Thursday, March 22, 2007

Detroit likened to Iraq

Holy shit. I didn't realize it had gotten that bad in Iraq.

A Republican congressman representing rural southern Michigan is taking heat for saying that most of Iraq is at least as under control as Detroit is.

He's got a point. For all you foreigners not familiar with Detroit...he's got a point.

Freshman Rep. Tim Walberg's comments, made Monday on WILS-AM in Lansing, didn't sit well with Democrats -- who issued a news release Wednesday -- or the office of Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. "Any reference to Detroit as a war zone is absurd," said Matt Allen, the mayor's spokesman.

He was killed by a roadside bomb two hours later.

Walberg's spokesman, Matt Lahr, said the congressman "frequently shares sentiments expressed to him by the soldiers and veterans he meets." He wouldn't say whether a soldier or soldiers made the Detroit remark.

A little slight of hand, some spin, some hints at where the comment came from and BAM, you got yourself an excuse. Good work.


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