The Huffington Post reports that the National Memo’s Joe Conason criticized Joe Scarborough’s ambivalent attitude toward the Clintons by misquoting Churchill: “It’s what he said about the Hun, which is, ‘They’re either at your feet or at your throat.'”
“You just used a Winston Churchill quote to compare me to a Nazi because you don’t like the facts,” Scarborough replied.
“No, I didn’t compare you to a Nazi,” said Conason. “He wasn’t talking about the Nazis, he was talking about World War I. [The Huns] were not Nazis.”
Ah, all Huns are not Nazis, but in Churchill’s context, most Nazis were Huns! What joyful combination of red herrings this is…
Scarborough and Conason were both wrong. It was during World War II, not World War I (Churchill’s speech to Congress, 19 May 1943). but Churchill was quoting someone else—regarding the German Army, not the Nazis:
The proud German Army has once again proved the truth of the saying, “The Hun is always either at your throat or your feet….”
A great line, but no cigar for either pundit. Ref.: Churchill in His Own Words, 62.