Quite an eye-catching headline, isn’t it? What is even more startling is who penned it. Are you sitting down? Okay. It was Glenn Greenwald, and this is a Salon headline. No, for real! This isn’t a joke from The Onion, or a pronouncement from the Heritage Foundation, or some other conservative news outlet. Nope, this is Glenn Greenwald, whose progressive bona fides are well in order.
Now, why did Greenwald make such a pronouncement? Well, it is much the same what others of us have been yelling from the rooftops: why was it horrible when Bush did it, but awesome when Obama does it? That’s the bottom line, though. Glenn Greenwald is writing in response to a WaPo/ABC poll, and he fleshes it out more here:
[snip] Repulsive liberal hypocrisy extends far beyond the issue of Guantanamo. A core plank in the Democratic critique of the Bush/Cheney civil liberties assault was the notion that the President could do whatever he wants, in secret and with no checks, to anyone he accuses without trial of being a Terrorist – even including eavesdropping on their communications or detaining them without due process. But President Obama has not only done the same thing, but has gone much farther than mere eavesdropping or detention: he has asserted the power even to kill citizens without due process. As Bush’s own CIA and NSA chief Michael Hayden said this week about the Awlaki assassination: “We needed a court order to eavesdrop on him but we didn’t need a court order to kill him. Isn’t that something?” That is indeed “something,” as is the fact that Bush’s mere due-process-free eavesdropping on and detention of American citizens caused such liberal outrage, while Obama’s due-process-free execution of them has not.
Beyond that, Obama has used drones to kill Muslim children and innocent adults by the hundreds. He has refused to disclose his legal arguments for why he can do this or to justify the attacks in any way. He has even had rescuers and funeral mourners deliberately targeted. As Hayden said: ”Right now, there isn’t a government on the planet that agrees with our legal rationale for these operations, except for Afghanistan and maybe Israel.” But that is all perfectly fine with most American liberals now that their Party’s Leader is doing it…
Indeed: is there even a single liberal pundit, blogger or commentator who would have defended George Bush and Dick Cheney if they (rather than Obama) had been secretly targeting American citizens for execution without due process, or slaughtering children, rescuers and funeral attendees with drones, or continuing indefinite detention even a full decade after 9/11? Please. How any of these people can even look in the mirror, behold the oozing, limitless intellectual dishonesty, and not want to smash what they see is truly mystifying to me.[snip[
It mystifies me as well. I know I have mentioned numerous times about my younger brother, a huge Obot, brushing off Obama’s vote for FISA after campaigning against it. My brother referred to it as “disappointing.” Uh huh, and somehow, all of these disappointments just got dismissed or ignored, while rallying to “Hope!” and “Change!” It really is astonishing.