Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Impugning Patriotism

There's a lot of debate on the MoveOn ad on General Petraeus's testimony. For the record I think calling him Betray Us is a bit of a lazy slam that isn't likely to win anybody over. Anyway Glenn Greenwald had some great remarks responding to this.
What all of this really reflects is the underlying and pervasive premise that those who advocate Americans wars are inherently patriotic and "pro-American," while it is always appropriate to impugn the patriotism and allegiances of those who oppose such wars (even when such war opponents are life-long civil servants or even military veterans).
He's not wrong.

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