But his new video (which I spotted via the Right Scoop) is a piece of work:
The first thing you notice is the tone, which combines the self-satisfied condescension of J.K. Simmons's sadist teacher in Whiplash with the skin-crawling creepiness of Christopher Walken in Annie Hall, or maybe Kevin Spacey in Seven. If Whittle began talking to you this way in an elevator, you'd punch every button in order to make your escape.
The subject matter is, of course, the evilness of Obama. How, specifically, is Obama evil, according to Whittle? He's so evil that he's destroying America not by dismantling the military, but by compelling the military to dismantle itself. The fiend!
FrontPage Magazine has a transcript. We start in D'Souza territory and then go from there:
Let’s just assume for a moment that you’re a radical, left-wing zealot, who was raised by actual communists, and who, naturally enough views the United States military as the tool of capitalist exploitation and colonial racism. Now, further assume that through a perfect storm of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, fate, money, power and media bias somehow conspired to make you Commander in Chief of those same armed forces.You have to hear this in Whittle's mostly crazy, half-stagey voice. (Ol' Blood and Guts was actually a theater major in college, and it shows, because he knows literally the first thing about doing effective line readings.)
What would you do?
You couldn’t very well scuttle 11 carrier strike groups. You can’t just destroy entire air wings, or armored divisions, or any of the rest -- no matter how much you may want to. That would break the spell.
If you hate this country, and you especially hate the military, you simply cannot go around destroying the weapons -- that’s too obvious. But you can do something much more subtle, and in the long run, even more disastrous, if your stated goal is to fundamentally change the country and the military that protects and defends it.
You don’t have to destroy the weapons. You don’t even have to destroy the warriors. All you have to do is create a set of conditions that are so incompatible with the warrior code that the warriors will remove themselves, because these are people who risk death and dismemberment, and whether at the tip or the end of the spear, generally live in appalling conditions, under great emotional hardship, for disgraceful levels of pay.
So what is it that the evil Obama is doing to make the real men of the military leave the service? Um ... boring shore leave! Politically correct monitoring of tattoos! Oh, and, allegedly, a policy that required one (unidentified) major to catalog all the weapons personally kept in his troops'households. Did this really happen? An order that would be a fate worse than death for any True Patriot -- gun monitoring? I don't know -- it seems too perfect as a right-wing horror fantasy -- but it does give the major an opportunity to say (melodramatically, in Whittle's voice): Sir, I will not obey that order.
When Whittle starts talking about the potential for military coups, you'll start thinking of General Jack D. Ripper. And I guess there are years' worth of videos like this. And this is normal on the right.
BONUS: Here's Whittle's greatest hit: