Yes, folks, Ted Rall is on fire, as he rockets in to the lead for Idiotarian of the Year, 2003. He’s written a memo promoting the mindset of the death squads in Iraq. Many others have already posted to lay down the smackie on this subject, both on Rall himself and the crowd who run with him.
I’ll point out that Rall’s idiocy is not just his delusional world view or hatred for the country that shelters him. Even simple facts elude his mental grasp. For instance, he writes
As casualties and expenditures rise, the costs will outweigh the economic and political benefits of occupation. Soon the American public will note that the anticipated five-year price tag of $500 billion, with a probable loss of some 4,000 lives and 10,000 wounded, is not a reasonable price to pay to get our 2.5 million barrels of oil flowing to the West each month. This net increase, of just 0.23 percent of total OPEC production, will not reduce U.S. gasoline prices.
Let’s see. First he messes up and uses “our … oil” instead of “their … oil”. But even more egregious is that he claims that Iraq produces 2.5 million barrels of oil per month. Sorry, dude, it’s already at 2 million barrels per day. The rate was 2.5 million barrels per day before the invasion.
It is little details like this that make Rall such a fierce competitor for this award. After losing last year to Jimmy Carter, Rall seems determined to come out on bottom this year.