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Thu Jul 11, 2013, 08:54 AM

 

Ellsberg never said Obama was a worse President than Nixon was

What's a good way to pretend that Dan Ellsberg is an exaggerating kook?

Easy. Just pretend that he said Obama is a worse President than Nixon was, period, without noting that Ellsberg's comparision focus on specific aspects of the Presidency: transparency and press freedom.

Not health care, not jobs. That's not Ellsberg's focus. Obamacare is an important achievement by Obama and the job situation has improved compared to what it was under Bush.

Irrelevant points are used by Ellsberg haters to "debunk" things he never said, such as:

If Obama was worse than Nixon, how come he won re-election against Romney?

To stick to what Ellsberg said would force Ellsberg haters to discuss a topic they avoid like a hot potato: NSA Spying on all Americans.

In short, let's stop spinning so much and get to the point.


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Reply Ellsberg never said Obama was a worse President than Nixon was (Original post)
Blue Bike Jul 2013 OP
PATRICK Jul 2013 #1
Savannahmann Jul 2013 #2
Bonobo Jul 2013 #3
ProSense Jul 2013 #4
eomer Jul 2013 #8
ProSense Jul 2013 #11
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marmar Jul 2013 #5
ProSense Jul 2013 #6
Mojorabbit Jul 2013 #31
bobduca Jul 2013 #14
woo me with science Jul 2013 #29
Marr Jul 2013 #30
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Iliyah Jul 2013 #9
geek tragedy Jul 2013 #10
HardTimes99 Jul 2013 #12
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Response to Blue Bike (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2013, 09:08 AM

1. Nixon was paranoid

and too often mistaken completely, yet he had a big distrust of the Intel establishment. Hoover had him by the short hairs. They were too big and independent of his control anyway. In short, it was very personal.

I don't know if the healthier minds and better personal ethics, by comparison, of Clinton or Obama were too naive about this business, but maybe we needed for personal fear and paranoia since it now seems to be completely justified- except we are all pretty laid back by comparison to Nixon. Do we even know who we are trusting? Those people in DC who think they are not in all those files or exempt somehow from abuses?

And forget about the president since we haven't had one who could cope with this creature or be radical enough to go the other way, even eliminate big chunks of it. Just ask yourself about the unseen access and judgments that are and will take place by someone who gets the responsibility. What would Hoover do? What would anyone regardless of whether it is one of the very many officials in DC any sane human being never would have given that power in the first place. Officials we have had, abound now, and will get worse of, in whatever meaningless future this plan slouches toward.

The problem remains. A GIANT political change on behalf of the people and the commons. The crust we have now, almost everywhere, is coming to represent the very worst of human anti-potential. Only a living future is not expendable.

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Response to Blue Bike (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2013, 09:15 AM

2. So far as I can tell, you're absolutely right.

The link. http://www.democracynow.org/2013/5/17/obama_worse_than_nixon_pentagon_papers

James Goodale the lawyer who represented the NY Times in the Pentagon Papers debacle during the Nixon administration said it in an interview on Democracy Now! I can't find a quote attributed to Ellsburg. But what Goodale said was this.

AMY GOODMAN: You say that President Obama is worse than President Nixon.

JAMES GOODALE: Well, more precisely, I say that if in fact he goes ahead and prosecutes Julian Assange, he will pass Nixon. Hes close to Nixon now. The AP example is a good example of something that Obama has done but Nixon never did. So I have him presently in second place, behind Nixon and ahead of Bush II. And hes moving up fast. And if he goes ahead against Assange, hell at least be even, and well have to see how that prosecution, if it takes place, comes out, because maybe hell pass him.


But there is no icon that can survive when the apolgoists run about demanding absolute loyalty to the Naked Emperor. We used to be true Democrats. We used to stand for principle. We used to believe that the party was larger than the man. We used to believe that defending principle meant that when someone violated it, we noticed that they had violated that principle first, and that they were a Democrat second.

Imagine it if we were preparing for the 1968 conventions today. Imagine the discussions. "LBJ escalated the Viet-Nam war, we have to stop it. It was all cranked up over a lie."

There would be people arguing that defending the war was the only way to protect the Democrats. That is the position we are in today. We are watching our world crumble, and instead of demanding that we change our outlook, accept reality and stop immoral and illegal actions. We are literally arguing that any call to do so is part and parcel of huge RW plot to destroy Obama. The RW LOVES THIS CRAP. We're supposed to hate spying on our citizens. We're supposed to stand for Civil Rights. Instead we now discuss the same RW crap from a couple decades ago. We're recycling their arguments, and acting like this is perfectly normal.

If you wonder why we're losing support for this crap, it's because the people are waking up. The longer we sit on the fence, unable to decide what matters more, Constitutional Civil Rights, or Intelligence Industrial Complex, the more we will suffer. Both at the Ballot Box, and within the world.

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Response to Blue Bike (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2013, 09:19 AM

3. Great post and it needs to be read by everyone.

I hope you won't mind me kicking and recommending that everyone read this and keep it kicked for at least as long as that POS post was around.

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Response to Blue Bike (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2013, 09:21 AM

4. Pentagon Papers lawyer on Obama, secrecy and press freedoms: 'worse than Nixon'

Pentagon Papers lawyer on Obama, secrecy and press freedoms: 'worse than Nixon'
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/mar/19/goodale-obama-press-freedoms-secrecy-nixon

"Ellsberg never said Obama was a worse President than Nixon was"

I guess Greewald sucks for writing that headline.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023221885

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Response to ProSense (Reply #4)

Thu Jul 11, 2013, 09:59 AM

8. That headline seems to be talking about James Goodale, not Daniel Ellsberg.

I don't think Ellsberg is a lawyer, is he? Looks like his studies were all in economics.

James Goodale is a lawyer and is whom the headline was talking about. From the Guardian article:

The paper's general counsel at the time, James Goodale, said that he counseled the paper to publish despite "the more likely scenario that everyone feared was the fact that they could have gone to jail," and he subsequently became an outspoken defender of press freedoms. He now has a new book entitled "Fighting for the Press" in which he argues, as the Columbia Journalism Review puts it, that "Obama is worse for press freedom than former President Richard Nixon was."


So it looks like Greenwald doesn't suck at writing headlines, rather it was your reading of them that was the problem.

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