Once again an American politician makes his country look ridiculous in the eyes of the world. That not all the goons are Republicans, case was proved this week when Democratic Congressman Silvestro Reyes of Texas, chosen by Nancy Pelosi to chair the house intelligence committee, charged with the oversight of the CIA, stammered and stuttered and managed to look exceedingly foolish when asked simple questions by a reporter, such as: is al Qaeda a Sunni or Shia organization, and, what is Hezbollah?
Reyes was horribly wrong on both counts.
Apparently, he is not alone. Jeff Stein, a contributor to the political magazine, Congressional Quarterly, reports that two Republican committee members were also stumped by simple questions concerning Islam and the Middle East.
Should America expect more from its politicians?
Probably not. How many ordinary Americans, one wonders, could answer such questions correctly? How many even care?
American politicians undoubtedly reflect many of the people they represent.
Just another nail in the coffin of respect for this nation, so far as the rest of the world is concerned.
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