According to the New York Times:
‘Mr. Gaffney has long advanced baseless conspiracy theories, including that President Obama might be a closet Muslim. The Southern Poverty Law Center described him as “one of America’s most notorious Islamophobes.”‘
‘Engaged in the most consequential bait-and-switch since Adolf Hitler duped Neville Chamberlain.’
Gaffney served as a deputy assistant secretary of defense for President Ronald Reagan, but the administration forced him out. That is when he founded his organization, funded by a few defense corporations. His board members and advisors include top honchos from Boeing and Viacom. Right-wind foundations also support him. His organization tries to get more money for the Pentagon.
To get an idea of where Gaffney stands, he gives an annual “Keeper of the Flame” award. Its winners include former Connecticut senator and hawk Joe Lieberman and former secretary of defense and hawk Donald Rumsfeld.
After 9/11, Gaffney has been big into conspiracy theories, saying that the Muslim Brotherhood infiltrated our government. He warned of “an Islamist Fifth Column operating inside our own country with the inherent capability to exploit the vulnerabilities, and the civil liberties, of our society.”
Gaffney supported the Iraq War, naturally. He also blames Saddam Hussein for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and the 1993 World Trade Center attack.
This is where his nutty ideas about culling out the military come into play. He defended the Iraq War by often and falsely attributing this quote to President Abraham Lincoln, but the 16th president never said:
‘Congressmen who willfully take actions during wartime that damage morale and undermine the military are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled, or hanged.’
Gaffney was thrilled when the CIA wrongly stated in 2009:
‘There was a hot production line for chemical and biological agents in Iraq, that there were plans to ramp it up when sanctions were lifted, which was imminent, and to place the products of those lines into aerosol cans and perfume sprayers for shipment to the United States and Europe. That’s documented fact!’
He has written for Breitbart — no surprise there. In 2010 he said that he discovered the government had redesigned the Missile Defense Agency’s logo into “a morphing of the Islamic crescent and star with the Obama campaign logo…Watch this space as we identify and consider various, ominous and far more clear-cut acts of submission to Shariah by President Obama.”
Even the right-wing Conservative Political Action Conference banned him for years, because he accused the group of being “infiltrated by the Muslim Brotherhood.” He accused New Jersey Governor Chris Christie of “misprision of treason,” because he supposedly appointed a Muslim lawyer to a position in a state court.
He claimed that Hillary Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin had “longstanding ties” to the Muslim Brother brotherhood, and Abedin “was brilliantly placed to run Islamist influence operations.” Gaffney invited white nationalist Jared Taylor to his radio show, where he told Taylor he “appreciated tremendously” his “wonderful” work.
‘Infiltration [of the U.S. government by the Muslim Brotherhood] is obviously very deep and very broad within the bureaucracy, not just the top-level, but throughout the federal system, including the intelligence community.’
Great, another conspiracy theorist in the Donald Trump arsenal. Purging the military is just one more step toward a dictatorship.
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H/T: The Intercept.