Steve Bannon, the former head of Breitbart News and President Donald Trump’s ex-senior counselor is well known for his hating pretty much anyone who isn’t a straight, white, American male. But if you ask Bannon why it is he hates other nationalities, well, that’s where things get interesting.
Journalist Joshua Green wrote a bestselling book about Bannon, in which he asks the president’s right-hand man exactly why it is he feels Muslims are a threat to America.
He told Green, as is described in the book Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency:
‘It was not hard to see, as a junior officer, sitting there, that [the threat] was just going to be huge. We’d pull into a place like Karachi, Pakistan – this is 1979, and I’ll never forget it – the British guys came on board, because they still ran the port. The city had 10 million people at the time. We’d get out there, and 8 million of them had to be below the age of fifteen. It was an eye-opener. We’d been other places like the Philippines where there was mass poverty. But it was nothing like the Middle East. It was just a complete eye-opener. It was the other end of the earth.’
The problem, however, is that his account of the story isn’t all that accurate. The Intercept actually decided to fact-check Bannon’s claims, and to do so, they enlisted the help of six sailors who served on the same ship as Bannon. According to them, the vessel didn’t stop at Karachi during its 1979-1980 deployment. Furthermore, the ship’s deck logs back their claims, and show no stop on the way to the Arabian Sea. Moreover, the port of Karachi itself wasn’t run by the British in 1979, The Intercept points out.
‘Karachi, which is the commercial hub of Pakistan, had a population that was well short of 10 million (it was about half that) and is not usually considered part of the Middle East.’
But the biggest problem is that the destroyer Bannon served on, the USS Paul F. Foster, never visited Karachi while Bannon was aboard.
As The Intercept points out:
‘It’s not clear whether Bannon’s account of visiting Karachi is an intentional fabrication or a false memory that reflects his subconscious fears, or something else entirely. Whatever the reason, it raises a lot of questions. Bannon did not respond to several inquiries from The Intercept. A close friend of Bannon’s who is in regular contact with him, and spoke on the condition of not being named, said Bannon had not read Green’s book and that the quotes attributed to him had not been checked with him. Green, the author, told The Intercept that the interview with Bannon occurred in 2015 and was recorded and transcribed.’
For more information, access The Intercept’s article at this link.
If Bannon had known his ship docked in Hong Kong, not Karachi, we'd be in an existential struggle with Confucianism https://t.co/SL0zoQxtGT
— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) August 11, 2017
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