Micheal Ledeen may not be a household name, but he certainly knows how to start a rumor. A few days ago, Ledeen published a story about a supposed newly discovered copy of Obama’s college “thesis”, which he quoted:
“… the Constitution allows for many things, but what it does not allow is the most revealing. The so-called Founders did not allow for economic freedom. While political freedom is supposedly a cornerstone of the document, the distribution of wealth is not even mentioned. While many believed that the new Constitution gave them liberty, it instead fitted them with the shackles of hypocrisy.”
This was obvious proof of what a horrible commie Obama really is. Other conservative fog-nets of the noise-universe such as Rush Limbaugh used Ledeen’s blog for their daily anti-Obama rant, practically spraying themselves with glee at finding written evidence that Obama favors income redistribution [and that he's an unamerican founder-hater, to boot].
The document, of course, was a fake outed as early as three months ago, and Ledeen was forced to admit that his own eagerness to defame Obama had gotten the better of whatever academic rigor he retains after years of serving as a think-tank rumor-factory.
Its not that Ledeen was punked; he indeed suckered himself, like the dummy chasing the dollar bill on a string all the way down the street or the guy who buys the laptop box that “fell off the delivery truck” from the sketchy dude in the BART station for twenty bucks, only to find the box full of cardboard and newspaper [okay, that last guy was me, five years ago, but I learned my lesson!]. There’s an old saying, often misunderstood, “You can’t fool an honest man.” What that old saw really means is that you can’t fool someone into doing a dishonest deed unless they are comfortable with dishonesty. Indeed, Ledeen’s public record reads like a primer on bold mendacity, from Iran-Contra, to forging the Yellow-Cake documents, to pushing the Iraq war, despite fears of instability because:
- One can only hope that we turn the region into a cauldron, and faster, please. If ever there were a region that richly deserved being cauldronized, it is the Middle East today. If we wage the war effectively, we will bring down the terror regimes in Iraq, Iran, and Syria, and either bring down the Saudi monarchy or force it to abandon its global assembly line to indoctrinate young terrorists. That’s our mission in the war against terror.
In the non-Bizarro version of our universe, where dishonest ineptitude is not a pre-requisite for controlling the media beacons of influence, one would think that Ledeen’s corpse-ridden trail [four thousand US soldiers and tens of thousands of Iraqis in the war he cheerily pushed] would have meant the end of his career. But soft, Ledeen continues to be an oft-quoted luminary in the conservative world where the unmitigated success of the Iraq war that he championed, now qualifies him as a spokesperson for attacking Iran. His column is named “Faster, Please”–a phrase from his 2002 plea to hurry up and invade Iraq quoted abovbe–though he now, quite shockingly claims that he opposed the war, despite a wealth of public statements and an entire archive of National Review columns that scream otherwise in no uncertain terms . Its no surprise that he was taken in by the “thesis hoax”. The only surprise is that he didn’t invent it himself.
Update: Earlier in the same week, Ledeen was forced to back away from a rumor, completely of his own fabrication, that Iran’s Khamenei was in a coma. Subsequent photos and video of an upright and conscious Khamenei entertaining foreign dignitaries caused Ledeen to drop the issue, but not before he claimed for several days that they were a product of photoshop.