Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for SFGate.com (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at CinnamonStillwell.com.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

How the KGB Used Universities to Undermine America

Pajamas Media has posted a fascinating YouTube clip of an interview with former KGB agent and Soviet defector Yuri Bezmenov, who, according to the caption, "explains how the KGB worked from within American universities to demoralize our society in a generation" (hat tip: Candace de Russy at Phi Beta Cons).

Bezmenov details the KGB's indoctrination of American university students in the 1960s to a pro-communist, anti-capitalist mindset. Those same students, Bezmenov points out, went on to become today's politicians, professors, and university administration faculty. Judging by the level of anti-Americanism in higher education, not to mention the passing of the self-loathing torch to today's college students, it appears the KGB's efforts were quite successful.

Italian communist theoretician Antonio Gramsci, whose "total state" strategy outlined how to undermine Western democracies through the subversion of their institutions, would have been proud. That Gramsci wrote his thesis from a prison cell in one of Mussolini's gulags tells the true story. As Bezmenov reminds us in his interview, the useful idiots never stop believing.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Conservatives Break With Bush

A Wall Street Journal editorial asks, "is George W. Bush still President?"

Jack Kelly opens his latest column with the statement, "President Bush has cast a huge, dark cloud over the Republican party."

A recent Peggy Noonan column is subtitled "President Bush has torn the conservative coalition asunder."

Ann Coulter's last column is titled "Bush's America: Roach Motel." In the one before that, she labels Bush "stupid."

In a Weekly Standard editorial, William Kristol writes, "Many of us used to respect President Bush. Can one respect him still?"

And this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Whether it's illegal immigration, prosecution of the war in Iraq, abandoning friends and allies left and right (Bolton, Wolfowitz, Libby, Pace), constantly caving in to the bullying of the Democrats, backing the type of liberal Republicans (Lincoln Chafee and Arlen Specter) who only serve to undermine the party, not uttering a peep over the outrages of Sandy Berger, bestowing Presidential Medals of Freedom on the undeserving George Tenet and Paul Bremer, the Harriet Miers fiasco, the Dubai Ports World debacle, massive federal spending and expansion, pushing Israel to continue taking part in false "peace processes" while sending arms to Fatah (now in the hands of Hamas), negotiating with Iran as American hostages rot in their prisons, losing the propaganda battle to America's enemies, treating ex-KGB Russian President Putin like a cuddly teddy-bear, or the return to State Department politics-as-usual, the Bush administration has become a big, fat disappointment.

All the more so to those of us who supported the president's bold break with convention in the years directly following 9/11 only to find ourselves back at square one.

The conservative love affair with George W. Bush, to the extent it existed, is most definitely over.

Onto the 2008 presidential election...