There’s no doubt former Navy Seal Ben Smith is a loon, his new line of work as a spokesman for the Right-wing propaganda machine, (pays very well) has him traveling the US ranting to Tea Party members with the well-worn shtick: the US is under attack by Communists, Islam, Muslim Brotherhood and AlQaeda. Not only have these groups penetrated the US government,( he says “they’re here”), but President Barack Hussein Obama himself is an undercover Muslim.
In the following clip Smith unloads his kooky conspiracy fear-mongering in front of the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention audience that is sitting on the edge of their seats and erupts into joyous applause when he theatrically drops the Qur’an to the floor. (h/t: AG)
The evidence of a Crusader sub-culture in the US military has made headlines in recent years and one wonders how representative Smith’s views about Islam and Muslims are of the Navy Seals as a whole; are their views as contemptuous? As insane? They are after all fighting in Muslim-majority nations!
If he is expressing himself about Muslims and Islam in this manner while at home, how was he acting when he was on patrol? Perhaps the only comfort out of all of this is the hope that he is doing this for the money, joining the circus of proud bigots who’ve happily joined the bandwagon of fleecing old, gullible Tea Partiers.