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  •  Thanks for the reminder about Salon. (8+ / 0-)

    I had actually gone through his entire Salon archive at one point to get a sense of his work, and this was how my current view of him formed - and everything since then has simply reinforced it.  I don't think some of the people defending him here really understand just the incessant, compulsive, constant, paranoid, delusional, and frequently absurd attacks on Barack Obama from every possible angle and excuse this man has written during the course of his career.  

    He literally cannot tell the difference between this administration and the preceding one, or between the Democratic and Republican Parties (except when he's praising the latter), and very clearly actually seems to think it's many times worse.  Anything that proves otherwise is just a devious conspiracy that, by Greenwaldian logic, actually proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Obama is every bit the villain portrayed in his screeds and we who go by Occam's Razor are just deluded lickspittles who fail to appreciate the infinite Ptolemaic epicycles of bullshit whereby Greenwald rationalizes characterizing night as day and up as down.  

    How do people not recognize such a brazen liar and bigot?  How do they not smell him a mile away?  What malfunctioning logic compass in people's brains allows a person who writes like this in a serious professional context to be regarded as even socially acceptable, let alone morally praiseworthy?  I will never, ever get that - I will never get how people thought George W. Bush was "personable" when I all I saw was a petty, cruel, and childish bully, and then were shocked - shocked - when his actions were those of exactly the kind of person he appeared from the get-go.  What do these people get from Greenwald?  Does some part of them share in his narcissistic fantasy of being part of some moral elite that no one so crude as to take part in a real government can join?  Is that it?

    Every time I read this prick and find people defending him, I'm reminded of this sickening bubble of hypocrisy and self-delusion in our midst, and as a firm - I will even admit, fanatical - believer in a reality-based community, it offends the hell out of me.

    A slaver says: "Work for me or I'll kill you." A corporate executive says "Work for me or I'll take away your means of survival." Is there a difference?

    by Troubadour on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 02:40:25 AM PST

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    •  My Two Cents (11+ / 0-)
      He literally cannot tell the difference between this administration and the preceding one, or between the Democratic and Republican Parties (except when he's praising the latter),
      Far be it from me to defend Greenwald, but he is writing primarily from a Civil Liberties perspective.  I personally think Obama is, on the whole, infinitely better than Bush and that the Democratic Party is, on the whole, far superior to the Republican party.

      But that doesn't mean that there are not aspects of Obama's administration, particularly in the civil liberties area, that I find quite troubling.  In some aspects he actually is worse than Bush.  I'm thinking of his crackdown on whistleblowers, his excessive invocation of the state secrets doctrine, and his claim that the President in his sole discretion has the right to kill American citizens if he believes they are terrorists posing an "imminent" (very loosely defined) threat.  In other aspects he is equally bad, including surveillance, failure to prosecute Bush administration war crimes, and failure to prosecute Wall Street fraud.  I don't think it shows an irrational hatred of Obama or Democrats to point out these shortcomings.

      "[W]e shall see the reign of witches pass over . . . and the people, recovering their true spirit, restore their government to its true principles." Jefferson

      by RenMin on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 07:21:38 AM PST

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      •  that's the spirit (2+ / 0-)
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        I, for one, appreciate calm rejoinder reflecting the merits of the respective parties.  Those of us recognizing the OCD element of Greenwald's stances easily ignore that part of his diatribes and read columns with actual insights.  I hope that is the Guardian's rationale.

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