Modest Silver Lining Dept: In a sign of the desperate disappointment
that Obama's decision on Afghanistan sparked in so many progressives,
Glenn Greenwald struggles mightily to come up with the good news: at
least Obama was straightforward
about U.S. motives there. We are not trying to liberate, uplift or
otherwise do good; we are there to serve our own interests, as defined
by the generals. Now we know where we stand: No moralizing,
chest-beating, nation-building here, just watching out for our own. For
many, it's cold comfort, and just plain not enough.
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"Obama's approach... slays the pervasive, preening 'liberal
hawk' fantasy that we invade and bomb other countries in order to help