Gene Healy, the vice president of the Cato Institute who has done some really great work on the abuses of executive power, went to see Dinesh D’Souza’s anti-Obama documentary and points out some of the more absurd claims it makes. Some of these are so ridiculous that one wonders how anyone could believe them.
Putting aside D’Souza’s distortions of those positions, it’s a bit odd to hang a charge of anti-Americanism on insufficiently passionate attachment to Israel and British jurisdiction over the Falklands.
Odder still is D’Souza’s claim that Obama wanted to close Gitmo because “he sees [jihadis] as freedom fighters.” If so, you have to wonder why Obama keeps killing his “freedom fighters” with remote-controlled robot assassins.
Incredibly, D’Souza cites Obama’s decision to attack a North African country, Libya, as evidence of an Afrocentric, anticolonialist worldview — Obama should have attacked Iran and Syria, too, D’Souza suggests. But he never mentions the president’s construction of new drone and spy-plane bases, and our expanding troop presence throughout Africa. Kenyan anticolonialism ain’t exactly what it used to be…
“Then there was the health care bill” D’Souza segues. But who needs a decoder ring to explain why, like every Democratic president of the post-WWII era save Jimmy Carter, Barack Obama pushed for universal health insurance? Does “anticolonialism” explain Obama’s embrace of a plan cooked up in a conservative think tank and first implemented by his 2012 Republican opponent?
Healy calls D’Souza the left wing equivalent to Michael Moore, which is something of a stretch. Moore is a polemicist and he does sometimes say things that leave me scratching my head, but he’s also made some important points here and there. D’Souza is dishonest in his handling of the evidence from start to finish. He’s a pure fantasist.