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  •  all i am saying is that this is a good piece (2+ / 0-)
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    GN1927, Escamillo

    of news today. you can point out that its not perfect, or you can shit on it for not being perfect. Greenwald, as much as I love him, falls into the latter category too much for my taste.

    i am not a lawyer, but the arguement is the Cole bombers attacked a military target on non-US soil, so trial by military court is an option. i'll let the lawyers suss that one out, but I am sure Greenwald, as a lawyer, will agree that there are two sides to every issue, right?

    •  It's not just the Cole bomber. (1+ / 0-)
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      There is no principled categorization going on, just who we can convict and who we can't.

      http://www.thestarphoenix.com/...

      “If I can't dance to it, it's not my revolution.” — Emma Goldman

      by Jyrinx on Fri Nov 13, 2009 at 11:41:15 AM PST

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      •  a thorny mess (2+ / 0-)
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        GN1927, Escamillo

        once again graciously left to us by the dickhead former president, which this president is trying to address as best he can at some cost to his political standing.

        but when you have a column to write, that can make for boring copy.

        •  What do you want him to do? (1+ / 0-)
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          Pretend he's happy with Obama? If Obama's not truly upholding the rule of law, Greenwald is under no obligation to say he is.

          “If I can't dance to it, it's not my revolution.” — Emma Goldman

          by Jyrinx on Fri Nov 13, 2009 at 12:42:34 PM PST

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          •  choice of tone and rhetoric i guess (2+ / 0-)
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            Greenwald can write as if he's more concerned with his brand as a columnist, or he can write straight up legal analysis of why this or that course is legally unfounded, even if politically all that's possible for now.

            my issue with they way he's chosing to write about it is that it feeds into this surly cycnism that's been popping up in the blog world. and today's news is a perfect example. here we have an action that is a nigh & day difference from what we had. there is a legal case to be made for the Cole exception. but rather than recognize either of  those two things, he write a piece that only sees rigged justice, and his fans come away seeing a half-emtpy glass.

            which is fine if its only about analysis of a particular issue. but when its feeds into an almost fad driven desire to feel outraged and betrayed, our own side starts to lose the energy we need for the political fights still ahead of us.

            in other words, I can see how some are dissatisfied with the resolution of the Cole case. when that dissatisfaction leeds to a GOP comeback through progressive cynicism and apathy, we'll be longing for the days when the Cole case was a controversy.  

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