Congresswoman Ilhan Omar pulled up a 2:20-minute George Carlin bit from 1992 that—28 years later—is more relevant than ever.
It’s no laughing matter 😞 pic.twitter.com/HNDmm2Q627— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) January 6, 2020
In his stand-up bit, Carlin says:
“That’s our new job in the world: bombing brown people. Iraq, Panama, Grenada, Libya, you got some brown people in your country, tell them to watch the f—k out or we’ll goddamn bomb them! Well when’s the last white people you can remember that we bombed? Can you remember the last white—can you remember ANY white people we’ve ever bombed? The Germans, those are the only ones and that’s only because they were trying to cut in on our action. They wanted to dominate the world! Bullsh—t! That’s our f—ing job!”
My favorite philosophy professor.
— Oscar fthem (@orteguistasALV) January 6, 2020
Miss George Carlin so much. He would not be very surprised by current events (he’s always had this country pegged), but he would have some interesting, cutting observations about Trump and the establishment that helped create him.
— LeftOfTheDial (@EricShapiro3) January 6, 2020
I can’t believe a member of Congress posted Carlin
I have no qualms with this
— Citizen of a Collapsing Empire (@Zhir_Vengerskye) January 6, 2020
Can’t believe you posted this and am also totally here for it
— cursed-dem wine cave (@kallllisti) January 6, 2020
Omar’s tweet with Carlin’s bit is a response to President Donald Trump’s recent actions. On Jan. 2, the United States Pentagon announced Iranian General Qassem Soleimani was killed in an airstrike. Trump then tweeted a threat targeting Iranian cultural sites.
Trump details his plans to hit non-military targets in Iran, a violation of the Geneva Conventions and a war crime https://t.co/ipjcMqGCNI— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) January 5, 2020
President Trump’s actions immediately put the world on edge, especially Iranian and American civilians.
In the past three days:— Robert Reich (@RBReich) January 7, 2020
—Trump threatened to bomb 52 Iranian cultural sites, a war crime
—The Defense Secretary’s chief of staff announced his resignation
—The Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair said a letter indicating U.S. troops would leave Iraq was not intended for public release
In the lead up to the Iraq war, there was far too little skepticism from many, particularly the press and the Democratic Party establishment, about what government officials were saying. I sense a very different mood today.— Dan Rather (@DanRather) January 5, 2020
It will never cease to disgust me that the people who gave us the Iraq War still haven’t suffered any consequences. Of course they’re gonna do it again if they know they get to walk free (with book deals) afterwards.— Caroline Orr (@RVAwonk) January 5, 2020
Trump's decision to escalate war with Iran is so disastrous that even Israel and Saudi Arabia don't want a part of it. Just let that sink in for a moment. Two countries that want nothing more than a regime change in Iran are like, "Nah, we're good."— Wajahat "Abu Khadija" Ali (@WajahatAli) January 6, 2020
Hours after Congresswoman Omar tweeted the Carlin clip, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced that the house will introduce “War Power Resolution,” which is aimed at restricting President Trump’s military actions.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announces the House will introduce and vote on a "War Powers Resolution to limit the President's military actions regarding Iran" https://t.co/4XoqNSxanb— CNN (@CNN) January 7, 2020
The resolution will be led by Rep. Elissa Slotkin of Michigan and “reasserts Congress’s long-established oversight responsibilities by mandating that if no further Congressional action is taken, the Administration’s military hostilities with regard to Iran cease within 30 days.”