Saturday, March 22, 2008

Not Divisive, Wrong

Earlier in the week Slate's Mickey Kaus had this wise observation on Barack Obama's speech on race:

As such, Reverend Wright's comments were not only wrong but divisive, divisive at a time when we need unity;

Doesn't Obama mean Rev. Wright's comments were 'not only divisive but wrong,' rather than the other way around? Isn't it worse to be wrong than "divisive"? Is unity the overriding virtue for Obama?

Welcome to the world of left-wing identity politics, where unity and loyalty to the collective are praised above truthfulness. In this spirit I noticed part of Jeremiah Wright's infamous 9/11 speech, reprinted on CNN's website.

We bombed a plant in Sudan to pay back for the attack on our embassy, killed hundreds of hard working people, mothers and fathers who left home to go that day not knowing that they’d never get back home.

In fact, we didn't killed hundreds of people in the Sudan, the attacks were timed in the middle of the night, to avoid casualties, only a handful of people were wounded.

Sudanese newspapers reported Saturday that the strike had caused $100 million worth of damage at the factory. Five Sudanese were reported seriously wounded.

See Barack, it is not a matter of being divisive, it is a matter of being wrong, and a matter of your lack of judgment.