In condemning Syria, best just to leave Hitler out of it

Surely there’s a way to characterize Bashar Assad’s use of chemical weapons without suggesting that Hitler set a certain standard for depravity.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer gave it a try today, and came up short.

The White House press corps gave him the opportunity extricate himself. It wasn’t any prettier.

Spicer originally was making the point that Russia is likely to be isolated in its support of Assad.

He didn’t need Hitler to make the point. We have the pictures.

  • Kurt O
    • Wow. What a great question.

    • Will

      Oh I’m sure Iran would love that, regional conflict here we come. Interesting idea but there are too many complexities for Israel to become directly involved, no matter how moral it might be to do so.

    • Jeff C.

      Why just Israel? Shouldn’t every democratic and decent country be morally compelled to get involved?

  • MrE85

    More proof Goodwin was right.

    • Jerry

      Did he make the law where you can only mention Hitler if you have a melodious Texas drawl?

      Edit: and in attempt to correct MrE85 about Godwin’s Law, I fell prey to Skitt’s law. It’s Wade Goodwyn, not Goodwin.

    • theoacme

      I think you need something more than coffee, Mr. E…maybe Archie Goodwin’s Law? (from Rex Stout’s Before Midnight):

      “I would appreciate it if they would call a halt on all their devoted efforts to find a way to abolish war or eliminate disease or run trains with atoms or extend the span of human life to a couple of centuries, and everybody concentrate for a while on how to wake me up in the morning without my resenting it. It may be that a bevy of beautiful maidens in pure silk yellow very sheer gowns, barefooted, singing Oh, What a Beautiful Morning and scattering rose petals over me would do the trick, but I’d have to try it.”

  • MikeB

    “Not even Hitler…..”

  • Mike

    I’m old enough to remember when Saddam Hussein was the new Hitler. Of course, the U.S. government’s pronouncement to that effect didn’t come when he gassed his own people in the late 1980s. At that time, he was our ally because he was fighting Iran. In addition, Hussein launched gas attacks on Iranian soldiers, and that was fine with us.

    It was only when he invaded Kuwait in 1990 that he was branded with the scarlet H, presumably because he threatened U.S. hegemony over Middle East oil. Funny how Hitler’s ghost only gets trotted out when it’s politically convenient.

    • kevins

      I’m old enough to remember the fake news that got us into VietNam.

  • L. Foonimin

    I’ve got to admit Sean Spicer is the perfect Press Secretary for the Trump Administration

  • X.A. Smith

    I’m starting to think that World War III started in 2001.

  • Anna

    Sean Spicer has to be the worst press secretary in the history of presidential press secretaries.

    He’s put his foot in his mouth so many times it’s a wonder he can walk anymore.

    Doesn’t he do some basic fact checking and research before he steps in front of the camera?

    What do you mean Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons on his own people? The extermination started with legal citizens of Germany and then grew exponentially from there.

    Tone deaf and clueless.

    • kevins

      He is paid to lie by the President who is himself profoundly untrustworthy.

  • crystals

    Pro-tip: never compare *anything* to the Holocaust or Hitler. Just don’t.

  • lindblomeagles

    If Sean Spicer were the only person in the Trump Administration making culturally dysfunctional and historically inaccurate statements, Spicer would be an embarrassment. The problem is Donald Trump did the same thing when he thought Frederick Douglas was alive back in February. The press is still having a field day with Trump’s “fake news” and Kellyanne Conway’s “alternative facts” statements. Conway was so Sean Spicer-like that the press doesn’t even bother talking to her anymore. I wonder how Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, handles himself around these culturally ignorant dignitaries?

    • Anna

      Kushner is smart. He isn’t doing press conferences.

      Unless I missed it, he hasn’t appeared solo in any kind of news conference. You only see him in the background if at all.

      He is eerily reminiscent of Dick Cheney.


      • lindblomeagles

        Right now, practically everybody in Trump’s entourage is YIKES!

  • KTFoley

    We’ve reached a new era where the NY Times and Washington Post no longer demur until the second paragraph, but rather fill out the headline with “unsupported by facts” or “without evidence”.

    That’s one of many unsettling responses to the uncharted territory in which we find ourselves, but today’s press conference was just one more illustration of why it is among the most necessary. There’s no nuance to just how badly SS got it wrong.

    Tomorrow morning, I fully expect to see this question above the fold:
    “… and Zyklon B was what, exactly?”

    • KTFoley

      On second thought, maybe they won’t have to: Twitterverse has it covered.

      Another beacon in the uncharted territory.

  • Rob

    Time for a refresher on the meaning of kakistocracy: Government by the most venal and least competent. T.Rump and Spicy are poster children for willful ignorance and the misapprehension of history (or the complete lack of apprehension of history altogether). And they’ve been in office for less than 90 days. What fresh hell will they bring tomorrow?

  • kennedy

    The best part of this in my opinion is Ashley Parker’s expressions. Probably because they match pretty closely what I was thinking as I tried to follow the press secretary.

  • chris

    The problem is who could Trump replace Spicy with? When you run an explicitly racist campaign from day one, a lot of the better qualified republicans would rather hang on to their dignity than work for Trump.