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August 24, 2011 - 10:57 am

Treacher catches actor, liberal Democrat activist and possible New York mayoral candidate Alec Baldwin flirting with Trutherism on twitter. Aside: After this and Weiner, Democrats should seriously consider banning themselves from twitter. It’s clearly too much of a hazard for them to handle.

But back to Baldwin. He sets up his trutherism in a series of three tweets. The first was a response to a fan’s tweet, which said:

“What lie do you keep telling yourself is true?” That is a great question.

After tweeting that response, Baldwin tweeted:

Do you think Bin Laden was behind 9-11?

And then tweeted this:

What is Amalgam Virgo?

Like Treacher, I’d never heard of Amalgam Virgo. Here’s what Jim found out about it.

Operation Amalgam Virgo is a CINCNORAD joint task counter-terrorist and field training exercise (FTX) carried out in Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida on early June 2001. NORAD sponsored the multi-agency planning exercise involving the hypothetical scenario of a cruise missile or UAV launched by a terrorist group [1]. Osama Bin Laden was pictured on the cover of the proposal for the exercise. Key military players involved in the exercise also included personnel from the 1st Air Force battalion, the U.S. National Guard, the U.S. Reserve forces, and the U.S. Navy.

Several naval ships including the USS Yorktown and the Navy Aegis cruiser were dispatched to the Gulf of Mexico as part of the multi-service anti-cruise missile operation. Military land personnel from the 1st Air Force also engaged in gathering radar information on low-level targets by using the Joint-Based Expeditionary Connectivity Center (JBECC), a mobile shelter capable of being deployed to high-risk regions while providing early warning signals on cruise missile attacks.

First, let’s lay it on the line: Alec Baldwin believes that the United States military perpetrated 9-11 in a joint attack on the US homeland. That out of the way, can any of my fellow former airdales see what’s wrong with that write-up? Clue:

Key military players involved in the exercise also included personnel from the 1st Air Force battalion, the U.S. National Guard, the U.S. Reserve forces, and the U.S. Navy.

The “1st Air Force battalion” doesn’t exist. The US Air Force doesn’t have a single “battalion” at all. Its org structure goes from airman to section to flight to group to squadron to wing to numbered air force to major command. Battalions are for the ground-pounders. If the minds behind “Amalgam Virgo” got that very basic and verifiable fact wrong, what else did they get wrong? Probably everything. There’s more than one “Navy Aegis cruiser,” for example. “Aegis” means “shield” and is a missile defense system found on both cruisers and destroyers. Say it with me, Alec: Twitter is my enemy, but Google is my friend.

But when you’re as simultaneously as self-involved, pretentious, egotistical and ignorant as Alec Baldwin evidently is, facts don’t really matter. It’s more the pity that Baldwin’s best work is in those credit card ads he’s currently doing…in which he plays himself as self-involved, egotistical, etc.

(h/t Ace)

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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