Dear readers and/or comrades of this here café,
Are you familiar with the Alex Jones Effect? Do you know who Alex Jones is? If so, my condolences, though for the purposes of this contribution, it would help.
Put succinctly, Alex Jones is a conspiracy theorist (who knew, aren’t we all?). The diff here is that AJ (which I’ll use to refer to him from here on, so pay attention) has a far-reaching voice. Yes, he is loud and obnoxious, but to the point, he has established himself on radio and built an audience much like “media giant” Rush Limbaugh managed to do back in the nineties. Funny, you don’t here much obsession about Rush these days, at least I don’t. Unless it has something to do with whether or not the condition of Geddy Lee’s voice has made performance of their music irredeemable, but I digress.
So AJ is a loudmouth who trades in all-things-conspiratorial as it relates to “the globalist agenda” and, in doing so, manages to make very real concerns sound insane. As a general example, his treatment of America’s favorite holiday, Nine-Eleven (it’s coming up, I can’t wait! I’m gonna go as a fireman again this year), by not just exploring every bizarre angle only somebody continuously hopped up on speed and steriods could dream up after 72 hours of sleep deprivation, but giving them the air of scientific discussion, whether it be things that are entirely outside the possible realm of empirical consideration like holographic arrow planes or Illuminati ceremonial majicks — or stuff that is part of the record like the dancing Israelis, the story of which, should make any thinking person come to the conclusion that the planes were literally, if indirectly, guided into the towers by a nexus of operators including those doing the cheering. The fact that one guy who had the least amount of evidence presented against him was ultimately tried in absentia and sentenced to disappearance while another part of the nexus, the Saudis, are staunch allies in the war on knowing why so much American tax revenue funds their continuance is, well, might be hair raising when presented in Perry Mason fashion by the most expensive arbiters of what used to be called The Fourth Estate.
Many of you, I’m sure, know the drill. Even a mention of the word Mossad in relation to this most precious American holiday (did you know that the first pilgrims were art students dressed as Arabs?) is likely to garner a sarcastic reply that includes all of the strawmen I’ve so far stooped to using and then some.
What does this have to do with Trump? you may ask. Doesn’t everything have to do with Trump? I know, I have been saying, or thinking, at least, that Trump is beside the point, what with my resolute belief that he is a full paid member of Shillery United (which means paid up and being paid, cuz’n that’s how the economy works for rich folk, don’cha know). But this does not preclude the need to explain some of his odd behavior.
While it’s true, or so I maintain, Donald playing the buffoon only makes Clinton more inevitable, one should certainly ask: How on earth is his introduction of the risk of the incitement of gunplay into the process supposed to work? Well, I think I answered that question adequately here, but in case my allusions come illusory, which I know they often do, lemme just add that his invoking the SCotUS argument shores it up for those who normally invoke it when all else fails: The Democrats (who’ve been using the SCotUS argument since they decided they didn’t want to be racist anymore). So Trump’s thinly veiled implication: that as a champion of the Second Amendment, one might view a bullet as a solution to the lifetime appointment of a Supreme Court Justice when the ballot box fails to get them the right Appointer — well, that might get Dems on the fence to march-shake in their boots all the way to “being with her”, if just for one day.
Now to my main point, which is not as much a head scratcher: Why would The Don accuse the current US President and his former Secretary of State of having founded this thing they call ISIS? Obviously my first answer is – because it’s yet one more thing to keep him in the news for being all over the place, particularly when he does his patented “I was being sarcastic” within a day or two of the story remaining, apparently, the most relevant thing in the news. But this time there is no “oh shit” factor for disenchanted liberals. It’s just more “crazy”.
Here’s where the Alex Jones cum DJ Trump effect kicks in: Aside from the just mentioned co-option of the news cycle that, among other things, keeps focus away from US Saudi weapons deals, or renders to the equivalent of page eleven of the Arianna Huff’n’Po the American approved killing of schoolchildren, it takes a truth and renders it whacky.
What truth?! That Obama and Hillary founded ISIS?!! Why, of all the all-caps worthy ABSURDITY!!!11
One thing I hope to enjoy about being subject to comments here at the café is that I can ask rhetorical questions and get answers. So here goes:
- What was it that was credited with the expansion of – what were they called – Al Qaeda into Iraq? Who with a seat in the Senate chamber voted for that?
- When was the first time the terms ISIS, ISIL, and other variations thereof began to appear in the media? During whose administration was that and who was Secretary of State when reports of their prevalence in Libya became, as the kids say, a thing?
- And (just because I don’t know when to leave well-enough alone) do you recall not all that long ago a serious establishment floating of the idea that Al Qaeda, being the enemy of the new enemy, might just be the lesser of two evils?
For all of the anti-racist, anti-anti-immigrant, and anti-anti-Muslim rhetoric the current Democratic public relations response team spouts from their to-the-brim filled coffers, if the GOP had the White House, Libya’d be Dem Campaign Strategy #1, complete w/ un-ironic !Benghazi! sloganeering. As things stand, any serious discussions of the war on terror (generally) and the presence of terrorists (wherever) has been placed into a drawer marked “Republican obstructionism”. Now, we can bury deeper in the rabbit hole a Trumped-up Alex Jones-ing of the notion that ISIS is an (for want of a crazier label) American creation.
Yours in Berlin,