The winds of Weimar were wafting over CPAC (ConservativePoliticalActionCommittee) annual meeting in DC over the weekend, featuring the usual parade of utter lunacy, treasonable speculation, and fascist fantasy. But significant amid all the other stupid shit (always, anytime, really) were the remarks of Bushevik former UN Ambassador John Bolton. Mark Crispin Miller's "News From The Underground" blog carried this report this morning:
Bolton jokes (sort of) about nuking Chicago, Santorum hopes for national catastropheGiven the fact that Iran has nothing like the capacity to deliver a nuke any further beyond its borders than a team of strong men could throw it, or that it would require a minimum of ten years for them to achieve this feat, and that Bolton was one of the PNAC Ziono-fascists who thought all the Neo-Con Plans needed a "Pearl Harbor" to inaugurate its global coup, it is beyond 'amusing' that Bolton's audience cheered.
(Posted by mcm, March 2, 2009)Such was the atmosphere at CPAC, where they talked subversion right out in the open–and the media said nothing.
There are two items here, one from motherjones.com, the other from thinkprogress.org.
John Bolton at CPAC:
The Benefits of Nuking Chicago
By Jonathan Stein | Thu February 26, 2009 9:27 AM PST
Former UN Ambassador John Bolton believes the security of the United States is at dire risk under the Obama administration. And before a gathering of conservatives in Washington on Thursday morning, he suggested, as something of a joke, that President Barack Obama might learn a needed lesson if Chicago were destroyed by a nuclear bomb.
Appearing at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the nation’s largest annual conference of conservative activists, Bolton, one of the hardest hardliners of the George W. Bush administration, spoke at length about Obama’s naiveté and how various nations - Russia, North Korea, Iran - will be exploiting the new president. The most dramatic moment of his speech may have been when he cracked a 'joke' about the nuking of Obama’s hometown.
“The fact is on foreign policy I don’t think President Obama thinks it’s a priority,” said Bolton. “He said during the campaign he thought Iran was a tiny threat. Tiny, tiny depending on how many nuclear weapons they are ultimately able to deliver on target. Its, uh, its tiny compared to the Soviet Union, but is the loss of one American city” - here Bolton changes his tone subtly to prepare for the joke - “pick one at random - Chicago - is that a tiny threat?”
Bolton wasn't the only one who thought this was funny. The room erupted in laughter and applause. Was this conservative catharsis, with rightwingers delightfully imagining the destruction of a city that represents Obama? Or perhaps they were venting vengeance with their laughter. (Bolton is no stranger to inflammatory remarks. He once infamously quipped, "There are 38 floors to the UN building in New York. If you lost 10 of them, it wouldn't make a bit of difference.")