Posted by: quiscus | July 17, 2010

July 17, 2010

1.  “The Rot from Within: Character Disorders of the Republic

Character disorders are destructively aggressive.  The most interesting to me is a type called “covert aggression” where underhanded, deceitful tactics are used to serve highly narcissistic and flatly evil objectives.   Covert aggressors use “innocent” cover to give plausible deniability to base motives of power, greed, and even sadism.   The foreign policy of our nation is exactly so described – aggressive wars cloaked in “humanitarian” garb.

If you look at the tactics for covert manipulation, they describe the tactics of our national leaders in both parties perfectly:

Lying, denial, selective attention/inattention, rationalization, minimization, diversion, evasion, guilt-tripping, shaming, playing the victim, vilifying the victim, playing the servant role, seduction, project the blame, feigning innocence, playing dumb, brandishing anger…

There are almost no national politicians that base their positions on an over-arching set of principles maintained consistently across the issues.  An example would be Ron Paul.  I can’t think of any others.  In general they are lying, hypocritical, deceitful cowards cloaking their manipulative actions in sheep’s clothing. ”
http://original.antiwar.com/robert-logan/2010/07/16/the-rot-from-within-character-disorders-of-the-republic/

2.  “The NYT’s nationalistic double standard

Many of the same tactics used by the U.S. are magically transformed into unambiguous “torture” when used by China, notwithstanding the categorical denials by the Chinese Government that the tactics they use never rise to the level of “torture”.  Torture, by definition, is something U.S. officials do not authorize; it’s only what those Evil Other Governments do.  That’s the propagandistic message delivered over and over to Americans not only by the government officials who did it, but by The New York Times as well.  Meanwhile, Bill Keller — the editor responsible for these nationalistic editorial double standards, as well as for the strained, government-pleasing euphemisms he forces on his reporters (“rough tactics”) — accuses anyone who objects (rather than himself) of “tendentious political correctness.” Isn’t it classic propaganda to use one set of words for what Other Countries do, but completely different words for what your own country does?”

http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/07/16/nyt/index.html

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