Saturday, January 06, 2007

Reality is a Liberal venue

Expanding on our recent theme of wingut accountibility, Glenn Greewald continues with his excellent deconstruction of the Wingtopians aversion to reality. He tears John McCain a new one over the hapless McCain's insistence on spinning the midterm rejection of the war into a palatable denial of reality. A dish that thankfully few outside of the die-hard war mongers are willing to dig in to anymore.

If it was just McCain, and his handful of jackboot lovin' cohorts perhaps this would seem more pathetic than important, but as Glenn points out in linked piece at The American Conservative, this gross historical revision has taken over almost all of Rightopia. Glenn runs down the major pundits that have been covering up the adminstration's lies for so long that they wouldn't recognize the truth if it bit them in the ass. Since Glenn is so much more eloquent than me, I'm going to give him the last word.
All of these self-proclaimed super-patriots who spent the last three years shrieking that anyone who criticizes the war is a friend of the terrorists are now being forced to admit that the war is unwinnable. But rather than acknowledging their reversal, they seek to erase the public record, both to salvage their reputations and to obscure the intensity of their attacks against those who were right. Such vitriol against critics muted debate in the first place and ensured that we stayed in Iraq, pretending all along that things were going great.

There is nothing wrong with acknowledging one’s errors and changing one’s mind. When genuine, this should be encouraged. But these pundits are not doing that. They know that they were on the wrong side of the most vital issue of the last decade, and in trying to reverse their predictions reveal themselves to be deeply flawed not only in judgment but also in character.
The only questions left in my mind are, why is anyone paying these people money to propound such easily refutable lies? And why on earth is anyone still listening to them?
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

^ someone else with a little more authority on all things Iraq has some problems with mcain and liebermans analysis as well.

as for why are people paying the hawks? they aren't. the AEI and the weekly standard don't turn a profit. they are backed by rupert murdoch (Fox, weekly standard) and ultra rich ultra zionists mental patients (AEI, AIPAC). Why they are on C Span or MSNBC is beyond me. All the think tanks should be leveled. what a ridiculous concept a "think tank"

4:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

some of them are rather funny though. my personal favorite is david Horowitz's "everything the left said about the war was wrong" from recently after the fall of baghdad. of course, everything the left said came true about a month later.

4:51:00 PM  
Blogger nolocontendere said...

Glenn Greenwald has been on a tear lately.

1:30:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Lester, thanks for the link. I heard Ollie came out against the surge and I hadn't seen that item. And you're right that think tanks are a joke. They're mostly just the privitization of propaganda.

Nolo, how true. Some complain that he's too wordy but I love Glenn.

9:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the Weekly Standard has lost money every year of it's history.

10:15:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

That's why politics invented deep pockets Lester.

10:20:00 AM  

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