Glenn Greenwald of the Guardian has been on a roll lately. After recently schooling Bill Maher on the root causes of radicalism, he unleashed another blast of hurtful truth in his column “Washington gets explicit: its ‘war on terror’ is permanent”. In it he discusses the Obama administration’s expansion of the perpetual state of war started under Bush:
“It is hard to resist the conclusion that this war has no purpose other than its own eternal perpetuation. This war is not a means to any end but rather is the end in itself. Not only is it the end itself, but it is also its own fuel: it is precisely this endless war – justified in the name of stopping the threat of terrorism – that is the single greatest cause of that threat.”
He also writes of the huge sacrifices made by the American people in the name of endless war. This is a new normal in which our Constitutional rights are indefinitely put on hold:
“And then there’s the most intangible yet most significant cost: each year of endless war that passes further normalizes the endless rights erosions justified in its name. The second term of the Bush administration and first five years of the Obama presidency have been devoted to codifying and institutionalizing the vast and unchecked powers that are typically vested in leaders in the name of war. Those powers of secrecy, indefinite detention, mass surveillance, and due-process-free assassination are not going anywhere. They are now permanent fixtures not only in the US political system but, worse, in American political culture.”
No other current American columnist writes so lucidly and truthfully on US foreign policy and the resentment it causes. Too bad no major American newspaper has the guts to print these harsh realities. Instead, we get the neocon war-cheerleaders that led us into invading Iraq spewing the same nonsense on the editorial pages of the New York Times and Washington Post.