Monday, May 1, 2006

Why I hate Juan Williams' Brain

I detest Juan Williams. But, at first glance, he seems like an affable and likeable guy who would be nice to meet and shoot the breeze with for an hour over a beer. However the conversation would be labored as I do not respect him (which certainly changes the dynamic and the basis for conversation).

My reasons include:

  • He doesn't understand basic economics. This is unforgivable for a pundit with regular access to a national audience.

  • He's seems to see things backwards. I can't explain why he's almost exactly wrong every time, but I do think that it's not a coincidence that he was a philosophy major in college.

  • He openly advocates breaking the law by those entrusted with our national defense. This is outrageous!
Specifically, on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace this week the Dean of Liberal Punditry and Psychobabble who is a fixture on this Sunday show (going back many years when it started with incoming Presidential Press Secretary Tony Snow) he openly advocates in favor of Mary McCarthy, the Central Intelligence Agency leaker who has been fired for disclosing classified information on prisons used to interrogate terrorist suspects.

But, let me begin where the outrage started:

In the first segment of the panel, the topic was gas prices. Mr. Williams opened his mouth and removed all doubt that he either skipped, flunked or snoozed through Econ 101 at Haverford College in the 70's. He wants the government to take control of gas prices. Fortunately, Britt Hume and Bill Kristol were there to set him straight.

Does he not remember when President Carter did this? Not a smart move then and virtually every economist who doesn't support communism has come out against regulating prices. When prices are forced down artificially, the impact is to increase demand rather than suppress it. When any product is priced less than its natural market value, the ordinary reaction is for the demand to increase since it's known to be more valuable on an open market than the amount that is being paid to acquire it. Inviting black markets and gangster activity in the area of petroleum products should not a desirable outcome of any economic policy.

Secondly, the illogical Williams says in the next segment that impeachment should be considered against President Bush because he leaked classified information when he released the National Security Assessment report that he largely based his decision to take out Saddam Hussein in Iraq. In fact, when the president – any president – releases classified material it's called "de-classifying" and not "leaking". The President of the United States is the number one de-classifier of information and he has the inherent authority to declassify whatever information he deems fit.

The third – and related – topic of Mary McCarthy came up. Williams however turns logic on its head and submits that if a person leaks information that furthers their political agenda (oh, he calls it "exposing the truth") in the course of their intelligence-sector job, this is justified and indeed noble. Don't worry your pretty little head about the FACT that this person is sworn to protect these types of secrets which can be used against this country by those that seek to destroy it. There are reasons why some information must be kept from the public. Our enemies absolutely relish these useful idiots when they seek to, wittingly or not, help these enemies' cause by acting out their political will against an administration that they ideologically oppose.

If McCarthy's leaking of information about secret prisons in Eastern Europe causes our enemies to be successful in attacking this country again or just denigrating our cause then she must be dealt with swiftly and severely. I would flip the switch myself on a traitor such as McCarthy with absolutely no hesitation because her actions put civilians and especially our military at greater risk.

McCarthy should be prosecuted and serve a very long time in prison. She should hope every day that her actions have not caused this country to endure another attack from these vicious and blood-thirsty killers. If they do and her illegal and traitorous actions result in harm, her neck should be on the line.

Juan Williams (
Fox News Bio) is 180 degrees out of phase and should not be allowed a pass on his disgusting and ridiculous rhetoric on Fox News Sunday.