The MSM/DNC Lebanon-Katrina strategy
We are all familiar with the MSM/DNC's strategy so far for dealing with this week's fighting in Lebanon and Israel. "We need a cease fire; It is George Bush' fault; We need UN troops, etc. etc." These memes are old and are trotted out every time anything happens anywhere. [Soon the MSM/DNC will be calling for more gun control and higher taxes.]
But the MSM/DNC needs a new meme. It needs some strategy that will catch the imaginations of the viewers and add yet one more nit at which to pick regarding President Bush.
The strategy may have already started. We have heard much discussion regarding the evacuation of the 25,000 so-called "Americans" in Lebanon. We know that it is difficult to evacuate all of them right away. It is safe to presume that many of them will be stuck there for an extended period of time.
Once enough time has passed, the MSM/DNC will begin its Katrinize the Lebanese situation. The MSM/DNC will begin airing complaints from those who attack the administration for failing to carry out the evacuations fast enough. Human horror stories will emerge of Americans desparate to escape, going without food or water, unable to feed their children.
Congressmen will hold hearings into the swiftness of the evacuation effort. We will hear comparisons with Michael Brown and FEMA. MSM/DNC will renew its efforts to obtain the resignation of Donald Rumsfeld. Hosts of little-viewed cable TV shows will demand to know how we could rush to war against Iraq but fail to rescue our own citizens. The words "failed rescue effort" will become inseparable. Etc. Etc. Etc. Etc.
If we predict the strategy now - if we warn enough people that we are about to be deluged in another MSM/DNC endless barrage of inanity - the strategy may lose its effectiveness. We must talk about it before the MSM/DNC seizes the issue. What good is the blogosphere if we can't pre-empt these memes? These memes are as inane and predictable as they are dishonest. We should take the opportunity while we still have it.
One other point has been made by Debbie Schlussel. Most of the so-called "Americans" living in Lebanon are Hezbollah supporters:
Most of them are Shiite Muslims, many of whom hold dual U.S. and Lebanese citizenship. Many are anchor babies born here to Muslims in the U.S. illegally. Some are illegal aliens who became citizens through rubber-stamping Citizenship and Immigration Services (and its INS predecessor) coupled with political pressure by spineless politicians.
Whenever the MSM/DNC begins calling some rogue group "Americans," it is time to reevaluate the issue. It takes more than the ability to slip into this country and outwit the immigration enforcement services to become an "American." One cannot claim the status of an "American" while supporting a group dedicated to America's destruction:
Many of the 7,000 plus Detroiters in Lebanon are active in Dearborn's Bint Jbeil cultural center (the Lebanese American Heritage Club also features mostly Hezbollah fans). Bint Jbeil is a Hezbollah-dominated city in the South of Lebanon, a frequent destination of Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, who is very at home there. Bint Jbeil is a frequent source of shellings on Northern Israel.H/T Debbie Schlussel
Bint Jbeil natives now living in our country so strongly support Hezbollah that they got Republican Congressman Joe Knollenberg (and his then top staffer, Paul Welday) and then-U.S. Senator Spencer Abraham to give Hezbollah forces in Southern about $86 million of our tax money, no strings.
Given this information, and the fact that several Shi'ite Muslim Lebanese U.S. citizens from Dearborn have been indicted and/or convicted of laundering money to Hezbollah, is it a good idea to rush to bring 25,000 such persons back to the U.S. at a time when Hezbollah is at war against our strongest U.S. ally? Does the fact, that Hezbollah numerous times--and especially now--has announced veiled and not-so-veiled intentions to attack Americans on U.S. soil, make the case to quickly bring these terror-sympathizing Americans back to U.S. soil? Many are individuals whose activity should have mandated prosecution and jail-time.
The MSM/DNC has many ways of opposing America. The most clever such way is to redefine the concept of "American" until it loses all meaning. Calling for the rescue of terror supporters (and blaming a President for being too slow about it) while defining those supporters as "American" is one more step along the path toward making our heritage meaningless.
update - Michelle Malkin posts a good summary of Hezbollah activity in the U.S.
Here is one more prediction. Under pressure from the MSM/DNC, we will end up transporting, among the evacuees, hundreds of hard core Hezbollah operatives from Lebanon to the U.S.
Atlas posts more detail on the Hezbollah presence in the United States.