Books are the mind’s feast even when they are controversial. While Americans gathered to thank God for our beloved country, I spent much of Thanksgiving seeing America through the eyes of a man who detests her. William Ayers, author of Fugitive Days, is a professor at the University of Chicago. His resume includes organizing violent anti-War riots in the 1960s and 70s and, as part of the militant Weather Underground, helping to bomb the Pentagon.
“Everything was perfect the day I bombed the Pentagon. It was ground zero for war and conquest, organizing headquarters of a gang of murdering thieves, a colossal stain on the planet, a hated symbol everywhere around the world.”
The level of Barack Obama’s connection to Ayers and his wife, Bernadine Dohrn, is bitterly contested. More important than their social connections is the fact that, as a young activist in Chicago, Barack received his ideological orientation and philosophical formation in the Marxist environment Ayers and Dohrn helped establish in the community organizing network. The President has openly surrounded himself with advisors who are connected to Ayers or his Communist world view. Reading Fugitive Days was like finding the intellectual blueprint for Obama’s anti-War on Terror.
On Tuesday, the President will unveil his new strategy for Afghanistan. Filling in for Greta Van Susteren during On the Record, Shannon Bream, questioned Congressman Kucinich about the impact of Afghanistan on our national security. Congressman Kucinich answered:
I would suggest that the fight isn’t in Afghanistan, it’s here in our own country. We’re mired in debt, we’ll go deeper in debt for this war…this war is undermining our nation. We need to address this issue head on and ask, “What do we gain from this?” Because I don’t see any upside to this at all. I’m against any further taxes to pay for this war…we can’t keep paying for these wars.”
Talking point- there is no War on Terror. “The war is undermining the nation.” The President will grant fewer troops than requested by his own general and the relief troops will not arrive for many months. Leaks point to a consolidation of protection for key cities, abandonment of the outlands to the Taliban, and a quick exit. This is the next step in the end of the War on Terror. The first steps were the plan to close Guantanamo, the attempt to prosecute lawyers involved in the interrogation of terrorists, ignoring, then obstructing inquiry about the Ft. Hood Terrorist Attack, putting the War on Terror itself on trial by trying the 9-11 mastermind as a U.S. Citizen, and months of neglecting Afghanistan.
The world view that drives this dereliction of duty was verbalized by Bill Ayers when he appeared on Democracy Now, and spoke of the mood in Grant Park on Obama’s election night.
“(They) were also celebrating – I mean, you could kind of cut people’s feelings with a knife…the sense that we were going to leave behind the era of 9-11, the era of fear and war without end and repression.”
After three Weathermen were killed while building bombs, Bernadine Dohrn, the brains behind Ayers, declared that their anti-war, revolutionary movement would no longer be militarized.
“We’re going to build a new political organization right here. We’re political people and we’re organizers. We’re not military and we never will be.”
The Fugitives turned themselves in to the FBI in 1980. Though they had destroyed hundreds of thousands of dollars of property, contributed to the vilification of our troops and helped deliver Viet Nam to the Communists, they were set free on a technicality and now occupy prominent places in anti-Capitalist academia in Chicago, a beautiful bourgeois home in Hyde Park and a regular seat at Starbucks where they can imbibe the sweat of imperialist exploitation.
The fruit of Fugitive Days will be on full display Tuesday night when a child of the anti-War revolutionaries confirms our flight from the War on Terror. The people of Afghanistan, the women in particular, might soon have another opinion about Ayers’ claim that his ideology never killed anyone. By perpetuating utopian love of Marxism and disdain for the American defense of freedom, in the heart of a young community organizer, the unrepentant leaders of the Underground prepared the U.S. to abandon another country to the torture of radical dictators.
Happily for Americans, one of the many blessings we give thanks for every year is that we have been protected from all threats to our freedom. The revolutionaries of the 1960s who declared that we were on the verge of becoming a Communist country did not destroy the Pentagon, nor did the next wave of radicals who tried to destroy the symbol of our national defense. There is too much fight left in us to be destroyed by four short years underground.