Greenwald gets all Machiavellian about not being Machiavellian

By Sam Foster

The natural state of existence for Glenn Greenwald is usually somewhere in the universe of self-contradiction. By the way, I hear they have purple skies and unicorns. Thus, I’m not surprised at this:

The notion that one crime doesn't excuse another has absolutely nothing to do with anything I wrote; it's a complete nonsequitur, merely the standard claim of those who want to propound moral standards for others that they not only refuse to apply to themselves, but violate with far greater frequency and severity than those they're condemning.


In other words, the evils of American foreign policy are so great that they outweigh and even absolve the evils or potential evils of Julian Assange. Here is the funny part…

Generally those who Greenwald would proclaim as despicable, like people who would condone a moral faux pas like say…torture, make the same argument. Thus I give you Charles Krauthammer on torture:

The second exception to the no-torture rule is the extraction of information from a high-value enemy in possession of high-value information likely to save lives. This case lacks the black-and-white clarity of the ticking time bomb scenario. We know less about the length of the fuse or the nature of the next attack. But we do know the danger is great. (One of the "torture memos" noted that the CIA had warned that terrorist "chatter" had reached pre-9/11 levels.) We know we must act but have no idea where or how -- and we can't know that until we have information. Catch-22.


The best part is Greenwald entitles his article “The moral standards of WikiLeaks critics,” like Greenwald jumping on the Machiavellian foreign policy bandwagon is somehow not Machiavellian.

Yet, this is the corollary for most of the progressive movement; we’re never immoral except for when we engage in all that immorality to make a more moral world.

Yes Glenn, I understand this is supposed to be about the contradictions of others, but you would look far less foolish if you didn’t count yourself among the passengers cruising on the very same ship you are trying to sink. You can’t occupy the moral high-road and the moral low-road at the same time.

Via Memeorandum

1 comment:

  1. It's human nature to want our cake and eat it too... But it's a rational thought process that knows it isn't always possible or beneficial.

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