- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 29, 2008

It plays in Iran

One of Sen. Barack Obama’s 300 foreign-policy advisers is accusing Sen. John McCain and people close to him of favoring World War IV.

Former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski made the accusation in an interview with the Huffington Post on Friday. Conservative blogger Jammie-Wearing Fool took note with a few eye rolls and also noted the irony of one media outlet picking up Mr. Brzezinski’s words - Iran News Daily.

“Brzezinski described McCain’s presidency as an ‘appalling concept,’ as it would lead to World War IV,” the Iranian newspaper reported. “‘Well, if McCain is president and if his Secretary of State is Joe Lieberman and his Secretary of Defense is [Rudolph W.] Giuliani, we will be moving towards the World War IV that they have been both favoring and predicting,’ Brzezinski cautioned,” according to the paper.

The JWF said: “Always nice to see one of Jimmy Carter’s hacks saying something stupid for international consumption.”

Dry pandering

Mr. McCain has been a longtime advocate of “comprehensive immigration reform,” gave summer speeches to multiple Hispanic groups and has “open-borders” advocates on his team.

Yet despite all that, Mr. Obama has opened a 40-point lead among registered Hispanic voters in the latest Pew survey, See-Dubya notes, substituting for Michelle Malkin for much of the weekend at her site.

The headline: “Hey, how´s all that Hispandering working out for McCain?”

A tipsy-conservative site chimed in: “Once again we see that McCain´s championing of amnesty for illegal aliens was all for naught. Alas, he still doesn´t seem to be able to learn that simple fact.”

Hope mongering

Fans of Mr. Obama are showing their presidential candidate the downside of letting people set up blogs on your site.

We’ve already reported in this space on the long-unnoticed spoof sites - Al Qaeda for Obama and Jemaah Islamiyah for Obama - set up at the Communities page of my.barackobama.com.

Now conservative bloggers are taking note of Alzheimer’s jokes about Mr. McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee - and they’re getting the “screen captures” to prove it.

Gateway Pundit noted a July 1 post at Steve Peters’ blog, whose owner posts under the moniker Hussein the Hope Monger. The post showed a picture of Mr. McCain’s campaign bus under the headline “The Good Thing About Alzheimer’s” and an Associated Press story in which Mr. McCain jokes about his age and electability.

“If such a vile attack was ever posted on a Republican website it would be the end of that politician’s political career. Then again, if any conservative ever had a racist anti-Semitic pastor for 20 years he’d already be gone,” wrote a disgusted Gateway Pundit.

Blogger Grizzly Groundswell noted another post, dated June 13 at Angels of Hope, at which the pro-Obama blogger named, and we’re not making this up, “dreams of peace (who is ready to slap hillary clinton with some arugula).” This post linked to a YouTube video of John McCain that the arugula-slapping blogger thinks is both “funny” and proof “John Mccain is unelectable - he has the symptoms of early alzheimer’s disease.”

Both posts were taken down Sunday, presumably by or under the orders of the Obama Web team, though they had been on the Obama Communities site for weeks. Hussein the Hope Monger still had at least a half-dozen July posts that attacked the 71-year-old Mr. McCain over his age or his supposed drooling, forgetful senility (and we have the screen captures).


Liberal criticism of Fox News is getting Nas-ty.

“The rapper with the #1 album in the country is waging war on Fox News, in a new campaign backed by black activists at ColorOfChange.org, liberal bloggers and even Bill O’Reilly’s alter-ego, Stephen Colbert,” writes Ari Melber at one of the blogs of the liberal magazine the Nation.

“On Wednesday, the rapper Nas led a small rally at NewsCorp’s midtown Manhattan headquarters, in an effort to deliver 600,000 signatures from citizens protesting biased and racist programming by Fox. Fox refused the petitions, so Nas took his campaign to ‘The Colbert Report’ on Wednesday night, where he blasted O’Reilly and performed his new song, ‘Sly Fox,’ which skewers the channel,” Mr. Melber writes at the Notion.

“With his trademark staccato delivery, Nas contrasts criticism of violent entertainment to U.S. foreign policy. (“They say I’m all about murder-murder and kill-kill … What about Cheney and Halliburton? The backdoor deals on oil fields.”)” the Nation writer said, comparing the song’s chorus to “Democracy Now! meets Dr. Dre.”

God’s instrument

Katherine Mangu-Ward at the Reason magazine blog Hit and Run asks everyone to play “Guess the Divinely-Inspired Politician,” citing the following prayer that one had written but had been surreptitiously found and then widely reported.

“Lord - Protect my family and me. Forgive me my sins, and help me guard against pride and despair. Give me the wisdom to do what is right and just. And make me an instrument of your will,” the prayer reads.

“The words are Obama’s,” Ms. Mangu-Ward writes. “As is traditional, he placed a small scrap of paper bearing the prayer in the cracks of Jerusalem’s Western Wall on his visit there this week. In an act that might be called warrantless wiretapping on a phone call to God, someone pulled the note and handed it off to an Israeli paper, which published it.

“So far, coverage has been very low key, with most stories emphasizing the serious party foul involved in stealing someone’s prayer. My question: What if the same note had come from George Bush’s pen? One can only imagine the headlines: ‘President Sees Self as “Instrument’ of God’s Will!”’”


Paul Bedard’s Washington Whispers blog for U.S. News & World Report broke some surprising news: Mr. Obama was protected by the private security firm Blackwater on his recent trip to Afghanistan and Iraq.

“Whispers confirms that Blackwater did handle the Democratic presidential candidate’s security in Afghanistan and helped out in Iraq. What’s more, Obama was overheard saying: ‘Blackwater is getting a bad rap,’” Mr. Bedard wrote.

“From whom did Blackwater get a bad rap?” asks an incredulous Karl at Protein Wisdom.

“From the politician who said they run amok and erode the core of our military´s relationship to the nation, despite evidence showing the contractor´s actions in the highly-publicized Nisoor Square shooting incident may not be a crime at all?” Karl asked rhetorically.

His item included links to articles that quote Mr. Obama bragging about having introduced legislation to rein in contractors and saying Blackwater had been able to “run amok” in Iraq and was eroding the principle that the government has a monopoly on legitimate violence.

“Perhaps those attacks were just more ‘inartful’ and ‘overheated’ rhetoric from the pol who sought to establish his diplomatic cred this past week,” Karl suggested.

By Victor Morton

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