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Tue Mar 25, 2014, 01:28 PM

43. I applaud President Obama's efforts to curtail the NSA, and urge him to take even stronger measures.

 

It's funny how the cloud of ODS lifts from my vision when he actually follows through on policies I support. If he keeps it up, my ODS may disappear forever.

However, Greenwald's prediction is likely to come true:

If they had even an iota of integrity or intellectual honesty, they would instantly and aggressively condemn Obama. After all, he’s now claiming to want to end a program that they have been arguing for months is vital in Keeping Us Safe™. Wouldn’t every rational person, by definition, criticize a political leader who wants to abolish a program that they believe is necessary to stop terrorism and preserve national security?

But that’s not what will happen. After spending months praising the NSA for responsibly overseeing this critical program, they will now hail Obama for trying to end it. When he secretly bulk collects the calling data on all Americans, it shows he’s a pragmatic and strong leader who Keeps Us Safe™; when he tries to end the very same program, it shows he’s flexible and devoted to our civil liberties — just as he was right to release the torture photos and also right to suppress them. The Leader is right when he does X, and he’s equally right when he does Not X. That’s the defining attribute of the mindset of a partisan hack, an authoritarian, and the standard MSNBC host.


We've seen this exact behavior recently with respect to the conflict in Syria: those of us calling for a diplomatic response were jeered as "Assad lovers" who cared nothing for the suffering of children, right up until the White House abandoned its banging of the war drums and decided to take the diplomatic approach. Then diplomacy magically became the solution - in fact, it had been the solution all along, despite the intense advocacy for armed intervention.

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