Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Newest Right-Wing Islam Smear

The anti-Islamic, right-wing, Christian fundamentalists over at Andrew Breitbart's Big Government are at it again with their Obama conspiracy theories and the attack on supposed American-Christian values.  In an article by Frank Gaffney, Gaffney first starts off discussing the ballistic missile policies of the Obama administration but then turns into a short rant against Islam, pointing out a new design for the Missile Defense Agency's logo, in which the right-wing delusional Gaffney seems to believe the new logo features a "crescent" and that it seems to "fit an increasingly obvious and worrying pattern of official U.S. submission to Islam and the theo-political-legal program the latter’s authorities call Shariah." Really?

I cannot understand how Gaffney comes up with the conclusion that a redesigned logo is proof that the United States is on the path to Shariah law. Even looking at the redesigned logo, I see what the right-wing claims to be an Islamic crescent, but I do not draw the same conclusion that Gaffney does.  Maybe he is upset because the logo changed for the Reagan-era agency, but there appears to be no change in function.  According to their "About Us" page, the agency's purpose is as follows:
The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is a research, development, and acquisition agency within the Department of Defense. Our workforce includes government civilians, military service members, and contractor personnel in multiple locations across the United States. We are focused on retaining and recruiting a dedicated workforce interested in supporting our national security.

As we develop, test, and field an integrated Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS), the MDA works closely with the Combatant Commanders (e.g. Pacific Command, Northern Command, etc.) who will rely on the system to protect the United States, our forward deployed forces, and our friends and allies from hostile ballistic missile attack. We work with the Combatant Commanders to ensure that we develop a robust BMDS technology and development program to address the challenges of an evolving threat. We are also steadily increasing our international cooperation by supporting mutual security interests in missile defense.

The MDA is committed to maximizing the mission assurance and cost effectiveness of our management and operations through continuous process improvement.

The only question I have is "why the change," although I do enjoy seeing such stupid criticisms such as Gaffney's, for they only aid in illustrating the hatred and ignorance of the right-wing.

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