Amnesiac Fake Leftism and Greenwald

I appreciate your sarcasm. The change in our country over the last 30 years makes me so sad. I teach government, and I tell the truth to my students. I keep it subversive.

The pathetic comment above comes in response to a Greenwald column that sarcastically and scathingly denounces the injustices of racism, sexism, capitalism - sorry, of Barack Obama. Thirty years ago brings us back to 1982 and for sure there is cause for sadness at how far we’ve fallen. At the end of December 1981, US trained and advised elite soldiers in El Salvador carried out the following mission in the village of El Mozote:

Early the next morning, the soldiers reassembled the entire village in the square. They separated the men from the women and children and locked them in separate groups in the church, the convent, and various houses.

During the morning, they proceeded to interrogate, torture, and execute the men in several locations.Around noon, they began taking the women and older girls in groups, separating them from their children and machine gunning them after raping them. Girls as young as 10 were raped, with soldiers reportedly heard bragging how they especially liked the twelve year old girls. Finally, they killed the children at first by slitting their throats then by hanging them from trees, with one child as young as two years old. After killing the entire population, the soldiers set fire to the buildings.[wikipedia]

The pre-drone era, when America really stood for something and we didn’t have that black guy, um neoliberal in the White House. Keep it subversive, dude. I bet you still have a Che hat too. Ah, the good old days.

Without amnesia, Glenn’s whole indignant act falls apart and his admiring devoted readers would have to confront the ugly sight of a “leftism” of middle aged and older white male professionals who cling to Greenwald’s hypocritical libertarianism with a pitiful desperation. They seek moral absolution in Greenwald’s fictitious world where drone attacks are an escalation of state violence attributable only to Barack Obama’s status as a coward, affirmative action empty suit, and neoliberal stalking horse. Since, in reality, US foreign policy has been a meat grinder for generations, all this prattle about “rule of law” and  international law is nothing more than an excuse. The question of what is being excused is also easy to answer.

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