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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Van Jones Declared US Brought 9/11 upon Itself

After Van Jones was ushered out of the White House in the dead of night (oh, I'm sorry... he voluntarily resigned), I thought that I would post no more on Jones for a while-- maybe even forever more. I was wrong.

Check out this post by Tom Blumer at NewsBusters.org. It turns out Jones was blaming the US for bringing the attacks on itself the day after 9/11. A summary of a rally held on 9/12/01 posted at indybay.org has several interesting quotes from Jones.

From the summary by gkt: "A recurring theme of the speakers was the brutal violence committed by or supported by the United States government on a daily basis. 'The bombs the government drops in Iraq are the bombs that blew up in New York City,' said Van Jones, director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, who also warned against forthcoming violence by the Bush Administration. 'The US cannot bomb its way out of this one. Safety at home requires justice abroad.'"

An interesting assertion. Apparently safety at home requires conforming to the wishes of terrorists abroad.

Later Jones is quoted again amid gkt's pontificating. "Those present were determined to make their voices heard in an increasingly hostile, war-mongering climate scripted by the government and recited by corporate media. They also vowed to fight within their own communities against racism and hostility towards Arab-Americans. Everyone sensed that this was an important time in history, and that the stuggle against injustice requires international solidarity. 'Everyone should be as wise as these inner-city youth here today,' Van Jones concluded. 'We all have more in common with the working people of the earth than we do with George Bush or Colin Powell.'"

Nice Marxist statement at the end there. Of course Jones changed his tune, actually just jumped onto another popular band wagon, when he helped organize a truther march a mere four months later in January 2002. During that public event, in a complete 180 of his previous sentiment, Jones and company suggested that 9/11 was orchestrated by Bush and the CIA rather than being a foreign blow for international justice.

As Blumer at NewsBusters points out, this was originally reported by Scott Johnson at Powerline Sept. 5 2009. Within six hours Jones was gone.

Blumer suggests that the abruptness of Jones' resignation may have had something to do with this report. The Obama Administration wanted him out before this new information had a chance to circulate.

Maybe-- but I'm not sure. Jones was nothing but political dead weight, and this one more example of his opportunist radicalism was hardly the straw that broke the camel's back. Jones was finished once he was exposed to any serious scrutiny.

The real and significant issue here, is not the that Jones is a radical. Jones, deprived of White House patronage, is once again merely a blustering "community organizer." Once again the real story, as Blumer himself notes, is that Jones and his radical views were both well known by the Obama administration. Blumer echoes the same quote from Valerie Jarrett (Obama's "BFF" and "the ultimate insider") that I used in my own posts about Jones. Jarret said to a crowd of dKos bloggers "Oooh. Van Jones, alright! So, Van Jones. We were so delighted to be able to recruit him into the White House. We were watching him, uh, really, he’s not that old, for as long as he’s been active out in Oakland. And all the creative ideas he has. And so now, we have captured that. And we have all that energy in the White House[emphasis mine]."

If one takes into account Obama's international apologist/half-hearted appeasement tour, his failed open hand policy to Iran, and his blatant antipathy of Israel, it would seem his own sentiments are not dissimilar from Jones'.

UPDATE: The WSJ has a pretty interesting op/ed regarding Van Jones and his background within the Left's establishment (h/t Anne Leary at Backyard Conservative). The whole incident is a pretty good indication that mainstream America ignores the Left and its own peril.

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