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Teresa!

Speaking out – but not about her tax returns (any news on that, Teresa?). Here’s a sample of what she said the other day in Pennsylvania.

“The Taliban is back running Afghanistan.”

No, Teresa, there’s a lot to do in Afghanistan, but the Taliban are not back in charge. Here’s what the BBC’s John Simpson, no friend of the administration’s foreign policy, had to say about the situation last weekend and, he, Teresa, was there.

“No American boy or girl should lose their lives for oil.”

Blood for oil, again.

“On 9/12 every single newspaper in the world said ‘We are all Americans.’

No, Teresa, they didn’t. While there was an enormous upsurge of sympathy across the world for the victims of 9/11, that did not necessarily translate into support for American policies. The belief that it did has become a modern myth. For a contrary view, lets take a quick look at what some in the media elite in the UK, the country closest to the US, were saying in the immediate aftermath of September, 11th 2001. Check out, for example, what Guardian columnist Charlotte Raven had to say on September 18th, 2001 or take a look at the goings-on at the BBC on September 13th – just two days after the slaughter of 9/11. There’s much more of the same for anyone who wants to look.

“Seldom do we think of security in terms of one’s job, one’s health care benefits, education.”

We Teresa? That’s easy for a billionairess to say. Most people in fact do think about their job, their healthcare and their children’s education, and they do so most of the time.

She’s not an asset, I feel.

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