March 11, 2004

If you share the faith, nothing else matters...

Max Boot has an interesting article, The Fringe Fires at Bush on Iraq, on a variety of people being quoted as experienced foreign affairs experts, without any explanation of where they really are coming from...

....Equally biased are the former CIA officers who call themselves Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity — a name that implies the administration, which they oppose, is insane. Ray Close, David MacMichael and Ray McGovern, who make up VIPS' steering committee, have many decades of intelligence experience among them, which is why they are often cited as sources by news organizations like the New York Times when they write stories about how the Bush team has run roughshod over "objective" CIA analysts.

What is seldom mentioned is where the VIPS-ters publish most of their anti-Bush screeds: on Counterpunch.org, a conspiracy-mongering website run by Nation columnist Alexander Cockburn. VIPS even has an e-mail address at Counterpunch, which is so extreme that it has run an article suggesting that the only major difference between George W. Bush and Adolf Hitler is that "Bush simply is not the orator that Hitler was."....

Not just wackos of the Left. Teddy Kennedy quoted as an experrt a retired Air Force officer without giving any hint that she was a turnstone of the far-right isolationist mudflats...
...Since her retirement in March 2003, she has become a prolific contributor to isolationist publications like the American Conservative, Pat Buchanan's magazine, and lewrockwell.com, an ultra-libertarian website. Pretty much all her work is devoted to uncovering "neoconservative warmongers" who have supposedly taken over U.S. foreign policy. ....
I'm continually amazed by the strange bedfellows of the great anti-Bush volkswanderung. Anyone's welcome under the blankets if they claim that "Bush lied." Teddy is chummy with a Paleo-con, and I've seen Libertarians quoting with bland approval crypto-socialists who, when the Revolution comes, will be herding them onto the first trains to the re-education multi-cultural camps.

Bush-hatred is taking on the flavor of some new religion.

Posted by John Weidner at March 11, 2004 7:42 AM
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