September 7, 2009

Van Jones: On the 9/11 Attacks, Not Just a ‘Truther,’ But Also a ‘Deserver’

PentagonWTCVanJonesThe “resignation” shortly after midnight on Sunday morning of President Obama’s “green jobs czar” Van Jones has generally been seen as a convenient holiday weekend move.

By Friday, after White House Secretary Robert Gibbs would only say that he still was a part of the administration, it was obvious that Jones’s resignation was only a matter of time. The 9/11 truther and other evidence accumulated by Glenn Beck, Gateway Pundit, WorldNetDaily, and others was simply overwhelming.

But it seems to me that it would have been more convenient had the White House waited until early Sunday afternoon to announce Jones’s resignation. Given the establishment media’s near blackout of his past statements and actions, it’s likely that the Sunday morning network talk shows would have avoided Jones completely, or would have given the topic very short shrift. A Sunday afternoon resignation would have been much more invisible — except for something that came out on Saturday evening.

I believe that Jones’s resignation may have been moved up by 12 hours or so. That’s because on Saturday evening, Scott Johnson at Powerline presented proof that roughly 40 hours after the 9/11 terrorist attacks occurred, avowed Communist Jones publicly declared that the U.S. deserved what happened. I’m not kidding.

Jones’s statements are the functional equivalents of Jeremiah Wright’s outrageous “America’s chickens coming home to roost” rant at Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ (y’know, the church Obama attended for almost two decades while managing to hear nothing inflammatory from Pastor “G__ D___ America“). They need to be more widely known.

Here they are, as reported by a far left web site early in the morning on Wednesday, September 13, 2001, covering an event in Oakland held on the evening of September 12:



Let’s repeat: “The bombs the government drops in Iraq are the bombs that blew up in New York City.”


UPDATE: At the end of the video posted here (HT to NewsBusters commenter Merkava), Jones says, “It’s the bombs that the government has been dropping around the world that are now blowing up inside the U.S. borders.” This is either a different statement made the same evening, or the statement IndyBay quoted incorrectly. It is arguably more extreme than what IndyBay quoted.


Keep in mind that Jones (in the original IndyBay quote) had to be referring to either the first Gulf War or no-fly-zone incidents, as the war to remove Saddam Hussein did not begin until 2003.

Charleston Daily Mail blogger Don Surber had this reaction to Powerline’s post a short time later: “(This is) the smoking gun that will either bring down Van Jones or Barack Obama. It is President Obama’s choice.” That choice was obvious.

From a White House media strategy standpoint, Jones’s dead-of-night resignation unfortunately ensured that he would be a topic of conversation Sunday morning, but it minimized the chance of Powerline’s bombshell becoming part of the conversation. Sure, David Axelrod had to go through the discomfort of laughably claiming that “this was Van Jones’ own decision.” That’s a mere occupational annoyance. Given the chattering class’s reluctance all along to tell viewers the full truth about Jones, his resignation gave them an opening to change the topic from “What did he say and do?” to “Whose fault is it?” (meanie bloggers, talkers, and Republicans, not necessarily in that order) and “How will this hurt the administration?” (of course, in their view and with their weeks of help, not much). No additional information about Jones himself was necessary to fuel that discussion.

The White House did the best it could with a bad situation suddenly made much worse by Powerline, and the media met the White House’s see-no-new-evil wishes/expectations. Mission accomplished: Few people know that Jones believed, and still presumably does (in the context of everything else, why shouldn’t we?), that America deserved the 9/11 attacks. You can make book that the Associated Press, the New York Times, and the rest of the establishment press will ignore what you’ve seen here.

One thing we don’t know is how aware of Jones’s “deserver” views Obama’s close left-hand adviser Valerie Jarrett was when she made this statement in mid-August:

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.

If we’re to believe Jarrett’s boast, the answer is “very.”

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  1. If these people in the Obama Administration, Obama included, lied any harder, their teeth would fall out.

    Of course they threw Jones under the bus. And they did so in an effort to minimize his reflection on them. Axelrod is a liar. this resignation was no more Jones’ idea than Axelrod is the Pope. This resignation was dmage control. Read that Emanuel and Axelrod.

    Comment by Mobile-phone-blog — September 8, 2009 @ 2:08 am

  2. Oh, and Curious George Bush NEVER LIED, right??? For God’s sake, every terror expert in the world has stated unequivacally that the invasion of Iraq was done under false pretenses, that Bush knew there were no WMDs and his entire reason was payback for not getting Saddam the first time. These experts will also tell you Curious Monkey Bush invading Iraq is the main reason for the overwhelming number of NEW terrorists the past decade. More terrorists have been created in 10 years than in the prior 50. Add to that the scumbag Injustice Dept’s imprisoning any Democrat they could railroad, the opening of our borders to cheap labor so Bush’s business buddies could hire garbage, pay them garbage, and let them use our ERs as doctor offices because they weren’t insured – gee, is it any wonder every person who has a brain cell knows that Curious Bushleague was the WORST PRESIDENT IN HISTORY. Yet all you cowards are so scared of Obama that you say he’s toast after just 9 months – after inheriting the worst economy in US history, you blame HIM for everything. After the largest numbers of violations of civil liberties – and isn’t THAT what America was founded upon? – after Pres George of the Jungle drove our freedoms and economy into the toilet, you still blame ANYONE BUT HIM!! Of course, because YOU are the ones who put him in office so to blame him would mean blaming yourselves. AND I DO BLAME YOU. If you people lied any harder your teeth would fall out – except you hillbillies don’t have that many left anyway.

    Comment by Maralago — September 8, 2009 @ 5:09 pm

  3. #2, your rant is such a pathetic monument to ignorance, I’ll just let it stand, except for these two rebuttals:

    - Obama Lied, Jobs Died
    - There WERE WMDs in Iraq; yes there were; plus 500 metric tons of yellowcake uranium (and that’s not the only justification for the war in which the American military was victorious).

    Oh, and your assumption that I supported George Bush without major, major exceptions is completely foolish. But finding out otherwise would have required some work, and I guess you’re allergic to that.

    Comment by TBlumer — September 8, 2009 @ 10:36 pm

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