You’ve seen it in the movies — two jet fighter pilots are locked in mortal combat. One gets the upper hand, moves into position, and fires an air-to-air missile. The missile streaks towards the other jet and in desperation the targeted pilot presses the button labeled CHAFF to discharge a cloud of metal foil with the intention of fooling the guidance system of the missile. You’ve perhaps seen it in a submarine movie. One submarine moves in behind and launches a torpedo and the command come from the bridge of the targeted sub: “launch countermeasures” and a device is ejected that emits noise designed to confusing the homing system of the torpedo. In nature, an octopus when attacked releases a cloud of dense black ink to blind the predator.
I find this all very similar to the article by Jerome Corsi that appeared a few days back in WorldNetDaily, an article in response to my publishing the new Congressional Research Service Report on presidential eligibility. Corsi ejects chaff to distract from the real target, the crank legal views he and others at WorldNetDaily popularize. I do not enjoy watching birthers squirm, but I am viscerally offended when they attack decent people and try to turn good and evil on its head.
What Corsi does is to take bits from the 50-page CRS report that would make it seem that the report didn’t take certain questions seriously or that it ignored the birthers’ argument. Anyone who has taken time to read the report (something birthers don’t usually do) would know otherwise. Indeed the report is quite savvy when it comes to understanding the birther position (and explaining why it is hogwash).
Chaff distractions include comments about Obama’s birth certificate (not related to the report) and various “unanswered questions” that are actually answered thoroughly in the report. Corsi further diverts by remembering “excoriating attack [on eligibility] launched on McCain by the Democrats and the mainstream media” which to my recollection never even happened. It certainly didn’t happen here.
WorldNetDaily writes as if the CRS report is the sole act of one Obama supporter, but a commenter here points out the fallaciousness of that idea. Another commenter takes on WND in a more point-by-point fashion.
As the Bible says:
4 The wicked are … like chaff which the wind drives away. 5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment
Psalms 1:4-5 (NASB)
Now back to the beach!