Webb of Witlessness
Justin Webb may be an intelligent person, it’s just that he carefully hides it in his work for the BBC. Today the latest in the BBC’s “elect Obama- The One” coverage features a prominent diary entry from Webb none too subtly entitled “palling with Pinochet”. Reading Webb in recent times I have been struck by the force of his dislike for Sarah Palin. I suspect it comes from his intense atheist’s disdain for her religious background. Anyhow, today Webb borrows Palin’s successful slogan about Obama “palling around with terrorists” and uses it against McCain. Webb has clearly convinced himself that Palin unfairly attacked Obama and he takes it upon himself to hit back. You will notice if you follow Webb’s link to hyper-partisan pro-Democrat Huffington Post that the idea of presenting the alleged McCain link to Pinochet in the same terms as Obama’s proven link to Ayers is not there. It’s Webb’s own little twist. But maybe if Webb thought for a second he would realise the comparison is painfully inapt. McCain allegedly visited Pinochet’s regime once in the 80’s, while he was on the Senate Foreign Affairs committee. It was apparently known to the US Government, and, if disputed documents are to be believed, included one 30 minute meeting with Pinochet, which McCain joked was like meeting the head of the John Birch society.
To put it politely, Webb’s comparison is ridiculous. It is a known fact that Obama has had many meetings with William Ayers, convicted and unrepentant terrorist who believes America to be the world’s leading problem. There is a great rundown of Ayers’ beliefs and actions at Zombie’s blog. Ayers has worked alongside Barack Obama, Obama reviewed favourably an Ayers’ book which itself referred to “writer Barack Obama”, and Obama launched his first election campaign at a fundraiser at Ayers’ home. They lived in the same neighbourhood. Some visitors here will know more than I about this stuff, some less. But I think that Justin Webb either knows less than any of us, or is simply so infatuated he simply must retaliate on Obama’s behalf against those nasty Republicans.