No, that’s not a typo in the subject line. Today’s post is not about “messenger RNA,” the therapeutic breakthrough at the center of the Moderna and Pfizer COVID vaccines. In this case, “mRNC” refers to “mouthpieces of the Republic National Committee,” the media sources who, in a swap that would make Faust blush, have abandoned their intellectual integrity in pursuit of being the loudest voice in the right-wing echo chamber.
Addressing this topic was precipitated when a respected friend sent me an article by Neil Patel, co-founder of The Daily Caller, titled, “What the Protests in Cuba Tell Us About the Left’s Agenda for America.” Let me start by quoting Patel’s own description of his media outlet. It is “an online news outlet, and The Daily Caller News Foundation, a nonprofit that trains journalists, produces fact checks, and does investigative reporting.” A worthy mission that seems more honored in the breach than the practice. Here are today’s headlines on The Daily Caller’s home page.
- Rand Paul To Send Letter To DOJ Asking For Criminal Referral Into Dr. Fauci
- Deion Sanders Has Pathetic Reaction After Reporter Addresses Him By His First Name
- U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Gets Humiliated At The Olympics
- Dolly Parton Goes Viral With One Simple Video
- Wednesday Morning Dispatch: Eric Swalwell Embarrasses Himself Yet Again
Based on these news “priorities,” the journalists Patel claims his non-profit trains seem more likely to be the next generation of anchors and correspondents at TMZ or Entertainment Tonight or InfoWars contributors. Take the story about the U.S. women’s soccer team by Daily Caller Foundation trained David Hookstead, who writes:
I never cheer against America, but it’s damn hard to cheer for our women’s national soccer team. They’ve spent years protesting and complaining about money, and then they get obliterated to open the Olympics.
If you can’t even show up and win, then why are we putting up with any of the other nonsense?
Yes, the women lost their first Olympic match ending a 44 game winning streak. Will they still be “humiliated” if they make it out of group play and win the gold medal in what everyone admits will be a less than normal Olympic environment? Additionally, Patel did not mention the history of income disparity between the men’s and women’s squads or the fact the men’s national team failed to qualify for the Olympics. So much for fact-checking and thorough investigative reporting.
Which brings me back to Patel’s take on Cuba. Make no mistake about the dire situation in Cuba, a nation in crisis searching for an identity whose future has been influenced for 70 years by strong personalities ranging from U.S.-backed Fulgencio Batista, a military dictator who served as head of the government from 1952-59 to Russian-backed Fidel Castro who led the nation from 1959 to 2008. Two extremes neither of which have foreshadowed a better life for the Cuban people.
FACT: The current situation in Cuba represents a difficult foreign policy choice for President Biden not helped by an inconsistent back and forth by his three predecessors. In 2002, George W. Bush announced “the initiative for a New Cuba.” In exchange for political and economic reforms, Bush offered to ease restrictions on humanitarian assistance and resume mail service between Cuba and the U.S. In 2014, following 18 months of secret talks, Barack Obama announced the reestablishment of diplomatic relations. In response to bipartisan criticism, Obama pointed to a half decade of tension which had served neither the Cuban people nor American national security interests. To fulfill his desire to undo the Obama legacy, Donald Trump immediately re-imposed travel restrictions and severed diplomatic ties. To hamstring his successor, on January 11, 2021, Trump re-designated Cuba as a “state sponsor of terrorism” and imposed new sanctions.
History may not have the answer to the current crisis, but it does tell us what not to do.
- Support the protesters with armed mercenaries.
- Covert operations to take out the current leadership.
- Create an environment that results in another Mariel boatlift.
- Make Cuba more dependent on Russian assistance in return for Cuba becoming a Kremlin puppet including a Russian military base within 100 miles of the U.S. mainland.
It might be a good time for politicians and journalists to read Graham T. Allison’s analysis of October 1962 titled, “Conceptual Models and The Cuban Missile Crisis” (September 1969/American Political Science Review). Graham found that the two more traditional models of decision making–the state is a unitary rational actor and there are systems/procedures that produce rational outputs–would have been disastrous. He posits a third model, based on Miles’ Law, “Where you stand depends on where you sit.” It requires the reconciliation of different viewpoints (e.g. the hawkish General Curtis LeMay and the more dovish long-time JFK aid Theodore Sorenson). In contrast to the Bay of Pigs, in which tactical decisions were seen as the purview of the Department of Defense and CIA, Kennedy wanted a team of advisors with very diverse perspectives. In October 1962 that collective arguably made the difference between peace and nuclear war.
For argument sake, let’s assume Patel is correct when he claims there are Democrat members of Congress who support communism over the aspirations of the Cuban people (although there is no evidence to support this position). In line with Graham’s third model of decision making, they should have a place at the table as they are the ones who might envision a pathway to resolving the crisis in a way that meets major objectives without backing any stakeholder into a precipitous corner.
But that also assumes Patel actually cares about resolving the crisis in Cuba. Instead he uses the crisis to reinforce false narratives. Biden and his followers are anti-capitalists. The corporate media is a tool of Biden and the left-wing of the Democratic party. Big Tech is turning us all into socialists. The proof comes when he completely forgets his concerns about Cuba and jumps the shark to take on his real target.
The American left is pushing a truly radical policy vision through the Biden administration. It is attempting to expand the government by trillions of dollars more than any time in history. Its vision includes government involvement in many new areas of American life.
In other words, the Cuban crisis was just one more beard to disguise Patel’s true passion, once again promoting an RNC talking point, Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda is a radical, anti-capitalism plot. Let me remind Patel and other “journalists” of his ilk, owning the libs solves nothing. Which is what makes him a certified, clinically tested mRNC.
Patel names names. Five to be exact. And generalizes these five individuals represent the Democratic leadership, 314 members of Congress and 82 million voters who made Biden the 46th president. I wonder what his response would be if I reminded him of the dozen or more 2020 congressional candidates who embraced QAnon. Would he agree these 12 plus advocates of debunked conspiracy theories are representative of the entire GOP?
For what it’s worth.