It only goes to show that you can be really smart at some things and not at others. That's our initial reaction, and one we tend to stick to.
On the other hand, maybe somebody or something got to Forman and he ended up making this statement to benefit his career, his family, his personal safety. Whatever possessed him, we wonder both at the motivation and the necessity.
Is Forman a formal backer of President Barack Obama? He's certainly no fan of those who complain that the US is verging on profound authoritarianism, and that it has been abetted by the current president and his allies.
Forman says he'd lived through the real thing and those that are sounding a warning over the US are just exaggerating.