Daniel J. Flynn is a right-wing neo-conservative that has written such books as; Why the Left Hates America, and Intellectual Morons : How Ideology Makes Smart People Fall for Stupid Ideas.  In his latter release he comes off as a self-proclaimed nonpartisan yet from what I’ve read according to Flynn only liberal ideology causes smart people to make mistakes.

People who know me well also know I have a laundry list of “people I love to hate.” Ann Coulter, Bill O’Reilly, Joe Scarborough, Ted Nugent, and of course Rush Limbaugh… Most of these individuals have made a career of “talking out of their ass.” Hypocrisy, arrogance, and ignorance is a right of passage for their pursuit of “the truth” (as their ideology permits.)

I’d like to take this time to congratulate Mr. Flynn on making my list.  If he were simply a writer for the Christian Right never attempting claims of non-bias informational viewpoints I wouldn’t have a problem.  But no, he’s got to throw out a manual against every celebrated civil rights, feminist, scientist, activist, and sociologist in the guise of a “nonpartisan” opinion on individual ideology blinding true facts titled, Intellectual Morons.

Mr. Flynn can’t see past his own ideology to write a true book of facts, which by essence a title like Intellectual Morons demands. It’s really a shame because I was excited to read it.

While reading through some posts on Mr. Flynn’s site I came across a nice little series of comments proving that this whole “blinded by ideology” statement needs further conversation.

Bush and his top advisers ignored many of the caveats and qualifiers included in the classified report on Saddam Hussein’s weapons.” Specifically, the President made unequivocal statements that Iraq “has got chemical weapons” two months after the DIA concluded that there was “no reliable information on whether Iraq is producing and stockpiling chemical weapons.” He said, “Iraq has attempted to purchase high-strength aluminum tubes suitable for nuclear weapons production” three months after the White House received an intelligence report that clearly indicated Department of Energy experts concluded the tubes were not intended to produce uranium enrichment centrifuges. He said, “Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa,” three months after “the CIA sent two memos to the White House in October voicing strong doubts about” the claim. CIA officers “said President Bush ignored warnings” that his WMD case was weak. The Bush State Department’s top intelligence official, “said suspicions were presented as fact, and contrary arguments ignored.” “Senior diplomatic, intelligence and military officials have charged that Bush and his top aides made assertions about Iraq’s banned weapons programs and alleged links to al-Qaeda that weren’t supported by credible intelligence, and that they ignored intelligence that didn’t support their policies.”

“U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix said his teams have not uncovered any WMD.”

“Senators were outraged to find that intelligence info given to them omitted the qualifications and countervailing evidence that had characterized the classified version and played up the claims that strengthened the administration’s case for war.”

Posted by Robert at September 28, 2004 12:16 PM

Followed by this post:

You’re right, it was a Bush mistake. But, it was a mistake by a leader who believed there was a clear and present danger to the United States.

A leader who had the sack to do what he thought was right to protect us. A reactionary move based on our loss of 3,000 U.S. citizens. Remember that?

I’m not in love with this guy, but I’d rather have someone like him in my corner than a politician like Clinton who would never put anything on the line unless the polls said to. Or this other politician Kerry who would be King and is incapable of making any decision at all.

You guys kill me. You parrot back quotes and internet info as proof that you’re right without even considering the consequences and reality of what not making a decision like that might have meant.

It’s all clear as crystal now and easy to sit there in your jammies and pontificate after the fact.

Posted by asdf at September 28, 2004 01:16 PM

Thanks for not even being courteous enough to leave even a semi-real name Mr. Asdf and thank you even more for being blinded by your ideology…