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The Unhinged Right on Osama bin Laden, Redux

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Montana’s hive of conspiracy theories and offensive commentary, PolyMontana, is featuring a post that suggests the Obama Administration murdered the Special Forces members recently killed in Afghanistan. No, really.

Ed Berry, the site’s peculiar owner, posted a piece from “Global Research” offering a conspiracy theory rivaling the worst of those from the 9/11 Truthers. In part, it suggests:

The wiping out of 30 US special forces in the Chinook helicopter crash in Afghanistan comes at a time when Washington’s official version of how it carried out the assassination of Osama bin Laden was falling apart from incredulity.

Among the 38 dead in the helicopter disaster – the biggest single loss of American lives in the 10-year Afghanistan war of occupation – are believed to have been 17 US Navy Seals. The dead also include other members of US special forces and Afghan commandos.

The argument goes something like this: either American forces shot down this helicopter or it was crashed intentionally to cover up the “big lie” that bin Laden was killed by American forces in Pakistan. One has to assume that those responsible will themselves soon be killed to cover up the cover up. Until Jason Bourne uncovers the plot, I imagine.

Berry’s crackpot site isn’t the only rightwing outlet trying to exploit this tragic loss, of course. The Investor’s Business Daily posits that the members of the team were killed because Vice President Biden outed them to the Taliban:

The RPG that felled the SEALs may have been a random act of war. The Taliban could have just gotten lucky. Or they could have been plotting and waiting for revenge, looking for helicopters that might be carrying more SEALs on another mission, a big bull’s-eye painted on their backs by a vice president who forgot that loose lips sink ships — and can get Navy SEALs killed.

Another entirely plausible theory from an impeccable source.

It’s not surprising that people so divorced from reality could confuse a bad B movie plot with actual events, but it’s astonishing that those who identify themselves as such strong supporters of the military would be willing to exploit a tragedy like this to score cheap political points.

Offensive and ignorant beyond imagining.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it’s a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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