My first thought when I read about President Obama swapping prisoners with the Taliban — honestly, my very first thought — was “I can’t wait for Ollie North to attack him for negotiating with terrorists.” And right on cue, here he is displaying that staggering law of self-awareness that is so common on the right:
Did you hear that? It’s the sound of a million irony meters crying out in anguish and then being silenced forever. Let’s recount a bit of history, shall we? Ollie North was the Reagan administration operative who orchestrated the entire Iran-Contra deal. He sold thousands of TOW missiles to Iran, in direct contravention of the law, in order to get them to pressure terrorists in Lebanon to release hostages. He then used the money from that sale to fund another group of terrorists, the Contras in Nicaragua, also in direct contravention of the law. If we could turn chutzpah into energy, this hypocritical asshole could power the entire planet forever.