Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) took to the Senate floor to deliver an impassioned – and occasionally irrational – plea to Congress to support U.S. military intervention in Syria.
“Do you know where else you get really good analysis,” Pat asked on radio this morning. “Harry Reid.”
REID: [People say these] policies are none of our business, that they are not our concern. I disagree. Anytime the powerful turn such weapons of terror and destruction against the powerless, it is our business. And the weapons in question are categorically different. Chemical weapons, you see, can kill not just dozens or hundreds of people but tens of thousands of innocents in a single attack. Tens of thousands. These weapons don’t just pose a threat to the Syrian people or to our allies in the region. They pose a threat to every one of us, every American, and, in particular, every member of the United States Armed Forces.
“So far, does this sound a little bit like the Colin Powell speech to the U.N. back in 2001/ 2002,” Pat asked.
“This is a key example. This is a key example here. The reason why they’re using the same script is because Harry Reid is a progressive. He just happens to be a Democratic progressive that believes in the international law sort of way and that we’re all going to go by international law,” Glenn said. “The other side of the progressive spectrum is the Republican progressive, the John McCain, who believes in the strong America and freedom on the march. But they’re both progressives and that’s the key. The reason why they’re using the same script is because they’re the same people.”
As Sen. Reid’s speech continued, it took an interesting turn – one that included semi-lucid references to World War I, the Holocaust, and Dante…
REID: Our intervention on behalf of those in danger hasn’t always been popular. Look back at history. There’s always been part of our society that prefers isolation. Look prior to World War I. Look, Mr. President, prior to World War II. Some prefer isolation. That’s the easy thing to do. As America faces yet another crisis of conscience, another opportunity to intervene on behalf of humanity, my mind returns to that turning point in the world’s history when the United States of America faced down an evil regime that murdered millions of innocent citizens. Millions and millions of civilians and prisoners of war were murdered by gas. Dawson, Treblinka, Auschwitz. Never again, swore the world. Never again would we permit the use of these poisonous weapons of war. Fourteen blocks from here is a Holocaust museum. You walk in there and you’ll see a quote. It’s on the wall. It’s from Dante’s famous Inferno. Here’s what it says, and I quote. “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.”
“Oh my gosh,” Glenn said. “Honestly, I pray for Harry Reid because I don’t think he’s all there. I don’t mean that to be unkind or anything else. I really question whether he is all there.”
“I think the hottest place in hell is reserved for Harry Reid,” Pat quipped. “Who am I to judge? I’m just saying he’s going to burn in the fires of hell. That’s all I’m saying.”
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