Video: Blackfive rips William Arkin on “The Big Story”; Update: John Gibson interviews Arkin

posted at 6:34 pm on February 1, 2007 by Allahpundit

The boss couldn’t make it today so Matt Burden, a.k.a., B5, pinch hit.

Did he write the line about Hugo Chavez beforehand? I think he did.

Update: Sigh. YouTube’s not working properly, as usual, so the clip might or might not play for you. Sorry for the glitch. Keep trying; if it’s still not playing by 7 p.m. ET, I’ll put it on our server for downloading.

Update: Damn, I wish I’d gotten to this first: Johnny Dollar has audio of Arkin getting hysterical on John Gibson’s radio show this afternoon.

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No worky video.

Savage on February 1, 2007 at 6:40 PM


Troy Rasmussen on February 1, 2007 at 6:42 PM

YouTube’s being wonky. Sit tight…

Allahpundit on February 1, 2007 at 6:42 PM

It worked for me. Well said, MAJ Burden–way to stick up for the troops. And the Chavez line was a classic.

ReubenJCogburn on February 1, 2007 at 6:48 PM

Its working now…

shooter on February 1, 2007 at 7:05 PM

Hey! What’s wrong with Hugo Chavez as business editor? I understand he’s the sole owner of every business in Venezuela now!

flipflop on February 1, 2007 at 7:07 PM

Man, Gibson really tees B5 up with the “Is he betraying an attitude that has so far been submerged?” question. That’s not a bad point though. Maybe Arkin is trying to find a way to make it “okay” to be against the troops without feeling guilty.

Enrique on February 1, 2007 at 7:08 PM

Worked for me. Wouldn’t it be nice to hear just one Democrat come forward and defend our troops or even better condemn the columns that Arkin and the Washington Post have put up?

d1carter on February 1, 2007 at 7:10 PM

It worked for me.

I thought it was pretty classy of Matt to skip avoid the lefts call of Arkin doesn’t have the balls (can we say that here?) to go to Iraq and to wish he didn’t come back.

Could we setup a pay-per-view steel cage match with Matt & Arkin? Proceeds could be donated to winner’s (and by winner I mean Matt) choice of charities.

phineas g. on February 1, 2007 at 7:10 PM

god I love blackfive…
Arkin is an ass…

BadBrad on February 1, 2007 at 7:11 PM

The Major really covered quite a bit and did extremely well in just a few minutes. Gibson did toss a few softballs to him, but Matt knocked the hell out of a couple of ’em. Hope this gets some big3 play (the abcnbccbs club)

shooter on February 1, 2007 at 7:14 PM

Worked for me. Wouldn’t it be nice to hear just one Democrat come forward and defend our troops or even better condemn the columns that Arkin and the Washington Post have put up?

d1carter on February 1, 2007 at 7:10 PM

Don’t hold your breath.

TwinkietheKid on February 1, 2007 at 7:23 PM

Nice job.


Karl on February 1, 2007 at 7:24 PM

Matt was serving up filet of Arkin, roasted. Well done.

BlackFive is one of my “stops” after and Hot Air.

Zorro on February 1, 2007 at 7:33 PM

The Gibson clip is quite telling. Arkin claims all of these deep rationales for what he wrote and refuses to back down. Dispassionate reading of his two articles says something quite different.

Mr. Arkin is plainly anti-American, anti-military, anti-Iraq and anti-Bush. The Washington Post would be well served to begin a search for a new military analyst.

MCPO Airdale on February 1, 2007 at 8:21 PM

The Washington Post would be well served to begin a search for a new military analyst.

They’ll probably give him a promotion and a raise, but there’s hope… he wouldn’t be the first person to frisch himself out of a job.

Laura on February 1, 2007 at 8:56 PM

Would it be fair to say that this POS Arkin is the anti-anti chickenhawk?

Maybe the military should hire him to do their military recruitment campaigns. The guy makes it sound like such a cushy job.

Buy Danish on February 1, 2007 at 8:56 PM

Anyone else notice the irony of what Arkin said “I said I was bothered by the notion that “the troops” were somehow becoming hallowed beings above society, that they had an attitude that only they had the means – or the right – to judge the worthiness of the Iraq endeavor.”

as compared to what Maureen Dowd (and others) have said in the past “the moral authority of parents who bury children killed in Iraq is absolute.”

Arkins claims that troops don’t have absolute moral authority but Dowd says they (or their parents) do…so which is it libs???

truthmattersfa on February 1, 2007 at 9:07 PM


Not only Maureen Dowd et al.

What about Max Cleland, Murtha, Kerry, and Webb? Why did they run Tammy Duckworth? Weren’t we told they had absolute moral authority too? Haven’t we been told that the “neo-cons” like Cheney who didn’t serve in the military are beneath contempt?

Buy Danish on February 1, 2007 at 9:33 PM

If ya like BlackFive, read “The Blog of War”. Excellent work.

Tony737 on February 1, 2007 at 9:49 PM

Two questions: why do tinfoil hatted loons LOOK and sound like this guy…always…unwashed, unshaven, dirty even. I say send it to Iraq and let him serve six months FOR FREE!

Dumb and imbecilic, kind of like Sarandan, Robbins, Penn and Jihad DF Jane! They tell us what they want us to hear, not the truth, not what’s real, just lies, lies and more lies. We need to do more than post guys…write WaPo and NBC…maybe even McCain and anyone else we can think of. This guy needs to get fired ASAP!!!

sharinlite on February 1, 2007 at 10:17 PM

Sounds like it time for a celebrity death match. Arkin -vs- Anybody fresh out of basic training.

Mojave Mark on February 1, 2007 at 10:35 PM

Matt did a fine job of rebutting Arkin by keeping his cool and letting his opponent’s negative momentum carry him to defeat. We need less shouting and more calm, cool reason when rebutting the lefty extremists. When they make half-ass comments, please give them the courtesy of letting them make complete asses of themselves.

Tantor on February 1, 2007 at 10:46 PM

“Beheading – tisk, tisk”

“Abu Ghraib – cunundrum”

Another cuu-nuun-druuum for this dude is “we’re in a different era than Vietnam” – and his constantly raised voice denotes that he’s clearly pi—d that the American people are not on his side.

Good for J. Gibson to read him the latest polls.

Entelechy on February 1, 2007 at 11:28 PM

“…….. let us win”

I think “we” know what needs to be done…….. and “who” does not? T..R..A..I..T..O..R.

It’s not that he just disagrees with how the war is going, but to mention his thoughts on the troops…… like his words weren’t immediately taken, edited, and spread all over the AQ network. Oh, he didn’t think of that…. They allow alternative points of view, don’t they? Don’t they?

Hey, A-hole, these troops will be comming home, some already are, some have served in other campaigns, some are on your local police and fire departments, local judges, store keepers, teachers, priests, in your union, and live two doors down……. when you cry, “Heeeaaalllppppp”, and no one comes, who are going to blame?

PinkyBigglesworth on February 2, 2007 at 12:17 AM

How similar this is to JOhn KErry’s Winter Soldier testimony in 1971. Same ghostwriters?

Claire on February 2, 2007 at 1:50 AM

The more I read about the Arkin (SPIT!), his so-called “retraction,” the angrier I get.

georgej on February 2, 2007 at 3:11 AM

Jeez, this guy needs to try Sanka.

More hysterical than Andi Sullivan.

benrand on February 2, 2007 at 4:57 AM

This assclown Arin has planted the seed. Just like Murtha did with all his pulling out crap, soon the leftist lunatics will be protesting, then San Fran Granny & dirty Harry will be telling everyone “this is what the country believes, this is what you think”.

oakpack on February 2, 2007 at 8:24 AM

I like to see the lefty journalists go down ugly in flames. It smells like … victory.

Tantor on February 2, 2007 at 9:34 AM

The Washington Post also recently gave an op ed platform to Hamas’s Ismail Haniyeh.

Hilts on February 2, 2007 at 9:51 AM

Arkin issued *ANOTHER* so-called “appology” today.

But no apology compensates for his behavior, which has been to consistently PUBLISH LEAKED TOP SECRET data. See Ace of Spades’ article at for some specifics (more about this later in this post).

Arkin personal history includes (according to an Hugh Hewitt back in 2003):

Arkin cut his teeth with the lefty Institute for Policy Studies, and went from there to positions with Greenpeace, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and Human Rights Watch. He has been a regular columnist for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. In recent years he has taken more mainstream work as a senior fellow at the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University (he appears to do most of his writing not from the SAIS campus, but from his home in Vermont).

He is also the regular military affairs columnist for the Los Angeles Times (what a surprise that the Times employs a Greenpeace alum as its military guru) and a commentator for MSNBC.

and Hewitt further notes in his 10/23/2003 Weekly Standard article:

ARKIN SET OUT to damage an administration he unquestionably loathes,

As Ace of Spades notes, Arkin is:

…not a journalist, he insists– he’s an activist. (He really says this.) His “career,” such that it is, seems to consist exclusively of taking leaks from embittered leftties in the espionage/military communities and publishing these national security secrets.

Ace then reprises a Howard Kurtz article listing some of the secrets Arkin has compromised.

AJ Strata has announced a boycott of WaPo’s advertisers and included WaPo editor Jim Brady’s response to his demand to fire Arkin. Brady’s response to Arkin’s critics, including AJ?

Thanks for taking the time to write. We’ve obviously gotten a lot of negative response to Bill Arkin’s column over the past two days, and many readers — such as yourself — have written to ask that we fire Bill. But we’re not going to do that….

My contempt for the Washington Post (and Jim Brady) continues to grow.

I am not going to mince words (not that I ever do). But I am going to be as explicit as I can, even if it gets me banned.

William Arkin is a clear and present danger to the national security of the United States. NOT because of this blog posting alone, but because of a consistant pattern of behavior including his employment (and advocacy for) several far-left organizations (Greenpeace, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and Human Rights Watch) and because of his repeated publication of national defense secrets.

The blog posting (and subsequent faux apologies) shows his utter contempt for our serving military. His pattern of behavior, including his open contempt for America’s military and his hatred of the Bush administration, shows that IF ARKIN COULD, HE WOULD RELEASE INFORMATION THAT WOULD COMPROMISE OPERATIONAL SECURITY AND CAUSE US CASUALTIES IN IRAQ.

I want to see William Arkin arrested for espionage and treason. I want to see Arkin either in prison or in the ground.

georgej on February 2, 2007 at 12:06 PM

Arkin lets slip the mask

He simply let slip the mask held up to hide the hate of the Left.

Bush flew onto an Aircraft Carrier to give a hearty thankyou to our guys and gals by noting the end of the Iraq army with a statement of “Mission Accomplished”.

That mission was. The reason the Left was angry was because it was a thankyou to the military they despise.

The new mission is peacekeeping. It’s cost 20 times the lives and is still a work-in-progress. It’s ugly… but not as ugly as the unfounded criticisms.

The (D)emocrats only plan is to demand “Hands off Iran” demonstrating that French oil profits and Russian arms sales are more important the the (D)emocrats then Human Rights violations, the export of terrorism or a nuclear holocaust.

A nuclear holocaust their appeasement enables:

“It is fine for Democrats to talk of “redeployment” out of Iraq, “engagement” with Syria and Iran, more soft power, Europeans and the United Nations, organizing “regional interests,” etc. — until one realizes that we did mostly just that for most of the 1990s.

And? We got Syrian absorption of Lebanon, Afghanistan as an al Qaeda base, a Libyan WMD program, worldwide serial terrorist attacks, Oslo, a Pakistani bomb, a full-bore Iranian nuclear program, Oil-for-Food — and 9/11. If one doubts any of this, just reflect on why the Democrats have not offered any specific alternative plans. And when pressed, they usually talk only of “talking” and thereby bring embarrassment to even their liberal questioners.” — VDH

DANEgerus on February 2, 2007 at 4:06 PM