The deep anger some Obama supporters display toward criticism of their leader is both familiar and disturbing---
Over the past couple of days, Andrew Sullivan has linked to and published protests from various individuals who are quite angry that people "on the left" are being so mean to President Obama, and several of them are so upset that they have decided they are "leaving the left," whatever that might mean. What's most striking about these valiant defenses of Obama is how utterly devoid they are of any substantive points and how, instead, suffuse with weird, even inappropriate, emotional attachments they are.One other note: those who complain about Obama critics often point out that he's not a dictator and can only do what Congress permits. That's true enough as far as it goes, but it does not go very far. For instance, I've never criticized Obama for failing to meet his one-year deadline for closing Guantanamo because Congress imposed serious impediments that the White House opposed but could not stop, so that's hardly Obama's fault. But virtually all of the policies for which I have criticized him are ones which, for better or worse, are within the discretion of the President to make, and nothing Congress has done has compelled Obama to embrace those policies. That's true, for instance, of his reliance on state secrets, indefinite detention, military commission, renditions, escalation in Afghanistan, Wall-St.-subservient actions, and a whole slew of other policies on which Obama critics typically focus.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Glenn Greenwald: "My friend the president" (with video)
Glenn Greenwald, with video (08:22):