Wednesday, February 16, 2011

In Tahrir Square: Nir Rosen, Lara Logan, Mao, McChrystal, The Weak and The Strong

In The Propagandist: "There will be no further comment from CBS News. . ."

The leftish pseudo-journalist Nir Rosen has again disgraced himself, this time by taking the opportunity of a vicious sexual assault upon a real journalist, Lara Logan, to laugh at her, insinuate that she made up the story, and call her a "warmonger." Logan is recovering in hospital. Rosen is claiming to have apologized, but he has done no such thing. What's Rosen's problem with Logan? This is how General Stanley McChrystal and Mao come into to it, in ways that betray Rosen as a lizard and the milieu from which he emerges as a swamp where the strong are called "weak" and given leave to butchery. If you have the audacity to even notice this you will be called a "warmonger":

. . .General McChrystal's Counterinsurgency Guidance to the 42-nation ISAF alliance in Afghanistan declared its radical departure from the American standard in its very title: "Protecting the People is the Mission." It did not speak the language of the America-Firsters in Obama's closest circles. It spoke in a foreign language: "Embrace the people. . . earn their trust. . . seek out the underprivileged, the disenfranchised, the disaffected. . . work with the children and students. . . shield the people from harm. . . live and train together. . . plan and operate together. . . be a positive force in the community. . . confront corrupt officials. . . listen and learn from our Afghan colleagues. . . improve daily."

McChrystal's counterinsurgency guidance articulated a war of the weak against the strong. It is written in the language of Mao Tse Tung, from the standard version of Mao's early instructions adopted as the rules of discipline by the Peoples Liberation Army in 1947: "Obey orders in all your actions. Do not take a single needle or piece of thread from the masses. Turn in everything captured. Speak politely. Pay fairly for what you buy. Return everything you borrow. Pay for anything you damage. Do not hit or swear at people. Do not damage crops. Do not take liberties with women. Do not ill-treat captives."

In a war of the weak against the strong, that is how you win. "We need to understand the people and see things through their eyes," McChrystal wrote to the troops. "This means that we must change the way that we think, act and operate." The victory of an Afghan people's war would not come in a flourish of brass with a handsome president on a television-studio bandstand and American flags fluttering all around from wind machines. It takes time. it takes patience. Victory is contingent, ever moving on the far horizon. Advance is stealthy. Retreat is unthinkable. "Exit strategy" are just two words from some foreign language. More words from it are 'Not in my name' and 'Stop the war.'

You get the picture. Try to imagine the 30 million most generous, hardcore and well-heeled contributors among Obama's fan base suddenly being obliged to abandon their familiar argots and turn their worlds upside down from an American counterinsurgency (FMLN, got it; Sandinistas, check; Tupamaros, yes, I dimly recall) to an American-backed insurgency. Next thing you know poltergeists are flinging dog-eared Chomsky volumes all over everybody's living rooms and Cousin Henry's writhing on the floor in the paroxyms of acid flashbacks. So McChrystal had to go. And that's not even half of the way the thing I'm calling "Rolling Stone" comes into it. . .

UPDATE: The indispensable Michael Totten reports that Nir Rosen has been fired:

I'm not sure why it took so long for his career to crash. Not only did he link approvingly to Taliban propaganda on last year's anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, he once used his American identification to sneak Taliban commanders past a checkpoint in Afghanistan. Even though he's an Israeli citizen, he somehow he managed to embed with Hezbollah when its fighters invaded and shot up my old West Beirut neighborhood in 2008. He told a Lebanese journalist friend of mine to his face that Hezbollah's coup was "necessary." He has said that he hopes for a Third Intifada, that he wants to see Tel Aviv bombed, and openly pines for the destruction of Israel.

25 Comments:

Blogger Aymenn Jawad said...

I would add that Nir Rosen's disgraceful career has also included endorsement of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party and its vision, as well as cheering on some of its members who assaulted Christopher Hitchens in Beirut some years back.

Nir Rosen breaks out of his cocoon every once in a while to write an objective analysis of current trends in Iraqi politics worth reading, but on aggregate he's just too disgusting to take seriously.

9:20 AM  
Blogger Fishmonger said...

Although Rosen's denigration of Logan's assault was clearly indecent and deserving of scorn, your article lacks any sort of critical perspective on Logan's journalistic career and the charge that she has been a cheerleader for the military and in particular her passionate defence of McChrystal in the wake of his interview with Rolling Stone Magazine.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/geoffrey-dunn/they-will-let-you-back-th_b_628851.html

In fact, you misleadingly assert that McChrystal was removed (in fact he resigned) because of his policies rather than his outrageous, injudicious comments about the civilian leadership of the military in the article I mentioned.

11:03 AM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...

Ooh, a "cheerleader for the military" is it? Did she wear pompoms? You are submitting this as evidence against clemency at sentencing, I presume. I too "passionately defend" McChrystal. Does that mean I go to Kolyma for life or just settled into forced labor for a couple of years at Minsk?

11:53 AM  
Blogger vildechaye said...

RE: Does that mean I go to Kolyma for life or just settled into forced labor for a couple of years at Minsk?

Yes Terry. You failed the current ideological purity litmus test so favored by the likes of fishmonger, "frank" and the others. So it's off to the gulag for you for some re-education, if not off with your head. These guys would have made first class members of the Committee of Public Safety.

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1:06 PM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...

Exactly like Rosen, Fishmonger takes the savage assault on the person of Lara Logan as just the "right time" to savagely assault her integrity and to compound the cheap libels against her that Rosen began; he further suffers exactly the narcissistic personality disorder that causes idiots to expound upon grave matters of which they know nothing, blissfully unaware of how ridiculous he sounds as he's at it. And impugns my own training as a journalist to ice the cake.

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Yes, Vildechaye, it's off to the gulag I go.

1:07 PM  
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1:08 PM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...

The auto-delete function is working. Such a mahvelous device.

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1:11 PM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...

Fishmonger things to be a semi-literate anonymous graffito artist is to be accepted in debate as a "critic."

Classic narcissism.

Go away and take your meds, Fishmonger.

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1:42 PM  
Blogger vildechaye said...

Fishmonger: Anybody who chooses to attack a journalist for "war-mongering" (just because she takes a different --and, dare I say, more nuanced and intelligent -- view of world events than you after she's been sexually assaulted should expect to be treated like the ignorant lowlife he/she has proven him/herself to be. Your original post, which has been allowed to stand, amounts to the usual opening sentence vague condemnation, followed by detailed explanation as to why she deserved it. Kinda like how Sunera Thobani thought it was appropriate to denounce the USA as the worst oppressor of woman not a week after 9/11 (earning Margaret Wente's well-considered "Sunera Thobani is an idiot" column opener).

As for deleting your posts, aside from the fact that they are eminently worthy of the dustbin for their content, it only seems fair that individuals who would do the Maoist Red Guards proud in the way they shout down anybody to their right as "warmongers," "neocons," "zionazis," etc etc without any consideration for their arguments are doing the exact same thing.

And deleting is much more humane than name-calling. If you find that too difficult to follow, maybe this simple analogy will do the trick: it's more humane/decent to put the dumb animal down than to tear it apart limb by limb, which is what the cascade of "warmonger" "ziocon" abuse amounts to.

3:33 PM  
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4:41 PM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...

Actually I should un-auto-delete - that last one was particularly funny. Some droolng illiterate calls me a racist & it gets deleted. Then some other some drooling illiterate complains that I've deleted a comment because it's "critical" of my "work."

4:42 PM  
Blogger vildechaye said...

The only problem with deleting these idiots is that I don't get to read their nonsense and have a laugh.

5:41 PM  
Blogger vildechaye said...

well I've had my laugh now. If only they had a clue how monotonous and repetitive they sound; instead, you sense they think they're issuing new and exciting thoughts. Press away.

11:21 AM  
Blogger vildechaye said...

And who are your "true revolutionaries and progressives," frank? Do tell us, so we can deconstruct them for the appeasers and/or warmongers they truly are.

And Fishmonger, while it may be fun to play "whack-a-mole" for a while, it gets tiring. regardless of how often your silly arguments are refuted with facts and logic, you come back spouting the same old nonsense, with nothing new to contribute but the same old sanctimonious crap we've been hearing for years. So why shouldn't you be insulted and deleted? You don't like it, start your own blog and preach to the choir.

11:28 AM  

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