Frank Gaffney, one of the right wings most extreme figures, goes off the deep end once again.
A long-time lover of missile defense, he finds conspiracies where there are none to prove that President Obama is selling missile defense down the river to Islam.
The Washington Post Al Kamen on Feb. 26 captured Gaffney’s loony logic: “The missle defense logo that bombed.”
Gaffney sees the Obama campaign logo being combined with an Islamic symbol to undermine the Missile Defense Agency– only to find that the logo is three years ago adopted — gasp — during the Geoge W. Bush years.
Is the Missile Defense Agency’s logo Obama-meets-Islam?
By Al Kamen – Washington Post – Friday, February 26, 2010;
The blogosphere is abuzz over conservatives’ charges that a logo being used by the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency looks very much like a fusion of the Muslim crescent moon and star and the Obama campaign logo. Some folks even detected a similarity to the Iranian Space Agency logo.
“New Missile Defense Agency Logo Causes Online Commotion,” said the headline on Drudge. Indeed it did. Our pal Frank Gaffney, writing on his blog, expressed alarm. “The Obama administration’s determined effort to reduce America’s missile defense capabilities initially seemed to be just standard Leftist fare,” wrote Gaffney, a senior Pentagon official in the Reagan administration. But “a just-unveiled symbolic action suggests, however, that something even more nefarious is afoot.”
Lefty bloggers insisted that the logo meant nothing of the sort, suggesting the right-wingers must have found some particularly high-grade hallucinogens. Well, we thought the conservatives had the better of the argument.
Turns out, however, the “new” logo is not so new. “This was a logo that was developed three years ago for our recruiting materials and our public Web site,” MDA spokesman Rick Lehner told our colleague Ed O’Keefe. “It did not replace our official MDA logo, and of course it has no ties to any political campaign. It was done one year before the 2008 elections. So the whole thing is pretty ridiculous.” Lehner said the insignia was chosen because it was “cheaper, because it’s three colors as opposed to the five colors on the official logo.”
What a minute. Did he say one year before the election? During the George W. Bush administration? Can we get some subpoenas out on this?