Foreign Policy / Socioculture

Slate’s Glenn Greenwald is masterfully thorough at chronicling the opportunistic cynicism that’s driven American foreign policy over the last ten or twelve years. But he’s also good at pointing out our own complicity, and apathy, towards what’s being done in our names without being a scold. He’s just anxious for us to get it.

“…civil liberties assaults and expansions of executive power are not what the U.S. Government does in response to some actual problem; it’s what the public-private consortium composing the U.S. Government is. Terrorist villains are the pretext for, not the cause of, those policies, and they will continue irrespective of the scope or magnitude of Terrorism.

“I long believed that the most patently irrational American policy — the one that would cause future generations to look back in baffled disgust — was the Drug War: imprisoning huge numbers of citizens for years and years for nothing more than possessing or selling banned substances to consenting adults. But now I think it’s this: that the U.S. Government is able to persuade the populace to continue to support and pay for blood-spilling and liberty-destroying policies in the name of Terrorism when nothing sustains and exacerbates the threat of Terrorism more than those very policies.”

http://www.salon.com/news/terrorism/index.html?story=%2Fopinion%2Fgreenwald%2F2011%2F07%2F09%2Fterrorism

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