Friday, July 21, 2006

Rick Santorum - Total Nutjob

From Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum:

"Remember, Islamic extremists fought the West over the course of a thousand
years to their high-water mark outside the gates of Vienna. The siege of Vienna
lasted until September 1683 — September 11, 1683 — the next day the united West
triumphed."

While it is true that the Battle of Vienna took place on September 12, as Matt Yglesias points out historians place the Siege of Vienna of 1529 as the highwater mark of the expansion of the Ottoman Turks.

But let's not quibble over semantics.

Shouldn't it bother people that a U.S. Senator is possibly basing policy judgments on coincidental dates nearly 400 years apart?

What next? Nostradamus?

1 comment:

Steve said...

"It takes a Family" to raise an idiot, I guess.