Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Neoconman Norm Podhoretz's Bad Evening



It ain't easy being a neocon, as the above video makes clear. Seem you can't even advocate genocide in public these days without having to deal with some very inconvenient questions. From the accompanying article:
Arch-Neo Con Norman Podhoretz's book reading at a recent Barnes and Noble appearance in New York turned into a hostile affair after he told the audience that Iran should be bombed because "We were attacked by Islamofascists on 9/11," before being bombarded with accusatory questions and eventually telling the crowd to "shut up".
Rudy Giuliani's foreign policy advisor was subject to walkouts by individuals disgusted at the fact that Podhoretz openly called for air strikes on Iran, labeling Podhoretz a "fascist" who would have blood on his hands.
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He later defended the fact that he signed the infamous Project For a New American Century documents, a Neo-Con manifesto for world domination that includes advocating the use of race-specific bio-weapons, and claimed that the PNAC had been "misrepresented".
Podhoretz then admitted that the CIA had overthrown the U.S.-friendly Iranian government of Mohammad Mossadegh in the 50's, but called it "ancient history."
He then went on to make a case that Iran was behind the violence in Iraq and had formed an alliance with Al-Qaeda, despite the fact that the two are Shia and Sunni respectively and as such are arch-enemies. He was then educated about how in fact it was the U.S. government that is funding Al-Qaeda affiliated groups to attack Iran. This mattered little to Podhoretz, who was then asked why we should "fight back" against Iran by bombing them when they had never attacked us?
Podhoretz's answer was to state that, "We were attacked by Islamofascists on 9/11," clearly implying that Iran attacked the U.S. on 9/11. Such unmitigated and bellicose propaganda might fly on Fox News, but many members of the audience were having none of it, asking why they should trust Bush and the Neo-Cons after being lied to for six years.
And yes, you read correctly - this guy is possible Presidential contender Giuliani's foreign policy advisor. If you watch the video it'll also be clear that his own racist past came to haunt him as well. So it goes.

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