I can’t find a link to this yet (Update: here it is...), but Alison Hawkes of the Bucks County Courier Times reported this morning that Rick Santorum issued this pronouncement in defending the Iraq war (referencing the “Lord of the Rings” stories by J.R.R. Tolkien, apparently during a meeting with the Courier Times editorial board, who I’m sure took him seriously):
“As the hobbits are going up Mount Doom, the Eye of Mordor is being drawn somewhere else,” Santorum said, describing the tool the evil Lord Sauron used in search of the magical ring that would consolidate his power over Middle-earth.Keep it up, Ricky (what a sight it is to watch him go down in flames…I give Mr. Casey Jr. credit for showing more spunk than I thought he had.)
“It’s being drawn to Iraq and it’s not being drawn to the U.S.,” Santorum continued. “You know what? I want to keep it on Iraq. I don’t want the Eye to come back here to the United States.”
A spokesman for Democratic opponent Bob Casey Jr. questioned the appropriateness of the analogy.
“You have to really question the judgment of a U.S. senator who compares the war in Iraq to a fantasy book,” said Casey spokesman Larry Smar. “This is just like when he said Kim Jong Il isn’t a threat because he just wants to watch NBA basketball.”
According to a Harrisburg Patriot-News editorial, Santorum said the North Korea dictator “doesn’t want to die: he wants to watch NBA basketball” as a reason why Iran is the biggest nuclear threat.”
And by the way, ThinkProgress brings us this assessment from The Liar-In-Chief (I, however, prefer to live in the real world, ugly as that is at times).
And by the way, speaking of reality in Iraq...
Update 10/19: This is one YouTube video I will DEFINITELY check out later (re: the comments above by Senator Man-On-Dog).