Skip to comments.David Corn: Van Jones and the 9/11 Conspiracy Theory Poison (VJ was hood-winked, of course)
Posted on 09/08/2009 3:05:01 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
For years I have refrained from writing about 9/11 conspiracy theory. But Van Jones' resignation as top green jobs adviser in the Obama administration has compelled me to pick up this battering ram once again. In my PoliticsDaily.com column, I've (partly) blamed 9/11 conspiracy theorists for the downfall of Jones. Not that he's not accountable for his own behavior, but the perpetuators of the 9/11 nonsense launched a virus in left circles, and Jones was not savvy enough to keep clear of it. As I huffed:
As far as I can tell, the only thing the so-called 9/11 Truth movement has accomplished is this: it's caused the Obama administration to lose its most prominent expert on green jobs. So well done, Truthers. Thanks to you, the federal government will now be spending about $80 billion on green economy initiatives without the guiding hand of one of the most knowledgeable experts in this field.
I went on:
I am, of course, referring to Van Jones, who resigned this weekend from his position as adviser to the head of the White House's Council on Environmental Quality. Jones, once a civil rights activist, in recent years has become a leader in the green jobs movement, and as an administration official he was given the task of making sure that billions of stimulus dollars flowing to jobs in enviro-friendly fields (say, wind power) were being deployed in an effective manner. But his (apparently) unpardonable sin was that he had signed a petition"a "9/11 Truth Statement"that suggested the Bush-Cheney administration either orchestrated or allowed the 9/11 attack to happen and that called for an investigation. He also had been part of an organizing committee for a 9/11 "truth" march. There were other actions dredged up by Jones' conservative antagonists, including conspiratorial rightwing Fox host Glenn Beck. (Beck was pursuing a vendetta; after Beck recently called Obama a "racist," a group that Jones had founded launched an advertising boycott of Beck's show.) Jones had once referred to Republicans as "assholes." But it was the 9/11 stuff that did him in.
In a way, I tried to prevent this from happening.
Years ago, when the 9/11 conspiracy theories were first emerging on the left, I wrote several pieces decrying them. (See here, here, and here.) My fear was that this unsound idea would infect the left and other quarters--discrediting anyone who got close to it. I even debunked a book promoting an unfounded 9/11 conspiracy theory that was published by Nation Books when I was Washington editor of The Nation magazine. (I tried to persuade the decision-makers of Nation Books that the book ought not even be publishedand failed.)
The 9/11 conspiracy theory was just too tempting for many Bush critics. Van Jones says he was not fully aware of what he was signing when he put his John Hancock on that 9/11 petition. This might be true. But I can see how Jones and others on the leftwithout thinking too muchmight have easily said, sure, sign my name to any call for any investigation of Bush and Cheney. And that sloppinessif that's what it washas cost him his job.
The 9/11 conspiracyof which I have not written about in yearswas always a load of bunk. You don't have to be an expert on skyscraper engineering or top-secret government communications to know that the two variants of the theorythe Bush White House orchestrated 9/11 so it could subsequently exploit the tragedy or the Bush White House knew the attack was coming and allowed it to occur so it could exploit the tragedymake no sense.
Let's walk through some of the reasons the 9/11 theory is out of sync with reality.
From here on, I presented a tutorial that should persuade anyone that the 9/11 theory makes no sense. (Click here if you want to see it.) But I have learned from experience that people who believe this stuff are not open to persuasion. (Please do not send me emails, mail me manuscripts, invite me to debates, or post comments accusing me of being a CIA plant.)
What is sad is that Jones, a pioneer in the green jobs field, has left the administration because he could not steer clear of the 9/11 foolishness. He certainly gave potent ammunition to his enemiesespecially rightwing Fox host Glenn Beck, who targeted Jones after a group Jones had founded launched an advertising boycott of Beck (after Beck had called President Obama a "racist"). But the country would have been better off if the White House had managed to find a way to stick with Jones.
At the end of this sad episode, we're left with a victorious Beck waving a scalp. (One prominent conservative tells me he is deeply upset by this, for the last thing he wants to see is Beck's credibility on the right enhanced.) And the circus will continue, with Beck now calling on his followers to dig up dirt on other Obama administration officials, and MSNBC's Keith Olbermann urging his audience to dig up dirt on Beck and Roger Ailes, the head of Fox. As for the real world, the administration will now pour tens of billions of dollars into green jobs without the benefit of Jones' widely acknowledged expertise. As I put it elsewhere, "Jones is responsible for his own actions, but the 9/11 Truthers are also responsible for concocting and spreading the poison that he drank."
No mention of Jones' radicalism, communism or feelings that America "deserved" 9/11, of course!
A devote communist has no clue on creating jobs. The Obama administration does not believe in using Capitalism to create jobs. The jobs that are created will cost 10 times more and be temporary in nature. Obama and his minions are buffoons.
Pure Ding Bats.
The United States Congress gave Zer0 $800 billion in “walkin’ around money”, also known as “stimulus funds” which he can spend on whatever strikes his fancy with no further Congressional approval required.
Much of it has not yet been spent (illustrating exactly how “critical” it was to allocate this money), but a small amount has been, and a lot has gone to these stupid and economically unsound “green” ventures.
“The United States Congress gave Zer0 $800 billion in walkin around money, also known as stimulus funds which he can spend on whatever strikes his fancy with no further Congressional approval required.”
And THAT is unconstitutional. Congress cannot sign blank checks, it is their job to specifically allocate money.
The same thing was done during the first depression, Supreme Court said they couldn’t do it. of course the money was already gone.
I’ve heard percentages of around 95% of the money has not been spent. Think it was on Glenn Beck I heard that number.
>>> Ive heard percentages of around 95% of the money has not been spent. >>>
That’s also what I’ve read.
It’s probably going to outfit and arm the “Civilian National Security Force” that Obama spoke of last Fall. Didn’t he say it should be just as big and well-funded as the U.S. Military? Wonder if the uniforms will be green and red?
That was my thought as well. 10 years ago this fool was a street thug, and now he’s an expert?
They’re trying to normalize the truther movement by moralizing the motive. Don’t let let them do it.
Van Jones was best at
Getting the "Green Jobs" money
To the correct group.
The Chicago Way
Makes sure the graft money gets
In the right pocket.
David Corn didn’t used to be stupid enough to believe some communist organizer would have the ability to choose the “correct” businesses for green jobs, or efficiently direct the expenditure of 80 billion dollars toward that end.
We would be lucky if any single head of a corporation had such visionary insight. Such men are extremely rare. Usually, we count on 20-40 smart guys who are trained in business working for years running 20-40 companies, in the hopes that one of them will figure out the right thing to do, win the market, and the rest will follow.
But what’s really funny is how David Corn keeps putting “racist” in quotes, as if he doesn’t believe there is such a thing as a racist.
Well, to be fair, to be an expert in “green jobs” doesn’t really require any business sense, since they have nothing to do with business.
Good point, his expertise probably comes Marx.
Jones was hoodwinked?
Then he’s too stupid to serve in a power capacity.
A ten second speed read leaves me thinking, “What a crock”!
Jones apologist. Trying to make Jones into something he’s not, for the sake of Obama’s political agenda.
Kinda’ like his boss. (-;
took the words right out of my..er..keyboard.