Wednesday, July 1, 2009

That’ll Teach Us

That Glenn Beck is batshit crazy is beyond dispute. So it only makes sense that he has guests on his show that go down that road, too. Last night he had former CIA analyst Michael Scheuer on, and he calmly stated that for the only way for Americans to truly understand what’s at stake in the world was for someone to blow the shit out of us.

The only chance we have as a country right now is for Osama bin Laden to deploy and detonate a major weapon in the United States. Because it’s going to take a grassroots, bottom-up pressure, because these politicians prize their office, prize the praise of the media and the Europeans.

Only — it’s an absurd situation. Again, only Osama can execute an attack which will force Americans to demand that their government protect them effectively, consistently, and with as much violence as necessary.

Remember back in the days of the Bush administration when the Republicans would accuse any Democrat who didn’t vote for every piece of legislation put forth that supported the GWOT of wanting Osama bin Laden to win? Those were the days, eh?

I like Adam Serwer’s take on this new style of patriotism:

But understand, this is not unpatriotic. You can wish all manner of horrors on this country, but as long as these horrors might serve a specific political agenda, you’re not being unpatriotic. Unpatriotic is a public health-care plan. Unpatriotic is a judge modifying sub-prime mortgage loans to keep a roof over someone’s head. Unpatriotic is phosphate-free detergent. Patriotic is wishing for a terrorist attack on the United States.

Patriotism is dead, long live patriotism.

HT to Steve.