To initiate a war of aggression, therefore, is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.
-Robert Jackson, Supreme Court Justice, chief prosecutor at Nuremburg
He believes that there are circumstances that justify war.
That is the understatement of the new American century, right there
The aide said that guys like me were "in what we call the reality-based community," which he defined as people who "believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality." ... "That's not the way the world really works anymore," he continued. "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do."
Well, compare Rumsfeld to the clip of Scott Walker TDS played earlier that episode. Walker's clearly full of shit; he sounds like the bully that he is. Or Bush, who rarely looks sincere. Even Obama has an aspect to his oratory style that feels really calculated.
Rumsfeld came across as more relaxed and heartfelt, which surprised me. Doesn't make him any more in the right; either he's being deceitful, or he's been grievously misinformed. But I expected him to sound more like a politician.
After the Jim Cramer interview set the standard, the decision not to use clips was, at the very least, strange.
But, see, that's the issue. I was expecting Rumsfeld to do a lot of bullshitting and a lot of lying. But he wasn't. He was arguing his case, defending his point of view, and actually seeming to believe it.
I mean, I thought that was the liberal project: context, understanding, empathy, nuance. Shitty my-team-is-good-your-team-is-evil stuff is closeminded and accomplishes nothing.
Obamania is just a way for the American people to forgive themselves. Nothing new about that. Sad.
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