Latest Right Wing Furor Over Missile Defense Agency Logo Debunked
Frank Gaffney, of the Center for Security Policy, a well known and prolific Right Wing ideologue, has been touting that the newest logo being used by the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency, in his opinion, bears a resemblance to the Obama campaign logo used during then candidate Barack Obama's ultimately successful run for president.
Mr. Gaffney has written a voluminous body of work on his beliefs regarding what he calls "Islamofascism" and its influence throughout the world.
Pertaining to the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency logo, he has also indicated that the symbol appears to display a stylized star and crescent, a nod to an Islamic symbol.
Richard Lehner, of the Missile Defense Agency, explains that the symbol was adopted by the agency 3 years ago, during the Bush administration, to save money.
Mr. Gaffney has previously accused President Obama of using secret code language to communicate with Muslims when the President has addressed members from the Muslim world.
In the past, Mr. Gaffney has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy during the President Ronald Reagan's administration from 1983 through 1987.
Frank Gaffney was a speaker at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which occurred in Washington D.C., beginning Thursday, February 18 ending on Saturday, February 19, 2010. Mr. Gaffney gave a lecture entitled Secular and Religious Transnationalists.
According to Richard Lehner of the MDA, the agency added the second, more contemporary, three-colored logo to its recruiting materials three years ago as a cost-saving procedure over the continuing five-color logo. The newer design was added to the agency's updated website last fall, where both now appear.
For those of us who in high school days may have been symbolically challenged by some Shakespearean lines, Lehner provides this explanation:
"The symbolism of the design is that it shows missile defense as a global system to defend the US, our deployed forces and allies and friends, as depicted by the path of an interceptor missile and a flash (not a star) denoting a missile intercept."
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