Ben Stein proves that my initial distrust of him was completely justified. TBogg catches him excoriating Mark Felt for bringing down the Nixon Regime and trying to pin the Cambodian Genocide on The Enemies of Nixon.
Never mind that Khmer Rouge were born during the years that they spent pinned down in the jungle, going slowly insane as US B-52s rained all manner of hellfire and destruction down upon them.
Never mind that the war in Viet Nam COULD HAVE ENDED if Nixon and Kissinger hadn’t SABOTAGED THE 1968 Paris Peace Talks in order to insure Nixon’s victory in the ’68 elections, thereby extending the Viet Nam war and further destabilizing the region.
Stein has the temerity to say “No one doubts RN would never have let [the Cambodian Genocide] happen.” Yes, because the deaths of two million Viet Namese really sated him, y’know.
Maitre d’: Good evening sir and how are we today?
Mr. Creosote: Better.
Maitre d’: Better?
Mr. Creosote: Better get a bucket. I’m gonna throw up.
Nixon was an war criminal. Blaming those who opposed his unjust and illegal war for what happened in Cambodia is pure folly. Perhaps Ben Stein is counting on the average reader to be ignorant enough of history to accept this line of crap. Or perhaps he’s that self-deluding. You just never know with these “conservative” types, do you?
::UPDATE:: The Fixer cracks the pattern of the Right Wing Noise Machine in action. They’re all saying it. Holy cow, what a bunch of loons.