I’m not sure how many of you remember Naomi Wolf, author of the once widely touted book The Beauty Myth more than twenty years ago. Thinking back, the last time I recall hearing much about her was during the 2000 election cycle. (She worked for Gore.) But apparently she’s still out and about, staying active in public policy and sharing her various opinions on social media. And some of her most recent theories are certainly… interesting.
Author and former Democratic political consultant Naomi Wolf published a series of Facebook posts on Saturday in which she questioned the veracity of the ISIS videos showing the murders and beheadings of two Americans and two Britons, strongly implying that the videos had been staged by the US government and that the victims and their parents were actors.
The post has since been deleted – apparently on the advice of an old friend and mentor from the New York Times – but the internet never forgets, as they say. Here’s a captured image of it with the details behind this fascinating theory.
But Wolf doesn’t limit her interests to ISIS. She’s also keeping close track of the Ebola crisis. In particular, she’s keeping tabs on the way the United States is sending thousands of troops over to Africa to assist with the humanitarian effort. But she seems to have some reservations about… oh, just read it for yourself.
Wolf published a separate Facebook post, also on Saturday, suggesting that the US was sending troops to West Africa not to assist with Ebola treatment but to bring Ebola back to the US to justify a military takeover of American society…
She also posted at great length on Ebola, including a post arguing that the US troops traveling to Liberia were not actually sent to help fight Ebola, but rather to further the aim of a “militarized Africa” and because this “creates a direct vector into the US” for Ebola, meant “to justify military condoning [sic] of US population.”
Just to add some spice to the stew, in the same day she also accused Great Britain of some sort of conspiracy, saying the vote on Scottish independence had been faked.
Not knowing Ms. Wolf personally, and without any sort of first hand testimony from those who do, it’s impossible to say what’s happened here. There’s room for healthy debate on every topic of public policy, but this is pretty far off into the twilight zone. (And this is coming from somebody who watches Finding Bigfoot every week, so…) If this was a single day’s work for Ms. Wolf which is not repeated, I suppose it’s possible that she was just having a bad day. But if this represents a body of work that she’s been amassing for a while now, she may be in need of some help and some friends.