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Chomsky's Havana Lie By: Nick Rizzuto
FrontPageMagazine.com | Wednesday, January 19, 2005


Noam Chomsky’s speaking tour in Cuba's police state in October 2003 featured yet another Chomsky whopper that can now be laid to rest. According to Reuters,  “U.S. linguist and political dissident Noam Chomsky said on Wednesday that President Bush will have to ‘manufacture’ another threat to American security to win reelection in 2004 after U.S. failure in occupying Iraq.’ Chomsky continued, ‘They have a card that they can play ... terrify the population with some invented threat, and that is not very hard to do.’”

In fact, the exact opposite happened. On May 30, 2003, just five months before the election, the national security level was lowered from Orange (level 4) to Yellow (level 3), where it remains to this day. Also, the only places where the Orange level alerts were reserved still observed after August 4, 2004 -- Washington DC, New York City, and Northern New Jersey -- the Bush administration was soundly defeated.

 

Chomsky’s prediction concerning the 2004 presidential election was part of pattern of destructive fibs that are his stock in trade -- from understatements about the atrocities committed by communist nations to his notorious (and unfulfilled) prediction of an  American-perpetrated genocide in Afghanistan. On the other hand, Chomsky's followers hardly notice. But that is hardly surprising. Members of cults rarely check their beliefs with the facts.

 

 


Nick Rizzuto is a co-founder of ConservativePunk.com and has a degree in Public Communication from the State University of New York at New Paltz.


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