Graydon Carter, Editor of Vanity Fair magazine, has a dilemma.
The dilemma is how to publish a feature story about Edward Snowden, who exposed Barack Obama’s Orwellian spying on American citizens, foreigners in various countries, and foreign heads of state, without mentioning Barack Obama, even one time.
A dilemma made even more challenging by the fact that this is 2014 — fully 5.5 years into Barack Obama’s presidency and 1.5 years into his second term — and the notion that NSA spying is somehow unrelated to Barack Obama is absurd.
And so what is a proud Liberal like Graydon Carter to do under these circumstances?
Obfuscate the truth, of course, and trot out some slurs against the previous administration. Which is to say: write 1,000 words about the Snowden piece without mentioning the name Barack Obama, or President Obama, or anything Obama, even once.
Total silence on a man whose behavior in office is worse than Richard Nixon’s and George Bush’s combined — Obama’s misuse of the NSA spying apparatus, his use of the IRS against political opponents, his CIA kill lists. Is Graydon Carter the Eva Braun of our time?
Let’s sample some of this willfully negligent, embarrassingly bad writing by Mr. Carter, in his May Editor’s Note [link].
After an introductory paragraph describing the screenplay-worthy arc of Snowden’s career and life, Carter turns serious. Is it surprising that he calls out George Bush and Tony Blair, as if they were both still in office? Not at all, because what else can you do when you’re trying to shield the Manchurian from all accountability:
That is just the life-as-satire part. The frightening part is everything else: what the Snowden documents actually reveal. Most people suspected that the U.S. government was snooping about with considerable abandon. But no one knew that the N.S.A.—with the War on Terror as its evergreen pretext—was attempting to collect details of every phone call made in America (and millions more made in other countries). Or that it was tapping into the fiber-optic cables running between the overseas data centers of big Internet companies such as Google and Yahoo. Or that phone and Internet companies were themselves serving as the N.S.A.’s instruments. As was the case when George W. Bush and Tony Blair were running things, British authorities, this time through their N.S.A. counterpart, the Government Communications Headquarters, proved to be willing collaborators. (Among Snowden’s revelations: in a case of the British being British, the GCHQ collected, in bulk, millions of often sexually explicit images taken from Yahoo Webcam chats and saved them in the agency’s databases.)
Also note the reference to the “War on Terror”, a Bush-era moniker. Hey, Graydon, it is 2014 and Obama’s been running things since 2009. And no, I’m not saying mr. Obama is waging a War on Terror: I am saying he is waging a war on the average American, through his constant invasion of privacy through the NSA and through his government takeover of healthcare, to name just two ways.
But Carter needs to fill a whole page for his readers each month, and so he needs more on Snowden but without mentioning Obama’s role in the totalitarian excesses of the NSA in recent years.
What to do?
The powers invested in the U.S. government in the wake of 9/11 are vast and insidious—very much the “dark side” that Vice President Dick Cheney promised us. The safeguards against that power are riddled with loopholes.
WOOP! there it is: a Dick Cheney reference.
Hey, Graydon, how about those “loopholes” you mention….can you think of anyone who might have been running right through them with reckless abandon while serving as president of the United States?
Maybe you just can’t see him while you’re faithfully tossing the man’s salad, and so we will tell you: Barack Hussein Obama, for five and a half years, has been making solid use of those loopholes.
But you know this and when we say you are too distracted by your love for him we are being too kind.
Okay, so we’ve got mentions of Bush, Cheney, and Blair, but still more paragraphs to go….
So Carter mentions Bush and Cheney AGAIN!
The Snowden story in a way brings the long, sorry saga up to the present. The morality of the sort of spycraft the N.S.A. has been engaged in is a thorny issue. The intelligence community—unleashed by Bush and Cheney after 9/11, with the mandate never to let it happen again—points out, not without some justification, that it has to be everywhere the terrorists are. Still, it’s a little difficult to see which terrorists were hiding in Angela Merkel’s cell phone.
And so what can we conclude from this Liberal self-immolation?
We can conclude that Liberals will do anything to avoid letting go of their 2008 fantasies of who Barack Obama is. That Obama has proven to be far more dangerous to the average American’s civil liberties than George Bush ever was is not a fact that can be allowed to pierce the Liberal consciousness, and they will throw away all credibility in the service of keeping it out.
It reminds me of Eva Braun and her love for Adolf Hitler. Am I saying Barack Obama is as bad as Hitler? No I am not. But Obama’s abuses of power are deadly serious and a threat to us all, regardless of political affiliation or ideology. The NSA and the IRS are Executive Branch institutions of extreme central control and are being misused (for many years now) by a president who thinks nothing of the constitution or our rights as American citizens.
And yet this truth has not made a dent in Graydon Carter’s adoration of the man. Carter is all too willing to humiliate himself by writing about Snowden without even a sideways glance at his love object, Barack Obama. This willingness to turn a blind eye as freedom dies evokes Eva Braun’s undying love for Hitler even after his murderous crimes had become shockingly apparent.
As the Third Reich collapsed towards the end of the war, Braun swore loyalty to Hitler and went to Berlin to be by his side in the heavily reinforced Führerbunker beneath the Reich Chancellery. As Red Army troops fought their way into the neighbourhood on 29 April 1945, she married Hitler during a brief civil ceremony <source>
How far will Graydon Carter go to protect Barack Obama?
All the way, it would seem.