Originally Posted by Sulla the Dictator
That is not only false, it is dumb. Maybe you hear people in a bar talking like that, but the notion that conservatives have seriously discussed exterminating the Muslim populations of these places is just stupid.
Can something be both true and dumb? When it comes to Republicans, yes, I would say it can. This is one of those times. And you're right: it is dumb the things that were said by Republicans.
But let's make no mistake: Among the base, the GOP rank and file to whom I was primarily but not exclusively referring, the language of mass murder of Arabs was exceedingly normal during the past ten years -- especially as the Bush War in Iraq floundered into disaster between 2004-2006. Many conservatives responded to the unfolding embarassment and disaster with the quite serious question "why don't we just nuke the place?" Or "turn it into a parking lot?" Or at the very least, allow the troops to "take off the handcuffs and really engage the enemy?," which meant slaughter even more people than they were already slaughtering.
But, of course, this "stupid" rhetoric was by no means limited to the Bush years: pretty much any time we get into any conflict (hot or cold) with anyone, the conservative base responds with the same fantasies of mass violence.
It's just who your people are.