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Glenn Greenwald reacts to Operation Odyssey Dawn

Posted by KingShamus on March 20, 2011

Or is it Operation Goldie Hawn?  Whatever.

Here’s unrelentingly lame sock-puppeteer Glenn Greenwald’s reaction bored yawn.

There’s one other difference between Iraq and Libya worth noting:  at least with the former, there was a sustained, intense P.R. campaign to persuade the public to support it, followed by a cursory Congressional vote (agreed to by the Bush White House only once approval was guaranteed in advance).  By contrast, the intervention in Libya was presidentially decreed with virtually no public debate or discussion; it’s just amazing how little public opinion or the consent of the citizenry matters when it comes to involving the country in a new war.  That objection can and should be obviated if Obama seeks Congressional approval before deploying the U.S. military.  On some level, it would be just a formality — it’s hard to imagine the Congress ever impeding a war the President wants to fight — but at least some pretense of democratic and Constitutional adherence should be maintained.  

Every now and then, a leftist sock puppeteering cock-knocker manages to blindly paw along the floor of his ideological cage and find a nugget of truth amongst the spent kleenex rags.  In this case, it’s truth by example.  Compare Greenwald’s marble-mouthed, ho-hum, la-di-da response to Obama’s use of military force to how he continues to whine about the 2003 Iraq War.

The invasion of Iraq was unquestionably one of the greatest crimes of the last several decades.  The fact that it was illegal — a blatant violation of international law — makes it that much worse.  Imagine what future historians will say about it — a nakedly aggressive war launched under the falsest of pretenses, in brazen violation of every relevant precept of law, which destroyed an entire country, killed huge numbers of innocent people, and devastated the entire population.

If you were wondering:  Yes, apparently Greenwald gets paid to write like that.

Regardless of Greenwald’s teenage melodramatic tone, questions remain: Was Bush’s Iraq war illegal?  Is Obama’s Libyan War legal?

Well, Dubya got Congress to vote for a use of force in Iraq in October 2002.  The United Nations Security Council resolution 1441 was only one of over a dozen resolutions passed against the Iraqi Baathist regime.  Legality?  Bush had more than enough to do what he did.  

According to Greenwald’s view, the was a rush to war in Iraq.  Huh?  Democrat President Bill Clinton was an advocate for kicking Saddam Hussein out back in 1999, when he publicly declared that regime change was the official policy of the US government.  Post 9/11, there were numerous debates about taking out Saddam before the October 2002 congressional vote.  Bear in mind,  the fight to oust the Hussein kleptocracy didn’t start until March 2003.  Far from a rush to war, the Bush Administration gave Saddam Hussein plenty of time to get in line.  

Evil ruthless American warlord Premier Bush also gave the Democrat Party ample opportunity to bail out.  Instead, they merrily climbed aboard the Enduring Freedom express.  Liberal heroes in the House and Senate like Henry Waxman, Joe Biden, Anthony Weiner, Jack Murtha and Chuck Schumer all voted in support of using force in Iraq.  Being for war against Saddam Hussein was not a fringe position of the scheming neocon Right.  It was a perfectly reasonable mainstream bipartisan position.  It was also in accordance with the Constitutional powers granted to the President and Congress. 

So, it turns out something isn’t illegal just because Glenn Greenwald has a raging two year old hate-boner for George Bush.  Who knew? 

Using the criteria laid out above, does Obama’s Libyan adventurism come close to the standards laid out by Bush’s actions vis-a-vis Iraq?  Not by a parsec.  There has been no grand debate about the use of the American military in Libya.  While the UN has sanctioned the strikes against the Qaddafi dictatorship, I don’t recall hearing about the US Congress approving a declaration of war in this case.  By that alone, Barack Obama is acting in defiance of the US Constitution.

Hey Greenwald, I can see your double standard showing.

But hey, even though Operation Soaring Donkey Punch reveals the rank hypocrisy amongst American lefties like Glenn Greenwald, it’s all good in the hood.  If progressives didn’t have double standards, they would have none.  I mean, at least Greenwald is being consistent in his inconsistencies, right?

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Hmmm: The Anti-War Movement Craters

Posted by KingShamus on January 21, 2011

I wonder why.

If I didn’t know better, I’d say the 2003-2008 anti-war movement was used by the Democrat Party as a cynical ploy to score cheap political points against George Bush or something.

No, that can’t be it.

[sarc/]

Now for the most part Democrats have forgotten their strident moralistic slogans about the evils of war they employed during the Bush II Administration.  But there are a few thumbsucking libs out in the leftover-sphere who actually took the ANSWER/Code Pink/Smelly Hippie nonsense seriously. 

So what happens when an anti-war true believer gets mugged by reality?  I give you master sock-puppeteer and all-around lefty doucherocket Glenn Greenwald.  I will not bore you with all of his rhetorical throat-clearing.  Instead, let’s cut to the money quote:

Conservatives would love to bash Obama for being weak on Terrorism so that, in the event of another attack, they can blame him (and Cheney, in last night’s interview, left open that possibility by suggesting Obama may suffer from unknown failures).  If it were at all possible, they’d be out accusing him of abandoning critical programs that Keep us Safe; that’s what they do best.  But they cannot with a straight face claim that Obama has abandoned their core approach, so they do the only thing they can do:  acknowledge that he has continued and strengthened it and point out that it proves they were right — and he was wrong — all along.   If Obama has indeed changed his mind over the last two years as a result of all the Secret Scary Things he’s seen as President, then I genuinely believe that he and the Democratic Party owe a heartfelt, public apology to Bush, Cheney and the GOP for all the harsh insults they spewed about them for years based on policies that they are now themselves aggressively continuing.

Obama has won the War on Terror debate — for the American Right.  And as Dick Cheney’s interview last night demonstrates, they’re every bit as appreciative as they should be.

Fellow conservatives in my reading audience, I want you to slowly savor the delicious cream-filled nougat-rich schadenfreude of the repellent socialist Glenn Greenwald calling on President Obama to apologize to George Bush.

What’s even better here is the tacit acknowledgement by a committed liberal hack that President Bush might’ve been right about Islamic terrorism.  From roughly 2002 till 2008, Greenwald–and many others in the progressive caucus–made very loud moralistic statements about the obvious wretched villainy of the Cheney/Rumsfeld/Bush Axis of Weasel.  It seemed like every day, some voice on the left would bemoan the erosion of the Constitution by Dubya’s war and security tactics.  Going further down the proggy rathole, there were more than a few folks who said that Bush was using the War on Terror as an excuse to create a fascist police state.

My how things have changed in the Age of Obamster.  Now that St. Barry of the Holy Handout is in charge, liberals can kinda sorta give Bush the benefit of the doubt on Islamic radicalism.  With a reliable statist as commander in chief, leftists are now allowed to think it’s cool to butch up and fight the War On Terror.  And when a Republican becomes president again, you can be sure the Left will go back to calling conservatives war-mongering constitution-shredders while giving aid and comfort to the enemy. 

But don’t you dare question the progresive movement’s (on-again off-again, situationally based, politically convenient) patriotism.

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Gleen Grenwald continues to pointedly miss the point

Posted by KingShamus on April 10, 2010

Boy oh boy, there is more fail in one Glenn Greenwald piece than in a whole issue of Mother Jones.  Check it out.

 There are many legitimate criticisms voiced about Keith Olbermann, but he deserves substantial credit for his coverage last night of a story that is as self-evidently significant as it is under-covered:   Barack Obama’s assassination program aimed at American citizens.  He not only led off his show with this story, but devoted the first two segments to it, and made many of the key observations and asked virtually all of the right questions.  The videos of those two segments, worth watching, are below. 

What’s most striking to me about all of this is that — as I noted yesterday (and as Olbermann stressed) — George Bush’s decision merely to eavesdrop on American citizens without oversight, or to detain without due process Americans such as Jose Padilla and Yaser Hamdi, provoked years of vehement, vocal and intense complaints from Democrats and progressives.  All of that was disparaged as Bush claiming the powers of a King, a vicious attack on the Constitution, a violation of Our Values, the trampling on the Rule of Law.  Yet here you have Barack Obama not merely eavesdropping on or detaining Americans without oversight, but ordering them killed with no oversight and no due process of any kind.  And the reaction among leading Democrats and progressives is largely non-existent, which is why Olbermann’s extensive coverage of it is important.   Just imagine what the reaction would have been among progressive editorial pages, liberal opinion-makers and Democratic politicians if this story had been about George Bush and Dick Cheney targeting American citizens for due-process-free and oversight-less CIA assassinations.

Let’s break this down one chunk of stupid at a time.

First of all, Gleen, I know you might be hard-up for a television appearance, but I dunno if even Keef Overbite is desperate enough to have you on his show.  Also, it’s adorable that you have a puppy-love crush on Olby, but you’re obviously not his type.  Keef goes for more manly fare, like Rachel Maddow.  Sorry to spoil the fantasy, Greenwald.

Further, you give Olbermann mad props for criticizing Obama getting the CIA to target an American civilian for assassination.  Surely you must know Keef’s ratings are circling the drain.  Even if Countdown had a Special Comment on this topic every night of the week for the next 3 years, it would only reach…what…18 viewers?  And what sort of person watches Keef?  You guessed it, sport:  hard-core Obama-bots.  These people aren’t going to give a withered shit what St. Barry does.  They’re in thrall to their chocolate messiah and most likely will be forever.

But here’s where you really screw the pooch.

Republicans are not going to object to any of this.  With rare exception, they believe in unlimited executive authority and denial of due process.  They see Obama’s adoption of the core Bush/Cheney approach as a vindication of what they did for eight years (and also see it, not unreasonably, as proof that progressive complaints about Bush’s “shredding of the Constitution” were not genuine but rather opportunistic, cynical and motivated by desire for partisan gain).

You know why conservatives/GOPers see progressive complaints about Bush as ‘opportunistic, cynical and motivated by desire for partisan gain’?  Because they always have been, Glenn.  The Age of Obama has only confirmed the Donkey-Puncher’s bullshit.

Democrats made a big stink about Dubya’s supposedly intolerable levels of government spending.  As soon as they got their chance, they passed budgets that made Bush look like a hard-charging deficit hawk.  Remember how the Left banged their spoons on their high chairs over the inordinate influence of lobbyists in Republican-dominated politics?  Yeah, that’s really changed since the Democrats took over.  Oh wait, I meant it hasn’t changed in the slightest.  Let’s not forget Iraq and Club Gitmo; both were characterized as the height of American political evil that would be undone by the chivalrous Obama and the Democrat majorities in Congress.  Instead, the hated Bush policies are still in place.  I dunno about you, but I’m starting to think that maybe…just maybe…a cynical pattern of opportunistic partisan posturing is sorta starting to possibly emerge here.   

What you and every other liberal thumbsucker is going to have to get over is yourselves and your boneheaded ideas about warfare.  Your positions on the Iraq conflict, detainees, enhanced interrogation and all the rest of the quasi-pacifist agenda are fucking dumb as dirt.  Even when you get a bunch of Democrats in charge they’re not going to do what you want, which is abject surrender and capitulation.  Why?  Because even they’re not as stupid as you guys are.  Worse than that, the Donkey-Punchers know they can throw the bed-wetter brigade a few rhetorical crumbs and that will basically satisfy most of the cry babies.

So yeah, keep whining about how the CIA is gonna go after civilians.  Nobody on the left except a few cranks are going to care.  Even better, nobody in the White House or the Democrat congressional delegation is going to much of anything about your concerns.  Other than that, it will be a great success.

Also:  Glenn Greenwald is a pathetic sock-puppeteering douche.

I snagged the Salon link from Jesse Walker over at Reason’s Hit & Run blog.  Thanks a lot.

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Patterico’s having some fun with Glenn Greenwald

Posted by KingShamus on November 11, 2009

If you don’t know who the noted sock-puppeteer Glenn Greenwald is, imagine the most anal-retentive know-it-all dickbag from your high school years, add a boatload of smugness, multiply that by a heaping shovelful of arrogance and you still won’t come up to the towering jackassery that is Glenn Greenwald.

In any case, Patterico takes the dizzying intellect that is Glenn Greenwald out to the woodshed.  Much fun to be had.  Just figured I would point it out to ya’all just in case you were in the mood to see a liberal get his intellectual clock cleaned.

 

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