Dana Rohrabacher, Orange County's senior career politician, hit the national media circuit last week and in typical angry fashion laid out another of his kooky conspiracy theories against President Barack Obama.
During a Nov. 15 appearance on Fox's Greta Van Sustren, Rep. Rohrabacher followed up on calling Obama a liar during a congressional hearing earlier that day by declaring the president is "not worrying about radical Islamic terrorism."
What's the basis for the Costa Mesa Republican's opinion?
According to Rohrabacher, Obama is going easy on radical Islamic terrorists because, while he did immediately declare the Sept. 11 Benghazi assassinations of U.S. foreign service personnel an act of terror, he didn't specifically employ the words 'Muslim terrorist attack.'"
That presidential word choice reveals something terribly sinister to the 12-term representative who first ran for Congress in 1988 as a "term limits champion" and, though he's not a scientist, infamously speculated in 2007 that dinosaur farts might have caused an ice age on the planet.
"There's something going on there," an intense Rohrabacher told Sustren. "Well, what I . . . what I . . . when the president can't utter the words, 'Muslim terrorist attack.'"
Apparently, just saying those words is more meaningful than action to the congressman because otherwise who in their right mind would suggest that the president is sympathetic to Muslim terrorists after Obama ordered the capture or killing of high-level Muslim terrorists like Osama bin Laden, Abu Yahya al-Libi, Fahd al-Quso, Anwar al-Aulaqi, Umar Patek, Harun Fazul, Ilyas Kashmiri, Said al-Shihri, Anwar al-Awlaki, Abu Hafs al-Shahri, Ammar al-Wa'ili, Abu Ali al-Harithi, Ali Saleh Farhan, Baitullah Mahsud, Noordin Muhammad Top, Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, Abdul Ghani Beradar, Muhammad Haqqani, Qari Zafar, Abu Ayyub al-Masri, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, Sheik Saeed al-Masri, Hamza al-Jawfi?
"The president was in battle mode, in the middle of a campaign, and felt that any type of things that made it look like the threat of radical Islamic threat is still upon us would be harmful to him politically," said the still angry congressman. "The arrogance and dishonesty reflected in all of this is a little bit breathtaking."
Cooper repeatedly demanded that Rohrabacher share the evidence that Obama lied, but got nowhere.
"Well, we have all kinds of evidence," said the congressman, who offered none. "Everybody in the country heard him and people speaking for him, but the president as well, talking about movie rage as being the motive behind a crowd that got out of control and killed our ambassador and three other diplomatic personnel."
Cooper corrected Rohrabacher, telling him his assertion "goes against the facts as have been presented by the director of intelligence and even General David Petraeus."
The congressman cut him off. "No," he said. "You don't have the facts."
In the rightwing blogosphere that was so right about Mitt Romney's presidency, Rohrabacher was laughably celebrated for trouncing Cooper.
In 2008, Rohrabacher--who has no investigatory skills and hasn't had a private sector job in more than 30 years--diverted federal public funds to himself to investigate a 39-year-old, already solved case: Sirhan Sirhan's confessed assassination of Robert F. Kennedy in Los Angeles.
He didn't have any facts but he was, he said, sure he could prove a secret Arab conspiracy was behind the killing.
R. Scott Moxley’s award-winning investigative journalism has touched nerves for two decades. An angry congressman threatened to break Moxley’s knee caps. A dirty sheriff promised his critical reporting was irrelevant and then landed in prison. Corporate crooks won’t take his calls. Murderous gangsters mad-dogged him in court. The U.S. House of Representatives debated his work. Pusillanimous cops have left hostile messages using fake names. Federal prosecutors credited his stories for the arrest of a doctor who sold fake medicine to dying patients. And a frantic state legislator literally caught sleeping with lobbyists sprinted down state capital hallways to evade his questions in Sacramento.