Eleanor Holmes Norton Claims Iraq War Most Catastrophic in 20th Century

Christine Rousselle

5/1/2014 12:59:00 PM - Christine Rousselle

Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District of Columbia's non-voting observer in Congress, said today that the invasion of Iraq was "perhaps the most catastrophic war of the twentieth century--invasion, by the United States of America."

Yikes.

As the Daily Caller pointed out, nearly everything Norton said was completely wrong.

The United States invaded Iraq in March 2003. The 20th century ended on December 31, 2000. The Iraq War has taken place in the 21st century. As the 21st century is not even a quarter completed, it also seems a bit premature to dub the Iraq War the "most catastrophic" conflict.

Furthermore, even if the Iraq War occurred in the 20th century, the devastation wrought by that war pales in comparison to, say, World War II or the Vietnam War.

Following Norton's remarks, the hashtag game #eleanorholmesnortonhistory began on Twitter to spoof her "historical" knowledge. Some highlights:

Historical accuracy is important.