William Ayers, "Former" Radical
10:19 PM, Oct 6, 2008 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Stories at Politico and ABC refer to William Ayers as a "former radical," but wouldn't Ayers need to disavow his Sixties extremism to be a "former" radical? He infamously told the New York Times in a story published on September 11, 2001, that he regretted not setting more bombs. As late as April 2008, he publicly railed against "terrorism" being committed by the U.S. military and called for a "revolution" against capitalism. Andrew Ferguson wrote in his TWS cover story on Hyde Park ("Mr. Obama's Neighborhood," June 11):
In that same blog post, Ayers wrote:
William Ayers--a man who had once plotted to kill hundreds of U.S. soldiers and their dates at a dance at Fort Dix--is still a left-wing radical who thinks that U.S. troops in Vietnam were the real terrorists. There's no indication that he ever tried to keep his radical beliefs secret--and there's every indication that Obama knew that Ayers was a terrorist who had not repented for his deeds when the two teamed up as political allies in Chicago and became "friends."
Just because the Obama campaign and the media want to say that Ayers is "now mainstream" doesn't make it so.