Rumblin', bumblin', stumblin' . . .
Trying to blame someone—anyone—other than his man Barack Obama for the security meltdown surrounding NWA 253, Ed Schultz ran head-first into history without a helmet tonight. Seeking to shift some of the onus onto England for not having alerted us about having denied young Umar entry into its country, Ed entertainingly claimed that the UK has probably been "our best ally since the country started."
Um, Ed: "since the country started"? You mean, like, when we started the country in 1776? When we declared our independence from, and fought a war against, uh, you know? That same "best ally" that—more than a third of a century later—we fought the War of 1812 against, in the course of which its forces occupied Washington, DC and burned down the White House?
Now it's true that for many years we have enjoyed a special relationship with the UK, one personified by the warm and respectful dealings between Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. One that was strained, however, when shortly after his inauguration PBO removed the bust of Winston Churchill from the Oval Office and sent it back to the Brits.
Before his run-in with American history, Schultz also played the blame-Bush card.
ED SCHULTZ: It appears to me that this has been a major wake-up call, that we got holes all throughout the system. We've got a lot of work to do, and the President alluded to the fact that the systems we've had in place for a long time are pretty much antiquated.
A bit later came Ed's rendezvous with history . . .
SCHULTZ: Well, how bout Great Britain? Great Britain denied him entry into the country. You would think that the Brits, which is, uh, historically probably about our best ally since the country started, we'd be able to share some information there with the Brits.