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An Anti-Anti-Holocaust Denier Lauds An Intellectual Fraud

September 29, 2009
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What, me worry about Ahmadinejad?

Last night’s MSNBC lineup provided a trifecta of reasons why people dismiss that network’s “news analysis”: the intellect of the show’s host, the insight of his guest, and the reputation of a “scholar” whom the guest referenced. In this case, Ed Schultz interviewed a man who encouraged us to think the best of a Holocaust Denier and cited a “scholar” who turned in an intellectually bankrupt review of a book I co-wrote with David Horowitz, Party of Defeat.

On “The Ed Show” last night, Schultz discussed the Iranian nuclear program with Matthew Duss, a senior policy researcher for the George Soros-funded Center for American Progress (CAP). Duss opened with the illuminating opinion that the Iranians launched their recent missile tests because they “were put on their back foot by President Obama’s roll-out of the intelligence about their secret nuclear facility near Qom, and they clearly felt that they needed some demonstration of strength to put them in a better position going into negotiations.” This is the same Iranian leader who, earlier this month, told the international press for the millionth time, “the nuclear question is finished. We will not negotiate over Iran’s undeniable rights.” Can any mature person believe Ahmadinejad or the ruling mullahs care about negotiations, beyond extending them long enough to acquire a doomsday device? To the extent they have any impact on “negotiations,” it would be to make Russian opposition to increased sanctions untenable (although Russia is holding to its position).

Schultz then rolled footage of Sen. Lindsay Graham’s assessment of the Iranian leadership:

Lindsay Graham: I’ve got one rule of thumb: if the president of a country denies the Holocaust, you should believe the worst, not the best, about what they’re doing. Clearly they’re hiding nuclear programs for a purpose. They’re trying to develop a nuclear weapon, and if they are successful the Sunni Arab states in the region will want a nuclear weapon, Israel becomes much at risk, and we’re walking down the road to Armageddon.

Duss: (Deep, Al Gore-like sigh).

Schultz: I never heard this nine months ago when Bush was around. A lot of things have changed. What’s your thoughts on that?

Duss: As my friend, the international relations scholar Robert Farley says, “Every country has its neo-cons,” and Iranian neo-cons and American neo-cons can always be counted on to kind of always talk about the worst case scenarios and expect and assume the worst about their adversaries.

Holocaust Denial does not so much assume as confirm the worst about a person. However, I would go a step further than Senator Graham: If the president of a country believes “Israel must be wiped off the map,” dreams it is “possible for us to witness a world without America,” supported terrorists killing Americans in Iraq, may be interfering in Afghanistan, is a client of North Korea’s nuclear program, is being begged to export his nuclear technology to Venezuela, has forged ties with extremist Shi’ites to radicalize democratic and pluralistic Lebanon, is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, and is headed by a religious fanatic who believes he is ushering in the end-times, the logical conclusion is not rosy.

I suppose that qualifies me as a “neo-con,” in the same way Iran’s mullahs are “neo-cons.” (Did he say that? Out loud?)  These thoughts landed Duss a job at CAP and as a blogger at The American Prospect (TAP).

Over at TAP, Duss has written that it was “shameful” John McCain did not treat Hamas and Hezbollah more “charitably” when describing them as unfit to govern, insisted the Surge is “not even close” to “victory,” and thought Obama was oh-so-cagy to offer only the most tepid condemnation of the Iranian police beating pro-democracy protesters.

What perked my ears up was his mention of “international relations expert Robert Farley,” both the strangely incongruent words and the way he seemed pained to pronounce them, as though aware he doth protest too much. The name woke me up, because David Horowitz and I had an exchange — I can’t call it a debate or conversation — with Robert Farley (also of TAP) just under a year ago when he “reviewed” our book Party of Defeat. You can read Robert Farley’s lazy effort and our demolition of it here.

Our readers commented on the poor quality of Farley’s essay (and mind). Donald Douglas of American Power blog had an outstanding critique of Farley’s “review” and a subsequent take down of Farley’s snarky cover story.

Unfortunately, these are examples of what pass for “international relations scholars” on the Left now, and it explains a lot.

  1. Michael van der Galien permalink
    September 29, 2009 3:11 pm

    I suppose that qualifies me as a “neo-con,” in the same way Iran’s mullahs are “neo-cons.” (Did he say that? Out loud?) These thoughts landed Duss a job at CAP and as a blogger at The American Prospect.

    That’s typical for these organizations. Just say something outrageous about (neo)conservatives and you’re in. They feed on hatred and contempt.

    • In the know permalink
      September 29, 2009 3:21 pm

      Imagine that man sitting in front of you lecturing. I could not take him seriously, could you? Now, contemplate what the evil, maniacle dictators see…a wimp. The same wimp they kicked around in school. Seriously? Why is it a country that produced the likes of George S. Patton, Blackjack Pershing, Davey Crocket, Daniel Boone, etc… Let such weenies speak for them. WAKE UP MEN OF AMERICA!!!

  2. Cas Balicki permalink
    September 29, 2009 6:35 pm

    Clearly, the secret to getting Iran to disarm is to kill all the neoc0ns. How could we ignorant PoMoCons have missed it. Any past referances to my neoconism are the product of a fevered mind, and should be ignored.

    • September 29, 2009 6:49 pm

      Are you now or have you ever been a neocon (American or Iranian)?

  3. Mike Quigley permalink
    September 30, 2009 7:07 am

    Summed it up quite nicely, Ben. Nice job.

  4. Joseph White permalink
    September 30, 2009 8:54 pm

    I don’t understand how anyone can deny the holocaust. The German people, the ones who got snookered by Hitler have made it a crime to deny the holocaust. They know what they’ve done, and freely admit it, are ashamed of it, and never want it to happen again.
    The US Soldiers who freed the camps know it’s true, and the British know it’s true, the French know it’s true. Even the Russians know it’s true. It seems that the only people who don’t believe it or deny it, are the islamofasicts, even though they worked side by side with Hitler and wanted to do the same thing in Arabia back then.

    Then again, like liberalism, maybe facism is a mental disease, that cause denial of truth, and loss of memory.

  5. Joy permalink
    October 1, 2009 9:45 am

    I like the image of Patton & all the military heros just making mincemeat of the Mullahs… Oh, it was only a dream. I forget. Barry, the world’s fool, is in charge. (By “fool,” I’m not using the Shakespearean meaning – as in, “the fool,” who, of course, is the only one in the room – or the kingdom – speaking wisely; the only one who sees through all the insanity and TRUE foolishness – and weeps…)

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