Dinesh D'Souza: Comically self-unaware

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Dinesh D'Souza's new book, The Roots of Obama's Rage, continues to impress with its almost celebratory embrace of ignorant mendacity.

On page 187, D'Souza scoffs at Barack Obama's 2002 speech against the Iraq war, in which the future president said that the looming conflict was being used to "to distract us from a rise in the uninsured, a rise in the poverty rate, a drop in the median income" and other issues, writing:

I don't want to dwell here on the outrageousness of accusing Bush of putting thousands of American lives at risk for the purpose of saving his own political hide.

OK, so it's outrageous to accuse the president of putting American troops in harm's way for political reasons. With that in mind, let's take a look at what D'Souza wrote on page 51 of The Roots of Obama's Rage:

Now why would a president who has a big political stake in Afghanistan not care about proposed strategies to successfully prosecute the offensive and maybe even win the war? Short answer: Because he doesn't want to win. If Obama views Afghanistan as a war of colonial occupation, then his only concern is how fast he can get America out.

But wait a minute! Didn't Obama order an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan? Yes, but the Obama "surge" was a political necessity. Recall that Obama had campaigned on the position that Iraq was the "bad war" and Afghanistan was the "good war."

I'd say this would be funny if it weren't so sad, but it actually is really funny.

Dinesh D'Souza
The Roots of Obama's Rage
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