Carly Fiorina did pretty well in the Republican undercard debate. As a result, her poll numbers and more importantly, donations, have been rising.
So, naturally, her rivals for the VP slot in the Republican nomination have brought out the long knives. In particular, they focus on a speech she gave as CEO of Hewlett Packard two weeks after 9-11-2001, in which she appears to effusively praise Islam.
There was once a civilization that was the greatest in the world.
It was able to create a continental super-state that stretched from ocean to ocean, and from northern climes to tropics and deserts. Within its dominion lived hundreds of millions of people, of different creeds and ethnic origins.
When other nations were afraid of ideas, this civilization thrived on them, and kept them alive. When censors threatened to wipe out knowledge from past civilizations, this civilization kept the knowledge alive, and passed it on to others.
While modern Western civilization shares many of these traits, the civilization I’m talking about was the Islamic world from the year 800 to 1600.
I guess we’re supposed to take from this that Fiorina (or FioRINO as some are calling her) is actually a closet Mohammedan who is going to sell us out to the Muslim Brotherhood and help our terrorist enemies acquire weapons of mass destruction.
First, it’s a bit late to be worrying about that. Second, while Fiorina’s rightward shift from the positions she ran for the senate on a few years ago should give conservatives pause, I’m not sure this speech is quite the smoking gun her opponents are hoping for. It’s a lame speech by a corporate CEO with lots of pablum about diversity and making connections between people. Her praise of the Caliphate is over-the-top and historically questionable. It may betray a tendency to unquestionably accept politically correct narratives. It may raise questions about her authenticity, but I don’t think it means she thinks ISIS is all that and a bowl of falafel.
I don’t think it’s a big deal, but I’m open to other points of view.