Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Gary Johnson believes that presidential candidates being well informed is a bad thing because knowing "a foreign leader or geographical location" means putting our military in "harm's way." Wait, what?

Courtesy of Raw Story:  

“Talking about a foreign leader I respect, I have a hard time with that one,” Johnson told MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell. “That’s just who I am. And now I’m going to have to pick out a world leader and there’s going to be something wrong with them. And now I’m going to have to defend them! Well, maybe I think too much.” 

“You are running to be commander-in-chief,” Mitchell reminded the candidate. 

“Yeah, and you know what?” Johnson trumpeted back. “The fact that somebody can dot the i’s and cross the t’s on a foreign leader or a geographic location then allows them to put our military in harm’s way!”

You ever get a headache so bad that it hurts to blink your eyes?

Yeah well this gave me one.

First off the President of the United States does not have the luxury of not knowing things about the world around him. After all he is kind of forced to make some incredibly important decisions which can often affect not just America but every other country as well.

Second, knowing about where these countries are, and who is leading them, does NOT mean that we are then somehow obligated to drop bombs on them and send our troops to die on their soil.

In fact knowing more about them, and understanding their culture and history, can often help to avoid conflict or intervention.

You know in some ways I am in total agreement with Gary Johnson when it comes to keeping our soldiers from fighting in unnecessary wars.

You bet, high fives all around on that one.

However then I also am reminded that the reason that we got into these last two unnecessary wars in the first place was because we had a President in office who was woefully ill informed about the countries that he arrogantly thought he could invade and conquer with few negative repercussions for our military.

He was wrong.

So sorry Mr. Johnson, I would rather have a President who knows a lot, and would recognize the appropriate time for military intervention, than to have a President who knows little, and could very well leave us vulnerable to attack.

I am not a hawk, but I am also not an idiot.

Sadly the same cannot be said for Gary Johnson.


  1. Anonymous2:20 PM

    Jill stein is better. Harvard. Scientist.

    1. Don't forget batshit crazy.

    2. Anonymous3:11 PM

      Jill Stein is a nasty c*nt. She is also fucking loony.

    3. Anonymous3:41 PM

      She's not a doctor that I would every trust.

    4. Anonymous4:26 PM

      Jill Stein is mentally ill, and that is the very least of her issues.

  2. Anonymous2:30 PM

    He is dumber than a box of rocks.

  3. Anonymous2:31 PM

    When he was governor of NM, I don't remember Johnson being so "out there". I hate to blame it on Weed, but maybe he smoked too much over the years?

    1. Anonymous4:27 PM

      I don't think it's the weed, I just think he is dumb.

    2. Anonymous5:00 PM

      Definitely not weed, weed doesn't make you insane, perhaps given his age it is dementia or Alzheimers?

  4. Anonymous2:34 PM

    Crosshairs and Re-education Camps?

    1. Anonymous3:40 PM

      I guess Trump's fans don't know that Hillary Clinton has a serious Methodist background. Of course, today's phony xtians would not know what Methodism was all about; they probably think it's a variant of Islam.

    2. Anonymous9:40 PM

      @ 3:40 Methodist Muslim both start with an M, must be variant of Islam !!

  5. Anonymous2:38 PM

    Dotting ‘I’s and crossing ‘T’s is a slippery slope to learning to read, which is a gateway drug to learning things, which is a known risk factor for figuring out how to read a map, which is the leading cause of DEATH, HE SAYS, DEATH! And also “PSD.”
    "Hoo boy, if this is “top of my game” and “all cylinders,” we’d hate to see him fucked up."

    Read more at http://wonkette.com/607227/gary-johnson-knows-learning-things-is-a-gateway-drug-to-knowing-things#mC4BrB9GE16SV3YV.99

  6. Anonymous2:40 PM

    Just had a wacky conversation with my sister. She doesn't know who to vote for. I pitched for Hillary but she was still undecided, and she said she would probably vote for Johnson. I told her how dumb he was, and she said that our country needs dumb. I love my sister but the Trump supporters are really grasping at straws here. They just don't want to vote for Hillary. Their mind is set on a messiah. A messiah will come. He will have white dyed hair that looks like mustard. He will spew not love but hate. He will downgrade every American and they will love him for it. He will kiss a communist leader's behind, and they will cheer him on. I think we have seen this raw adulation of a human before, and that was Hitler. Now, there are books about how he was on meth and into the dark arts. Humans love the dark side and Donald is that. Good luck to us all if he gets elected.

  7. Anonymous2:44 PM

    I think Gary saw Steven Colbert they other night when he did a segment on him, said if he didn't know where Syria was, then he couldn't send troops there. Gary Johnson is taking a play from Don the Con's book of how to manipulate the media. Be outrageous and you get the comedian's and all the news outlets showing the clip over and over. He is a circus clown out trying to get noticed.

  8. Anonymous2:53 PM

    Seven Nations Army:

  9. Anonymous2:54 PM

    Everything we say has some logic behind it. I'd love to hear his.

  10. Anonymous2:57 PM

    OT: HELLO? WTF? Hurricane Sandy CRIMINALS>
    Wildstein also claimed Cuomo and Christie agreed to release a report saying the lane closures were part of a traffic study done by New Jersey, even though it would eventually be revealed they were part of a political revenge scheme."

  11. Anonymous3:13 PM


  12. Anonymous3:20 PM

    Senator Sanders:

  13. Anonymous3:22 PM

    Seriously, what reason does Gary Johnson have to justify running for president?

    This Johnson ass wipe has a clone ass wipe and that is Sarah Palin.

    They both know nothing about nothing.

    1. Anonymous4:49 PM

      Is it too much to ask that when a Palin troll visits (earlier thread), their spelling and grammar are right? There is a "preview" button that they can use to edit before posting. Talk about losing before you even entered the conversation!

  14. Anonymous3:41 PM

    "If the highest legal authorities in the country rule that race can be a factor in determining that someone must be killed, there’s no telling what other members of law enforcement will do with that information."“They are united in their belief that, in this country, one of our fundamental principles has to be protected,” she said. “And that principle is that race plays no role in our criminal justice system, particularly when the ultimate punishment is at stake.”even for the guilty, do we allow racism and racial discrimination to infect the process?”

  15. Anonymous3:56 PM

    From a pee ponder inre the Trump visit in CO last night:

    The rally started with prayer, pledge to the flag, and we sang the national anthem....blah blah blah...Imagine what we can do together as one people, under one God, saluting one American flag!”
    UGH. Just UGH.
    Are you live blogging the VP debate, Gryph?

  16. Anonymous4:02 PM

    OT: Christie is toast. Witness says they coordinated their cover stories.


  17. Anonymous4:34 PM

    Uhm, ok, did you graduate from Trump U? And no, Allepo isn't a brand of dog food. Drop out now while you still got some face left.

  18. Anonymous4:36 PM

    I remember that one time when we had a president who couldn't tell you the difference between Sunni and Shiite. That worked out pretty great for everyone involved... KnowNothings FTW (literally!)

  19. Anonymous4:59 PM

    How this man was ever qualified to serve two terms as NM governor is beyond me.

  20. Johnson is a spoiler who could end up getting Trump elected. That would be a disaster.

    However, when saying that electing the uninformed Bush got America entangled in Iraq, let's not forget that Hillary also voted for that war. Admiring it was a mistake after the decision proved disastrous doesn't change that fact.

    I also think you are misinterpreting Johnson's response here. Not surprising, because he is inarticulate. It seems to me that what he's saying is that no matter which leader he might have mentioned in response to Matthews' question could have been found to have, at some point, done or said things worthy of criticism and the headlines would've been about Johnson supporting THAT behaviour.

    He's not saying that you don't need to know the names of leaders and places. What he's saying is that America needs to disengage from the world.

    I don't agree with that. Johnson is inarticulate, but it behooves us to work harder to understand what he is saying, before disagreeing with it.

    1. Anonymous9:38 PM

      Let's not forget that Hillary voted for a war based on false information given to Congress.

    2. Anyone following international news closely could see there was no case for War. Colin Powel failed to make a convincing case at the UN. Hence no UN approval. Apart from Britain, who's Blair is on record to have promised to stick by any US decision regardless of the evidence, no other major nation supported the invasion. And the reason was that there was no credible evidence of WMD or nuclear violations.

      Hillary's vote, and that of many democrats, was passed on politics, not evidence of any real threat.

  21. Anonymous9:37 PM

    Steven Colbert made the joke that Johnson has high polling numbers within the military because he can’t deploy them to a country he has never heard of, like Syria.

    I am sure Bush had no idea about all the factions in Iraq when we went in because he was too busy finishing the book he was reading to the first graders on 9/11.

    Cheney didn’t care either; he was too busy lining up contracts for Halliburton.


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