6/18/2006

360 degree blog turn: my post about Larry Johnson mentioned in his blog - by coincidence

He,he, he! That's a funny web meme twist. I am a big fan of Larry Johnson the ex-CIA agent and terrorism expert that blogs at No Quarter and Booman Tribune, so I have several posts about him and his writings here in my blog. Now SusanHu / Sunsan UnPc has added a link to my post about Larry's piece in his blog. I guess this post did a complete "web circle". Funny! The post is pretty good as well... -- law

Drive-By Journalism, PART II: The Serious Stuff

By SusanUnPC, Author, No Quarter (Part 1 below)

In his June 5 digital National Review piece, Byron York ridiculed Larry Johnson's July 2001 op-ed for the New York Times -- which Johnson has published at his own consulting business site, Berg Associates LLC (so its content can't worry Larry too much!) -- playing up Johnson's statements about infrequent foreign terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, saying that Sept. 11 attacks two months later made a joke of Johnson's column.

But York completely ignored the following key section of Johnson's op-ed. After all, this paragraph would have deflected the drive-by shot that York took at Johnson:

The nature of the threat posed by Bin Ladin is highlighted by my final chart, number 7. Osama Bin Ladin and individuals assoicated with him have killed and wounded more Americans than any other group. This chart also illustrates that groups such as Hamas and the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) prior to 1998 have killed more foreigners in the anti-US terrorist attacks. If we take into account the bombings of the US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, Osama's status as the most lethal terrorist is certain. (Larry Johnson, July 2001 op-ed, New York Times, reprinted at his business site)

If we wanted to get even, we could ridicule Byron York's June 26, 2003 column which began:

Accusing the Bush administration of lying (or exaggerating) about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq can be a risky business. The next day's news might bring word of a significant WMD discovery, undermining significant parts of the case against the administration.

How exciting! But, remember the short-lived story about an Iraqi scientist's claim that he had a uranium enrichment system planted in his garden?

Then there's York's misrepresentation of polling data on support for Bush's Social Security plan. But enough of York's own foibles.

Johnson has already defended himself from the distortion of his July 2001 op-ed by pundits such as York:

"The rightwing is resurrecting an op-ed I wrote in July 2001. I stand by the full article. It is still relevant today. I am accused, incorrectly, of ignoring the threat of terrorism. In fact, I correctly noted that the real threat emanated from Bin Laden and Islamic extremism. President Bush, for his part, ignored the CIA warning in August of 2001 that Al Qaeda was posed to strike inside the United States." (LawnOrder blog, reprinted at Wikipedia)

York's main man George -- and Condi, Dick, and Donald -- all ignored the warnings of the August 2001 PDB, but York chooses to go after Johnson, who would have recognized -- instantly -- the gravity of that PDB, but to which he unfortunately did not have access.

I asked Larry Johnson about what I know to be his paramount concern: the threat of nuclear weapons to all of mankind. He replied to me:

THERE IS NO TERRORIST GROUP OR ORGANIZATION IN THE WORLD THAT POSES A THREAT TO US COMPARABLE TO WHAT WE FACED FROM THE SOVIETS DURING THE COLD WAR. THE SOVIETS FUNDED TERRORISM BUT ALSO HAD NUCLEAR MISSILES, SHIPS, SUBMARINES, AND BOMBERS (NOT TO MENTION THE MILLIONS IN THE ARMY, NAVY, AND AIR FORCE).

TO EQUATE BIN LADEN WITH THE SOVIET THREAT IS STUPIDITY.

In a 2004 speech at the National Defence University, President Bush agreed with Larry Johnson...

Much more at the source:


NO QUARTER: Drive-By Journalism, PART II: The Serious Stuff

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