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“The bomb that fell on Pearl Harbor,” forsooth.

You'd think that he'd have better speechwriters by now.

Here’s the quote – yes, of course it’s Barack Obama and his apparent Natsec Ignorance Field. You had to ask?

Throughout our history, America’s confronted constantly evolving danger, from the oppression of an empire, to the lawlessness of the frontier, from the bomb that fell on Pearl Harbor, to the threat of nuclear annihilation. Americans have adapted to the threats posed by an ever-changing world.

And here’s Dean Barnett’s well-aimed sneer regarding it:

Aaah yes – “the bomb that fell on Pearl Harbor.” Who can forget that? It was the big one, the one that took out all those boats. I guess Obama’s political correctness prevents him from noting someone actually dropped “the bomb” and it didn’t just fall.

This is a surprising error for a Hawaii native (via the great Kansas heartland) to make. Perhaps Obama was merely confused, as he and his surrogates so often accuse John McCain of being.

My turn after the fold.First off, I think that Dean’s making a slight mistake: it’s unlikely that this represents direct personal ignorance on Obama’s part. After all, it’s not like anybody would actually let the junior Senator from Illniois write his own speeches. We’ve got quite the history by now of what happens when the man has to talk on his own, which is the major reason why he ran away like a scared rabbit at the very hint of actually having to participate in unscripted town hall meetings with McCain. So he probably didn’t come up with this howler on his own…

…but he really should have caught it. Or somebody really should have caught it. “{T}he bomb that fell on Pearl Harbor” is at best a decidedly clumsy way of putting things: in this culture, when someone talks about a singular-bomb falling on a specific place, he’s not trying to evoke the image of Coventry. He’s trying to evoke the image of Hiroshima. This rather bald statement will make the Obama supporters pout, whine, and try to explain, but at the end of the day it really is at best, ah, an inartful thing to say. At worst it’s merely yet another one of the results of our marvelously inept public school system, not to mention a reminder that progressives don’t like to read history books. For the record, I’m guessing that it was the former; I’m a charitable sort, and I’d like to think that a sitting US Senator and his staff were merely being exceedingly sloppy, instead of pig-ignorant about elementary details of modern American history.

I suppose that what all this comes back to is what many people have noticed about the Obama campaign: they’re exceptionally arrogant sorts. They surely understand that the American public does not assume that Democrats know anything about national security, thus making it necessary for them to be twice as careful than the GOP on avoiding obvious natsec and military-related gaffes. At least, again, I hope so, for essentially the same reason as above. But if they understand this, they seem to not particularly care: because this isn’t the first time that they’ve opened themselves up to criticism like this, and it certainly won’t be the last.

All of which would be unimportant, no doubt, if it was October and Obama was ahead by 12. It being July and +4.8 (translation: early, and not promising for him), well…

Moe Lane

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