Glenn Greenwald: “There’s no question that Obama’s commencement of this war without Congressional approval, and especially Hillary Clinton’s announcement that Congress has no power to restrict the President in any way, are acts of pure imperial lawlessness.”
I recently claimed on Facebook that Glenn Greenwald got punked by Obama just like so much of the Leftie base, as I commented on Greenwald’s Miranda lament from last week. A couple of friends were quick to point out that Greenwald couldn’t have gotten punked because he criticized Obama’s FISA vote back in 2008 – just months before the election – so that I shouldn’t even try to turn this into an “I told you so” moment (yes, I have Leftie friends).
But if you read his FISA vote column, Greenwald tries to have it both ways. He says that what Obama did was wrong – no excuses allowed – but then he writes this: “It is just as imperative today as it was yesterday that the sickly right-wing faction be permanently removed from power and that there is never any such thing as the John McCain Administration”. No qualifiers, no caveats. The implication being that a non-right-wing president – such as Obama would be, if elected – was just what the doctored ordered.
Of course, Greenwald could have also switched his support to Nader or some other candidate other than Hillary or Obama right there and then. But he didn’t. And he wasn’t going to. By then, he was already the victim of the Obama campaign’s sophisticated marketing/propaganda operation.
You know, really sophisticated. Unlike a rube…