Stasi: Hopefuls offer nonsense after Belgium attacks

Stasi: Hopefuls offer nonsense after Belgium attacks

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Donald Trump and the rest of the presidential candidates had only nonsense to offer after the Belgium attacks.John Locher/AP

Donald Trump and the rest of the presidential candidates had only nonsense to offer after the Belgium attacks.

Yesterday’s horrific terrorist attacks in Belgium brought out the worst of the worst among the worst crop of presidential candidates in our nation’s history.

As Belgium suffered death, pain, immeasurable injury to life and limb by ISIS terrorists, each of our presidential candidates used the tragedy for political gain. Some used it to criticize President Obama, as though the President of the United States is at fault for attacks in Europe, some to remind us that keeping foreigners out will keep us safe.

Meantime, despite the fear mongering, remember that under President Obama, 16 deadly terrorist attacks have been thwarted. And the 10 successful terrorist attacks (not everyone agrees that all were actually that) were almost all perpetrated by American citizens, not undocumented aliens. Some of these Americans were radicalized Muslims, some white supremacists, one an anti-abortionist.

Ted Cruz and other presidential hopefuls used the Belgium attacks for political gain.John Locher/AP

Ted Cruz and other presidential hopefuls used the Belgium attacks for political gain.

The Washington Post recently pointed out that in the U.S. “an individual’s likelihood of being hurt or killed by a terrorist (Islamist radical or some other variety) is negligible.”


Meantime, during Obama’s presidency there have been more than 102 school shootings and more than one mass murder per day — but none of the candidates seem to fear monger about the crazies with guns among us. Instead Donald Trump, who — in case you forgot for 10 seconds — is the Republicans’ No. 1 candidate, said yesterday, “Frankly, the waterboarding, if it was up to me, and if we changed the laws or had the laws, waterboarding would be fine.” Must have learned this in prep school.

Ted Cruz proclaimed: “For over seven years we have had a President who refuses to acknowledge this reality.”

Then reprehensively, “We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.” Hateful self-promotion and bigotry disguised as political profundity. John Kasich announced, “We must utterly reject the use of deadly acts of terror” that attack “our very way of life and against the democratic values upon which our political systems have been built.” Huh?

Bernie Sanders offered no ideas on how to beat ISIS after the attacks in Brussels.Matt Mills McKnight/Getty Images

Bernie Sanders offered no ideas on how to beat ISIS after the attacks in Brussels.

“We have to intensify our effort to find and prevent terrorists from ever doing this again,” Hillary Clinton said. “We’ve got to tighten our security.” This from the candidate who was secretary of state during Benghazi.


Bernie Sanders offered, “Today’s attack is a brutal reminder that the international community must come together to destroy ISIS. This type of barbarism cannot be allowed to continue.” Right, good. Any ideas?

Here’s one idea to keep in mind as we face voting for politicians more interested in scaring us, creating disunity and shutting down the government than running a country: Twice in the last decade, Belgium’s opposing parties created such disunity and chaos that the government shut down — once for 20 months — leaving the country free to become a hotbed for radical terrorists. The U.S. shutdown so far has created a hotbed for political hotheads who want to govern by fear. We’re so much better and braver than that.

The Clintons are now worth $  110 million thanks, in part, to Monica Lewinsky's antics with former President Bill Clinton.Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

The Clintons are now worth $ 110 million thanks, in part, to Monica Lewinsky’s antics with former President Bill Clinton.


Oral sex has become the most expensive — and lucrative — sex act in the U.S. The coin of the realm.

Think about it. Gawker must now pay Hulk Hogan 140 million big ones for his best friend’s wife’s big move on Hulk’s (allegedly) big, ah, ego, which Gawker posted.

Kim Kardashians’ oral sex move on Ray J, which was released by Vivid Entertainment, was such an embarrassment to her that she ended up suing the company for $ 5 million. It was a move that also launched her on a selfie-snapping, naked-and-not career now worth $ 85 million.


Monica Lewinsky’s below-the-desk antics on President Bill Clinton cost us taxpayers $ 65 million in investigative and impeachment costs. It cost Monica her reputation forever, but the Clintons, er, came out on top, and are now worth even more than Kim — $ 110 million.


How embarrassing.

President Obama went to Cuba on a mission of openness, and he and President Raul Castro ended up being the focus of the closed-door policies of Cuba.

When a reporter asked Castro about political prisoners he snapped, “Give me a list of the political prisoners and I will release them immediately.” Then, “It’s not correct to ask me about political prisoners.”

President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro on Monday.ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images

President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro on Monday.

Castro then turned to Obama and brought up Guantanamo Bay and said it should be returned to Cuba. How crazy is it that the base for our worst political prisoners — held there without trial — is in a country that does the same?

And, more bizarrely, these most dangerous political prisoners were kept by us in the one country we haven’t had relations with for over 50 years.


Cesar Gonzales-Mugaburu, who for decades took in foster boys — the most vulnerable of children — and allegedly kept them in a house of horrors, repeatedly molesting them, forcing those in his care to watch him have sex with a dog, and keeping them locked up or standing outside in the cold, doesn’t deserve to live. And he probably won’t for long in prison.

That being said, how in hell did the New York City Administration for Children’s Services keep giving children to this monster who never seemed to even have a job, but lived in a nice house — thanks to the big bucks he raked in from taking in children. Everyone involved needs to pay for colluding in his terror.


Just in case Donald Trump loses and she doesn’t get that doggarned seat on that whatchamacallit, Supreme Court, Sarah Palin has decided to try her hand at making it big on the “gutless lamestream media.” Again. No, not on that last chance saloon for has-beens, “Dancing with the Stars,” aka “Dancing with the Desperate,” but as the next Judge Judy. If the show makes it to the air, the legal question remains: What will Palin’s viewers get for their pain and suffering?


Just when you thought for sure we didn’t have Richard Nixon to kick around anymore, another of his slimy advisers’ old confessions surfaces and we get to dig the dead President back up again.

John Ehrlichman, who died 16 years ago, told writer Dan Baum of Harpers decades ago, “We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news.”

Sounds like a current presidential debate.


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