Glenn Greenwald: ‘US Takes a Break From Condemning Tyranny to Celebrate Obama’s Visit to Saudi Arabia’

by nboydgibbins

Glenn Greenwald: ‘US Takes a Break From Condemning Tyranny to Celebrate Obama’s Visit to Saudi Arabia’

It would be easy to fill any number of books with examples of political lies and hypocrisy. The only surprising thing at this point would be if David Cameron or Barack Obama’s governments would consider a political position too unethical, too implausible or too contradictory to run with. We can only hope that such political abandon is a sign of the pride that comes before the fall. Unsettlingly, it is the far right, in Europe at least, that is benefiting from the more and more outrageous actions of Western governments. It is a shame that as our digital records and communication networks allow examples of the corruption of our leaders to be shared and immortalised, we as a people still seem to group most readily to the type of reactionary positions one would wish were a thing of the distant past; nationalist positions blaming our problems on an ‘enemy’ from outside. Is it not obvious that that angle is just a convenient scapegoat for our own collective failings? Have we not matured to the point of understanding that we are all humans and that the thing borders block the immigration of the most effectively is positive progress and an understanding that the only problems we should be focusing on are all shared? Further, it would be nice if it could be seen that these nationalist movements (that reliably gain momentum in times of destitution and economic hardship) are merely just an opportune angle for another person to claim with confidence that they can explain why our problems are to blame on their competitors. It is a shame that the surprising day will be when we wake up to just how dangerous this pendular political game is when we need real progress and unity as quickly as possible.


At least there is the consolation of some of the great thinkers of the world, particularly those who are also unafraid to stand as a minority for what they believe is right. Glenn Greenwald is as good as they come right now and his publication, The Intercept, seems to be peerless in framing the actions of governing states in a fair and representative way. The outrage that you can feel from his writing as he expresses his shock at what we are letting our leaders get away with is to me extremely reassuring.

( – Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept.