The new Attack Watch web site is Barack H. Obama’s latest project to dismiss as stupid anyone who criticizes him or his policies. It will do nothing but motivate the base—of his opponents.
What is Attack Watch all about?
The Attack Watch site is a project of “Obama for America.” That’s the original Obama campaign organization, that the man now holding office as President has never disbanded.
The site shows white and red text on a black background. It relies on ordinary Internet users to report any attacks on Obama to its special community, Attack Wire. Anyone may “report an attack” on the home page. The webmasters want to know about “attacks” of all types:
- TV interviews
- Public statements
- Forwarded e-mails
- Rumors (which they don’t define)
- Ads on TV, video, or radio
- Web sites
Your editor wonders how long it will take before CNAV earns a listing on Attack Watch.
The site asks for donations on many of its pages, from the home page to the terms-and-conditions page for submissions.
The “Attack files” listing on the home page shows the four issues that scare Obama the most. At the time of posting they are:
- Immigration policy
- Israel and the Middle East
- Gun control
- Bank bailouts
That’s right: the Troubled Asset Relief Program still embarrasses Obama, even today. But Obama still feels the need to comment on whether he is a natural-born citizen. This “Attack File” on that subject has a link to the same flawed, multilayered document (in PDF form, not JPEG or PNG or GIF) that Obama offered before. Bob Unruh at WorldNetDaily noted one issue that Attack Watch will not discuss:
There also are those who argue that even should Obama have been born in the U.S. as he claims, his father’s status as an alien precluded him ever from qualifying as a “natural born Citizen.”
Among them: Nicholas E. Purpura and Donald R. Laster, Jr, plaintiffs in Purpura v. Sebelius, the most comprehensive lawsuit against the health care reform bill. Among their fifteen counts, they say that Obama never had authority to sign the bill into law, because he is not a natural-born citizen.
Reaction to Attack Watch
how much of this crowd-sourcing feature is real, and how much is just letting people feel involved. If there’s a guy at OFA whose job it is to sift through these submissions, his is officially the worst job in the world. Let’s not even think about what kinds of attachments that poor guy is going to have to look at.
If Hall’s account is accurate, the quantity of submissions will be far greater than the quality.
This shows that Mediaite.com is laughing at Attack Watch. The Washington Post reports that a lot of Twitter users are laughing, too.
It’s safe to say that in its 24 hours of existence, Attack Watch has already backfired, becoming a tool for conservatives to use against Obama 2012. A tweet by conservative author Brad Thor summed up the critics’s argument: “Wow, not only are Obama & Co. incredibly thin-skinned, they’re paranoid.”
Maybe Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) owes Star-Ledger (Newark) columnist Tom Moran an apology! Last year, Christie called Moran “The Thinnest-skinned Guy In America.” The (un)worthies at Attack Watch seem to have beaten Moran for that dubious distinction.
Nadine DeNinno at International Business Times chides the Obama campaign for building a site like this. Among “Five Reasons the Obama Gatekeeping Site is Pointless,” DeNinno says that Attack Watch is mainly a money-raising tool (or a waste of money, or both!). She also said that Obama’s opponents could use Attack Watch against him. Then she asks:
Attacking an opposing belief, isn’t that just the definition of the word “Politics?”
It is. And Noah Rothman is not laughing at Attack Watch. Or is he?
Are your friends and neighbors disseminating attacks or misinformation about the Obama Administration? Well, citizen, now you have a place to report those poor souls to the Bureau of Correct Thought—AKA, #AttackWatch or, on Twitter, @AttackWatch… or on the web at www.AttackWatch.com.
Rothman cites the legend of Pavlik Morozov. Morozov died in a fight over a gun—but Stalin’s government said that his family killed him after he informed on them for counter-revolutionary activity.
[O]ne of you lucky people can be the USA’s Pavlik Morozov—with a healthy love for the regime, you too can inform and be rewarded. See something, say something!
Attack Watch in perspective
Saul Alinsky (Rules for Radicals) did say that ridicule is a potent weapon. So those who laugh at Attack Watch, do so to apply Saul Alinsky’s rules against one who thought himself Saul Alinsky’s star pupil.
But beyond laughing, every American ought to recoil in horror. No American President has ever done anything like this. Rothman is correct: this is Soviet-style government-by-informer. And they’re not asking for reports of discarded backpacks or abandoned cars that could blow up and kill someone. They’re asking for reports of dissent against the government or attacks on the character of the (supposed) President.
One of us is a stoolie! A dirty, stinking stoolie!
That line from Stalag 17 suddenly became much more relevant than the scriptwriter ever imagined.
Featured image: a snapshot from the Attack Watch site.
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Terry A. Hurlbut has been a student of politics, philosophy, and science for more than 35 years. He is a graduate of Yale College and has served as a physician-level laboratory administrator in a 250-bed community hospital. He also is a serious student of the Bible, is conversant in its two primary original languages, and has followed the creation-science movement closely since 1993.
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