"I'm not saying Bush and Hitler are exactly the same, obviously they're
not. OK? But there are some eerie similarities to the tones that they use," says
Bennish in his critique of U.S. economic and foreign policy.
Towards the end
of the class, Bennish goes on to say, "I'm not in anyway implying that you
should agree with me, I don't even know if I'm necessarily taking a position.
But what I'm trying to get you to do is to think about these issues more in
depth and not to just take things from the surface."
I actually think the quotes there are pretty tame compared to some of the things he says on the tape. The man actually proposes the idea that the U.S. and Mexico will go to war because of some chant by the crowd at a soccer game that was against Americans. Right. Gotcha.
And what is this fascination with comparing President Bush to Adolf Hitler? I have noticed this a lot in some of my college classes, and it baffles me. I don't care if you like the current administration or not, there is no comparison. At all. Get over it.
Listening to the tape, there is just so much here to comment on, I don't know where to start. The tenth grader who is taping him is actually more logical and thoughtful than the teacher. That's pretty scary.
(Live blogging the tape) The teacher is now preaching at his students about how the "intelligence world works" because, quite obviously, he is a seasoned veteran of covert operations the world wide.
We are also evil because we (the U.S.) were willing to let thousands die to get rid of Castro. Eh?
Now he is defending al Qaeda for their attacks because the CIA and FBI had offices in the World Trade Center. Beautiful.
He then absolves himself from any responsibility with the words "You need to decide this for yourselves."
Ahh, listen to the tape if you can. Kind long, but it makes up for that by infuriating you.