One of Kos’s recommended diarists, a moonbat who signs himself as “Maccabee,” yesterday leaked a report on current US war preparations supposedly originating from the horse’s mouth.
I have a friend who is an LSO on a carrier attack group that is planning and staging a strike group deployment into the Gulf of Hormuz. (LSO: Landing Signal Officer- she directs carrier aircraft while landing) She told me we are going to attack Iran. She said that all the Air Operation Planning and Asset Tasking are finished. That means that all the targets have been chosen, prioritized, and tasked to specific aircraft, bases, carriers, missile cruisers and so forth.
I asked her why she is telling me this.
Her answer was really amazing.
“I have become cynical only recently. I also donâ€™t believe anyone will be able to stop this. Bush has become something of an Emperor. He will give the command, and cruise missiles will fly and aircraft will fly and people will die, and yet few of us here are really able to cobble together a great explanation of why this is a good idea. Of course many of us can give you the 4H Club lecture on democracy in the Mid East. But if you asked any of the flight officers whether they have a clear idea of what the goal of this strike is, your answer would sound like something out of a think tank policy paper. But itâ€™s not like Kosovo or when we relieved the tsunami victims. There everyone could tell you in a sentence what we were here doing.â€
â€œThatâ€™s whatâ€™s missing. A real sense of purpose. Whatâ€™s missing is the answer to what the hell are we doing out here threatening this country with all this power? Last night in the galley, an ensign asked what right do we have to tell a sovereign nation that they canâ€™t build a nuke. I mean the table got EF Hutton quiet. Not so much because the man was asking a question that was off culture. But that he was asking a good question. In fact, the discussion actually followed afterwards topside where someone in our group had to smoke a cigarette. The discussion was intelligent but also in lowered voices. Itâ€™s like we arenâ€™t allowed to ask the questions that we always ask before combat. Itâ€™s almost as if the average seaman or soldier is doing all the policy work.”
The right side of the blogosphere got right to work on this one.
Confederate Yankee I Love the Smell of Daily Kos in the Morning.
Neptunus Lex Hoisting the (BS) Flag.
Itâ€™s no surprise that there are serial liars and embellishers on the interwebs. What should be noted is that their lies and embellishments can be utterly transparent and repetitive, and yet be accepted as fact time and again by the audience for whom they confirm basic prejudices. Take, for example, one pseudonymous fellow at DailyKos who goes by â€œMaccabee.â€ He claimed to meet a Romanian cabbie who told him to leave Bushâ€™s tyrannical America; he claimed to meet a Holocaust survivor who told him that Bushâ€™s America resembles Nazi Germany; he claimed to meet another cabbie, Ugandan this time, who told him that Bushâ€™s America is worse than Idi Aminâ€™s Uganda; he claimed to have received a phone call from Balad, Iraq, revealing that the majority of the American Armyâ€™s mechanized strength is â€œout of commissionâ€; and today, he claimed to have received a telephone call from an American aircraft carrier on deployment, revealing that the United States Navy is about to attack Iran (This item has been deleted from Daily Kos -JDZ). Oh, and he also learned that the naval rank and file detest George W. Bush, too. That â€œMaccabeeâ€ is a habitual liar is obvious enough: whatâ€™s more ridiculous than his fables is that they are nearly always Recommended Diaries at DailyKos. The reality-based community loves its myths â€” and its mythmakers.
And so poor Kos discovered that real treason had not been posted after all, and he was forced to purge the offending post, to eat humble pie (see below), and to admonish all his little moonbats (in purest Kos-ese): Don’t believe everything you read on the internets.
Seriously, just because something online confirms your own viewpoint or prejudices or whatnot, it does not mean it’s true.
Skepticism is a virtue.
Now the right-wingers are laughing at the gullibility of those who recommend Maccabee’s diaries.
And they are quite justified in doing so.