Chomsky: Fast and Loose with the Facts
Chosmky is fuming again. This time it's because John Negroponte who was the former US Ambassador to Honduras was recently appointed the same position in Iraq. Negroponte, who Chomsky claims was responsible for the "international terrorist campaign in Nicaragua", will be unable to deliver on the prospect of democracy in Iraq, because of his past.
Chomsky believes since the World Court in the Hague ordered the United States to end it's "unlawful use of force" that implies Negroponte was the head of an international terrorist organization sponsored by America. Leaving the absurdity of the claim aside one should note, "when there were free elections in Nicaragua, and Mrs. Chamorro took office, all the lawsuits, all the complaints against the United States were dropped, when [there was] a democratically elected country." Chomsky should know this, yet he refuses to inform his readers. How do I know that Chomsky knows this, because it was pointed out to him by Bill Bennett in a debate with Chomsky on CNN.
If one thought that was the worst of Chomsky's blatant disregard for placing facts in their proper context and misinforming his readers he or she would be wrong. The last few sentences of the article are almost unbelievable:
Several days after Negroponte's appointment, Honduras withdrew its small contingent of forces from Iraq. That might have been a coincidence. Or maybe the Hondurans remember something from the time when Negroponte was there that we prefer to forget.It's almost laughable to believe that Chomsky is actually arguing that Honduras withdrew 370 troops from Iraq because John Negroponte was appointed ambassador. If Hondurans remembered something about Negroponte that we Americans prefer to forget than why send troops in the first place? If their experience was so bad, as Chomsky tries to show in his article, then why even help America at all?
Chomsky can't answer these questions and won't. There is a simple reason why, because the actual motive why Honduras withdrew its troops out of Iraq had nothing to do with Negroponte, but that would not fit the Chomkyan belief that America is the biggest terrorist state in the world. In fact the President of Honduras stated, "The soldiers have accomplished the goals of their mission [as outlined by the Honduran Congress and] United Nations Security Council resolution 1483." Leaving aside the president's statements there seem to be another reason why Honduras withdrew its troops - Spain. In March terrorist blew up a train in Mardid, because of Spain's support in the war against Iraq. After Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero was elected the new president of Spain he declared that he would withdraw Spain's troops, Hoduraus followed a couple of day's later, that was no coincidence.
But then again why bother with facts? The Chomsky version of the world where everyone hates America because of her past terrorist activities should suffice.