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  •  President Obama: Conspiracy Theorist in Chief (3+ / 0-)
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    Joieau, Wee Mama, Eyesbright

    I see your point, but ...

    First of all, I have to give credit to  the president for being the conspiracy theorist in chief. When he authorized the capture or kill operation against Osama bin Laden, he had to overcome a huge, non-logistical issue: that bin Laded was, as the ultra fact checking obsessive New Yorker wrote shortly after, obviously under the protection of the Pakistani government. He was living in a military and intelligence town.

    The fact that bin Laden was found and killed there meant that President Obama had to be willing to violate the acceptable narrative of 9/11 -- that it was carried out with assistance from only one government, Afghanistan.

    I used to write about stuff documented in the mainstream media about 9/11 that violated the accepted narrative.

    But here's the problem. I think the problem isn't just that the mainstream says there are things we can't think about even though they are thoroughly documented.

    It's that once you start talking about anything vaguely conspiratorial, other than proven criminal conspiracies like Watergate or Iran Contra, people who are really crazy will join the conversation -- and I think that's why people like Kos have to have the rules they have.

    If we started discussing why bin Laden was killed, as the New Yorker concluded, under Pakistan's protection, then we're going to have to listen to people who think the World Trade Center was built with explosives in its elevator shafts or was destroyed by space based laser beams or who think that the Bush family are alien lizard overlords.

    It's a tough choice.


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