Happy Sunday! I had every intention this morning to write about a different topic. Perhaps about illegal immigration or climate creationism. Or, about a lost blind, deaf, 3 legged dog being found. Or, how about France surrendering to driftwood? Alas, I made the mistake of typing nytimes.com in my browser bar, then clicking the “Opinion” hyperlink. I really should have known better. Because first is the Idiot known as Frank Rich: How Fox Betrayed Petraeus. After a recitation of Left Wing talking points, we get
Here’s what’s been lost in all the screaming. The prime movers in the campaign against the “ground zero mosque” just happen to be among the last cheerleaders for America’s nine-year war in Afghanistan. The wrecking ball they’re wielding is not merely pounding Park51, as the project is known, but is demolishing America’s already frail support for that war, which is dedicated to nation-building in a nation whose most conspicuous asset besides opium is actual mosques.
So, it’s all your fault that Obama’s war is seeing tanking approval. It couldn’t have anything to do with a rising death toll and his 1 year and done plan, could it? Nope, gotta be the mosque.
So virulent is the Islamophobic hysteria of the neocon and Fox News right — abetted by the useful idiocy of the Anti-Defamation League, Harry Reid and other cowed Democrats — that it has also rendered Gen. David Petraeus’s last-ditch counterinsurgency strategy for fighting the war inoperative. How do you win Muslim hearts and minds in Kandahar when you are calling Muslims every filthy name in the book in New York?
Islamophobia? Check. Neocon? Check? Fox News? Check. You are all to blame for any Afghanistan failures for being against this “cultural center.”The rest of the unhinged op-ed goes exactly the way you think it would.
Let’s move on to woo woo woo woo woo hey Mo! Dowd: Going Mad in Herds
The country is having some weird mass nervous breakdown, with the right spreading fear and disinformation that is amplified by the poisonous echo chamber that is the modern media environment.
The dispute over the Islamic center has tripped some deep national lunacy. The unbottled anger and suspicion concerning ground zero show that many Americans haven’t flushed the trauma of 9/11 out of their systems — making them easy prey for fearmongers.
If you guessed that the entire thing is an emotional polemic, have yourself another mug of grog (too early for tequila). But, hey, Mo says to just freakin’ move on from that 9/11 thing, ‘taint no thing. She also goes on to mention Rush Limbaugh and how he calls Obama “Imam Obama,” proving once again how easy he can tweak liberal noses, since they don’t get it. Even when explained to them that it is meant to tweak liberal noses. But, hey, you folks against the Cordoba Project are all lunatics and fear mongers. Always a good thing to call over 60% of the American population names, eh? Humorously, Mo includes this
As Daniel Patrick Moynihan said, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.”
Perhaps she should read her own op-ed, and alert Frank Rich. Or the not to be outdone Nicholas Kristof: Taking Bin Laden’s Side
Is there any doubt about Osama bin Laden’s position on the not-at-ground-zero mosque?
Osama abhors the vision of interfaith harmony that the proposed Islamic center represents. He fears Muslim clerics who can cite the Koran to denounce terrorism.
It’s striking that many American Republicans share with Al Qaeda the view that the West and the Islamic world are caught inevitably in a “clash of civilizations.” Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born cleric who recruits jihadis from his lair in Yemen, tells the world’s English-speaking Muslims that America is at war against Islam. You can bet that Mr. Awlaki will use the opposition to the community center and mosque to try to recruit more terrorists.
In short, the proposed community center is not just an issue on which Sarah Palin and Osama bin Laden agree. It is also one in which opponents of the center are playing into the hands of Al Qaeda.
So, if you are against the Cordoba Project, you are now on the same side as Osama and the Islamist jihadis. Raise your hand if you think Nicky has been getting larger than normal hate mail since that screed was published yesterday, and will be getting even more once people who get the print edition get to the Opinion section, as all three op-ed’s were meant for Sunday publication. Nothing like comparing over 60% of Americans to Osama.
Today’s crusaders against the Islamic community center are promoting a similar paranoid intolerance, and one day we will be ashamed of it.
I won’t. How about you? No? Alright, then. Here are the facts for you idiot liberal supporters……you know what? Forget it. The 60% percent of Americans who are against the mosque being built two blocks away from Ground Zero, in a building that was actually hit by debris, know what the deal is. Yes, a tiny, tiny percent are unhinged in their anti-mosque opinions. That’s life. Most know what the deal is: we understand that they have the right to build it there, but, we wish they wouldn’t. If the people, such as Imam Rauf, were truly interested in building bridges, reaching out, healing, etc, they would have long ago understood that building the center at that spot was a Bad Idea. Obviously, after all the furor, they do not care, which puts their motives into question.
It goes without say that Mo, Frank, and Nicky are Al Franken’s kind of people, namely, lying liars who tell lies. These supposed “intellectual betters” have to assign motives that do not exist over what is not a complicated issue. They must continuously reframe their arguments, because to say “hey, we think America is mean and evil, and caused 9/11, so, hey, let’s put a big Islamic center right near Ground Zero” is not really a winning argument. So, they use their typical emotional based screeds. Liberals usually can’t tell their real positions, as they are mostly highly unpopular among the American People.