April 01, 2006

The Bill Napolis of Hostage Criticism

Rarely do I take an interest in blog-versus-blog throwdowns, especially when it involves calling out intolerant gasbags on their stupidity. Especially when I'm busy.

However, reading Steve Gilliard's post criticizing some of the wingnutosphere's response to Jill Carroll's release reminded me of Bill Napoli's definition about what constitutes an acceptable rape, when the woman has achieved a sufficient level of suffering to satisfy him that she qualifies for mercy.


Because to the wingnuts, Jill Carroll doesn't qualify for mercy. Even though she did what our soldiers are trained to do (in the words of one of Gilliard's commenters: "Give up your mom, praise their strength, praise their cats, whatever. Survive.") in the SERE programs. Even though these cowards criticizing her probably would have offered to marry their grandmothers to Osama to get away from the kidnappers with machine guns, they have the gall to say things like this:

"I've been watching this traitor bitch fawn all over her captors this morning. "Nice furniture, safe, nice clothes, they NEVER threatened me". I'm very glad you were so comforatble while working to undermine our efforts in Iraq. Now, wipe that muslim DNA from your face and confess to pre-planning this?"

"She's probably coming home with a suitcase full of cash (her kickback) and a dose of the clap."

and... from the Imus show:

MCGUIRK: She strikes me as the kind of woman who would wear one of those suicide vests. You know, walk into the ó try and sneak into the Green Zone.

IMUS: Oh, no. No, no, no, no.

MCCORD: Just because she always appears in traditional Arab garb and wearing a burka.

MCGUIRK: Yeah, whatís with the head gear? Take it off. Letís see.


MCCORD: Exactly. She cooked with them, lived with them.

IMUS: This is not helping.

MCGUIRK: She may be carrying Habibís baby at this point.

Utterly despicable.

Posted by binky at April 1, 2006 06:22 PM | TrackBack | Posted to Extremism | Hacktastic! | International Affairs | Iraq | You Can't Make This Stuff Up


UPDATE: I'm not the only one who thinks that there are similiarities between Napoli and Carroll's critics. Digby also finds them to be "gasbags."

I think I need a new thesaurus.

Either that or Digby and I are both spot on.

See also Crooks and Liars.

Posted by: binky at April 1, 2006 07:47 PM | PERMALINK
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