Monday, October 29, 2007

Paul Krugman's Moonbat Extravaganza

In his opinion piece in the NYT today, Krugman hits on many of the moonbat talking points regarding Iran and Islamofascism in general. Let's do this in a checklist format:

Moonbat talking point #1: Scary "neocons" are threatening to take over US foreign policy. Here's Krugman:
Consider, for a moment, the implications of the fact that Rudy Giuliani is taking foreign policy advice from Norman Podhoretz, who wants us to start bombing Iran “as soon as it is logistically possible.”
Talking point #2: Islamofascism doesn't exist and is a term made up by scary neocons who want to use it for justification to go to war against Iran just as it was with Iraq. Krugman:
For one thing, there isn’t actually any such thing as Islamofascism — it’s not an ideology; it’s a figment of the neocon imagination. The term came into vogue only because it was a way for Iraq hawks to gloss over the awkward transition from pursuing Osama bin Laden, who attacked America, to Saddam Hussein, who didn’t.
#3 Iran had nothing to do with 9/11 and has in fact been helpful in the fight against Al Qaeda. This is similar to the claims that Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with Al Qaeda because his was a secular regime and therefore hated by Bin Laden. Here's Krugman again:
And Iran had nothing whatsoever to do with 9/11 — in fact, the Iranian regime was quite helpful to the United States when it went after Al Qaeda and its Taliban allies in Afghanistan.
Not only is that a mindless recycling of a talking point, but as pointed out here, it contradicts the 9/11 Commission report.

#4 Related to talking point #2 is the idea that Al Qaeda is an isolated group without ties to a larger phenomena. Here's Krugman responding to an ad put out by Mitt Romney:
He doesn’t say exactly who these jihadists are, but presumably he’s referring to Al Qaeda — an organization that has certainly demonstrated its willingness and ability to kill innocent people, but has no chance of collapsing the United States, let alone taking over the world.
#5 is the ever popular "Republicans just don't like brown people!"
Most Americans have now regained their balance. But the Republican base, which lapped up the administration’s rhetoric about the axis of evil and the war on terror, remains infected by the fear the Bushies stirred up — perhaps because fear of terrorists maps so easily into the base’s older fears, including fear of dark-skinned people in general.
Essentially Krugman is parroting the words of numerous other moonbats who believe that neocons want to go to war with Iraq/Iran for nefarious reasons and are using the fear of brown people as the pretext. If Mr. Krugman really doesn't know about Islamofascism he can consult this handy synopsis. That is if he's ready to examine the issue instead of establishing his moonbat cred.

h/t Tom McGuire and memeorandum