seems that we have been living in peace and tranquility since 1979, right? And I am sleeping beauty.
Let's see what teh google can tell us about the tranquil eighties. Per Wikipedia (all quotes from Wikipedia)
The 1983 Beirut barracks bombing - during the Lebanese Civil War two truck bombs struck separate buildings housing United States and French military forces killing 299 American and French servicemen. The organization Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the bombing.
The Lockerbie Disaster on 21 December 1988, when a Boeing 747-121 was blown up over the village of Lockerbie, Scotland while enroute from London's Heathrow Airport to New York's JFK. The bombing killed all 243 passengers, 16 crew members and 11 people on the ground, totaling 270 fatalities who were citizens of 21 nationalities. The bombing was and remains the worst terrorist attack on UK soil.
Soviet war in Afghanistan (1979–1989) - a war fought between the Soviet Union and the Islamist Mujahideen Resistance in Afghanistan. The mujahideen found other support from a variety of sources including the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States (see Operation Cyclone), as well as Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and other Muslim nations through the context of the Cold War and the regional India-Pakistan conflict.
Salvadoran Civil War 1980-1992, part of the cold war conflicts, reached its peak in the 1980s, 70,000 Salvadorans died.
1982 Lebanon War - The Government of Israel ordered the invasion as a response to the assassination attempt against Israel's ambassador to the United Kingdom, Shlomo Argov by the Abu Nidal Organization and due to the constant terror attacks on northern Israel made by the terrorist organizations which resided in Lebanon. After attacking the PLO, as well as Syrian, leftist and Muslim Lebanese forces, Israel occupied southern Lebanon and eventually surrounded the PLO in west Beirut and subjected to heavy bombardment, they negotiated passage from Lebanon.
The Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 occurred in the People's Republic of China in 1989, in which pro-democracy protestors demanded political reform. The protests were crushed by the People's Liberation Army.In this decade - the 1980s - Anwar Sadat, Indira Ghandi and Olaf Palme were all assassinated. There were attempts on the lives of Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II and Margaret Thatcher.
Btw, this all happened under the original cowboy, himself, Saint Ronald Reagan.
Pretty tranquil, uh?
Joe Scarborough praised Bill Clinton and his foreign policy successes this morning. He blamed the "turmoil" around the world on the Obama's failure to "pick up the phone and talk to foreign leaders."
So what really happened in the nineties?
Without even checking Wiki, I know of Bosnia and of soldiers being dragged through the streets of Mogadishu, the first attack on the World Trade Center and the Oklahoma City bombings. We cannot ever forget the Rwandan genocide.
Between April and June 1994, an estimated 800,000 Rwandans were killed in the space of 100 days.Attack on an embassy?!
The 1998 United States embassy bombings were a series of attacks that occurred on August 7, 1998, in which hundreds of people were killed in simultaneous truck bomb explosions at the United States embassies in the East African capitals of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya. The date of the bombings marked the eighth anniversary of the arrival of American forces in Saudi ArabiaWe all know what happened under George W Bush. The Republicans have developed a strange case of amnesia as nobody seems to remember that 911 did in fact happen under GWB.
It is not very hard to find all the info I cut and pasted above. A lot of the characters - including Joe Scarborough - were in positions of power during at least some of the events outlined above. The most striking difference between now and then, is that the country rallied behind our government after each tragedy. The loyal opposition party understood their civic duty and did not seek to politicized those events. At least not immediately after the events.
What has changed, I wonder. Why would anyone even suggest that what is happening in Syria is the president's fault? That he wants protesters to attack our embassies?
What has changed?