Worse than Cheney:
“It is true that, when it comes to secrecy and executive power abuses, Obama is not Dick Cheney," said Glenn Greenwald, author of "How Would a Patriot Act" and a columnist at The Guardian. "Cheney never targeted U.S. citizens for assassination, nor prosecuted whistleblowers at anywhere near the rate Obama has, nor waged a war (in Libya) after Congress expressly rejected its authorization."
Mr. Greenwald does have the litigator's fetish for framing every sentence in the most aggressively dichotomous way possible down cold. Ordering dessert with him must be a bitch; "Are you going to order the tiramisu or are you objectively pro-Hitler?"
Because in Glennview there are always two-and-only-two acceptable positions on all issues: agreeing with Glenn 100% right down the line and worse-than-Cheney.
Another nice touch?
The 2,000 mile broad-jumping elision over the fact that the "Congress" is, in fact, the House Republicans and that their rejection of the Libya authorization (225-to-8) was nothing more than a continuation of the GOP's well-documented strategy of pathologically obstructing by any means necessary every single fucking thing -- from a Veteran's Disability Treaty to their own leadership's crappy budget "Plan B" to every jobs bill to the Consumer Protection Agency Chief -- that might possibly be construed as a victory for the Kenyan Usurper.
But yes, by all means let's get President Obama out of the business of making national security policy and military decisions behind closed doors and put the responsibility for these vital functions where Glenn clearly believes they belong.
In the hands of Michele Bachmann.
And Louis Gomert.
And Ted Cruz.
And Virginia Foxx.
For some reason this dose of unhappy reality never seems to penetrate any Purity Caucus discussions regarding reining in Emperor Barack OStalin, but make no mistake, given the current makeup of the Party of Personal Responsibility this is exactly the arrangement Mr. Greenwald is proposing.
Which makes me wonder why his "liberal" fans are so cool with adding national security to the list of things the GOP should be allowed to hold hostage in exchange for privatizing Social Security or a 30% tax cut for billionaires?