ThinkProgress notes that Newt Gingrich is due to give what promises to be a rather odd speech about war and honesty in government. Here’s the blurb about the speech:
Almost nine years after the 9/11 attacks, the United States has yet to confront the threat posed by the extremist and irreconcilable wing of Islam. Former Speaker of the House and AEI senior fellow Newt Gingrich will warn that now is the time to awaken from self-deception about the nature of our enemies and rebuild a bipartisan commitment, in Afghanistan and elsewhere, to defend America. Drawing on the lessons of Camus and Orwell, Gingrich will describe the dangers of a wartime government that uses language and misleading labels to obscure reality.
Two thoughts come to mind. First of all, Camus and Orwell were both socialists who railed against people like Newt. Both would clearly be part of any “secular socialist machine” that might have existed at the time, the very phrase that Newt rails against today. And both would not doubt aim any criticisms he might cite from them at wars that Newt supports. That’s just weird.
Secondly, he’s just now getting around to this? He didn’t think to talk about how the government misleads during times of war during the Bush administration, when they started the two wars we are in now and did so in a highly misleading way? Oh, that’s right — Republicans did those things. It’s only bad when Democrats do those things.
For that matter, Gingrich is an enthusiastic proponent of an endless global war against radical Islam that has also been sold on highly misleading grounds (not that radical Islam is not a threat, it certainly is; but most of the right wing’s rhetoric around the issue is still highly misleading — ‘they hate us for our freedom’). Imagine if Camus and Orwell were alive to be cited by Newt — their reaction would be priceless.