Jerome Corsi is making some shocking claims about an alleged plot by Barack Obama and his Democratic followers to prevent an impeachment of Obama through a “false flag” event. Through the right wing outlet World Net Daily, Corsi has announced that he has learned of plans to distract the American people from an growing movement to impeach Obama – and says that Obama’s plan is to wreck the economy so that people will forget about impeachment. “They’ll stage something… What’s ready to happen, the next I think false flag or crisis on the horizon is the bursting of the stock bubble,” Corsi says. Corsi’s conspiracy theory has spread throughout the right wing blogosphere, with writers like Susan Duclos saying that the false flag conspiracy is being planned “as talk of impeaching Barack Obama heats up”.
Is it true?
First of all, let’s consider the source of the story. We have written about Jerome Corsi before. Corsi was the guy who claimed that Barack Obama’s secret Muslim identity was revealed by the fact that he wears a Muslim shahadah ring. The ring that Barack Obama wears actually isn’t a shahadah ring, and there was never much evidence to suggest that it was, but Corsi pursued the conspiracy theory anyway, because he disagrees with Obama’s politics.
Still, it’s possible that a person like Corsi, who has proven disreputable in the past, could be telling an honest story now. So, let’s examine the conspiracy theory on its own, and see if it holds up.
First of all, we need to deal with the initial premise: That Barack Obama is being forced to create a conspiracy to distract the American people because Americans are clamoring for impeachment. A simple look at trends on the Internet shows that this premise is false. The Google Trends chart below shows the rate of searches on the dominant search engine for the term “impeachment” over the last 12 months. It shows that, although there have been a few blips of brief activity on the search term, talk about impeachment is actually not heating up.
With the premise of a popular push for impeachment gone, there’s no reason for a false flag operation.
Second, we can take a look at the logic of Corsi’s argument. Corsi says that Barack Obama and his supporters are planning an “immanent” crash of the stock market in order to prevent the impeachment of Obama, but the very idea of this conspiracy runs counter to the structure of how a false flag operation is supposed to work. A false flag operation is supposed to be disruptive, as a stock market crash probably would be, but it’s also supposed to trigger a reaction of popular support for the regime currently in power. A Wag The Dog scenario of starting a war might do that, as presidents typically enjoy increased public support shortly after the beginning of new wars, but there’s no reason to think that a stock market crash would make Barack Obama more popular. If anything, economic difficulty would make Obama more vulnerable to a genuine impeachment movement, not less vulnerable.
Third, we need to evaluate the evidence. This is easy to do, because Jerome Corsi has no evidence that any economic false flag conspiracy exists. He never presents any proof for his claims. “I suspect” and “I think” are phrases that Corsi uses. He never cites anything concrete to support his story.
I’m not writing this in order to defend Barack Obama. Obama has been a rotten president, and there is a legitimate argument to be made for his impeachment (on the grounds of his expansion of NSA spying, for example, but not on the right wing’s bizarre conspiracy theories about Benghazi and “international bankers”). As we are outraged by President Obama, however, we need to remain grounded in reality. Wild conjectures won’t bring Barack Obama down, and they won’t create the kind of political movement that will be able to deal with the serious erosion of the Constitution under both Barack Obama and George W. Bush.