PI Original Adam Doster Monday January 12th, 2009, 11:01am

Kirk's Idea Of Diplomacy: "It's Time To Take Out The Trash" In Gaza

While Israel's recent incursion into Gaza is a thorny issue and one beyond our purview here at Progress Illinois, I think there's one thing we can all agree on:
in times of crisis, when bombs are flying abroad and innocent civilians are being killed and maimed, diplomacy is ...

While Israel’s recent incursion into Gaza is a thorny issue and one beyond our purview here at Progress Illinois, I think there's one thing we can all agree on: in times of crisis, when bombs are flying abroad and innocent civilians are being killed and maimed, diplomacy is more important than ever. That’s what makes this quote from GOP Rep. Mark Kirk last week at a pro-Israel rally in D.C. so upsetting:

U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Reps. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Frank Wolf (R-Va.) all also strongly backed the Jewish state’s actions at the hourlong rally.

“To misquote Shakespeare, something is rotten in Gaza and now it’s time to take out the trash,” Kirk said.

Ellen of the Tenth, who tipped us off to the quote, has the right take:

One of the reasons we elected Barack Obama president was to rehabilitate our reputation in the world. I don’t think Mark Kirk is the guy we can rely upon to help do that. We cannot hold him up as a world leader when he shows no regard whatsoever for the people of the world.

UPDATE: VoteVets' Brandon Friedman has more over at DailyKos.

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