Wesley Pruden: Better late than never...I guess.
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Wesley Pruden, editor emeritus of The Washington Times, really pushed the envelope yesterday. In 'Inner Muslim' at work in Cairo Friday, June 5 2009 we learn concerning the Obama trip:

Now it's on to Normandy, to apologize to the Germans. It's the least an American president can do after the way the Allied armies left so much of Europe in rubble. There's a lot of groveling to do for what America accomplished in the Pacific, too….Apologizing for manifold sins against civilization is not always easy, but it's simple enough: "Blame America First." You just open a vein and let it flow. In Cairo, Mr. Obama opened an artery.

Pruden is quite right to resent the disdain and hostility for America which exudes from Obama’s every pore. Also the shallow ignorance:

Big talkers don't know when to stop when they're on a rhetorical roll because they can't remember which facts are actually facts and which "facts" they're making up. Mr. Obama even attributed the Golden Rule, from the teachings of Christ, to "every religion." In an interview before the Cairo speech, he called the United States one of "the largest Muslim countries," based on its Muslim population…The most reliable estimate… would make the United States the 48th "largest" Muslim nation, just behind Montenegro. Mr. Obama often has trouble with numbers, big and small; he once boasted of having campaigned in 57 states.

(I should have remembered that when I wrote Can Obama count? )

But what are we to make of

Mr. Obama's revelation of his "inner Muslim" in Cairo reveals much about who he is. He is our first president without an instinctive appreciation of the culture, history, tradition, common law and literature whence America sprang. The genetic imprint writ large in his 43 predecessors is missing from the Obama DNA…Kenya simply routed Kansas.

Culturally, of course, Pruden is absolutely right. But genetic? Obama’s mother, fanatical leftist, anti-white bigot and sexual scalawag though she was (see America’s Half Blood Prince Chapter 2 Pages 26-36) appears to have been old American stock.

The writer of such a powerful philippic can perhaps be excused a minor misstatement. What the experienced VDARE.com reader will want to know is: Is this the same Wesley Pruden who drove the late Sam Francis out of The Washington Times for considering the same kind of racial/cultural issues (on his own time)? As Alexander Hart wrote here

it was Wes Pruden who fired Sam Francis for stating the obvious about race and genetics at an American Renaissance conference in 1994. [Why Race Matters, American Renaissance, September, 1994]

If rather than repressing Sam, Pruden had actually allowed him and others to discuss these topics at the Times, perhaps he would not to be having write with such despairing fury in his retirement.

So what happened?

Obama dared to criticize Israel.

...it was more fun to fish for applause by berating America and throwing rocks at Israel. "Let there be no doubt: The situation for the Palestinian people is intolerable. America will not turn our backs on the legitimate Palestinian aspiration for dignity, opportunity and a state of their own." Israel, he said, must "live up to its obligations," but he had hardly a word of rebuke for the long record of broken Palestinian promises. It was a remarkable insult to an absent ally, delivered to the applause of Israel's sworn enemies.

Sam Francis himself had no doubt Pruden was obeying Neoconservative dictates in getting rid of him.

Oh, well. It’s an ill wind

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