Glenn Greenwald delivers a richly-deserved groin kick to the New York Times for their soul-searing hypocrisy in criticizing Bush's public response to the attempted coup in Venezuela in 2002:
It's nice that the Times -- with a disgraced George Bush on his way out the door -- has come to view the Venezuelan military coup as the destructive, anti-democratic event which, by definition, it was. And it's also nice that the Times is now willing to assign blame for anti-U.S. sentiments in Latin America at least partially to the actions of the U.S. Government itself. But it's important that the Times not be allowed to delete its own involvement in those events. ...
There are vital lessons from the last eight years that get obscured when influential outlets such as the Times Editorial Page try to erase their own responsibility for events and heap all blame on "the Bush administration" -- which was able to do what it did only because it enjoyed the acquiescence, complicity and often blind support from so many of our leading political and media institutions.
The entire article is worth reading, and it'd hardly be out of place in Z Magazine. The only flaw is the usual one: Greenwald still feels compelled to assert Democratic exceptionalism, even if only in passing, as in the care he takes to temporally circumscribe the "vital lessons from the last eight years"—as though there were no reasons to condemn US policy in Latin America prior to January 20th, 2001.
When I was learning the extent of US crimes in the world I went through a transitional phase where I still clung to a comforting (and long-held) belief that the Democrats were the good guys, even if they occasionally made mistakes or went astray. But it was only a few weeks before it had withered away completely in the face of cold, hard facts. Clearly Greenwald has been holding on to those sorts of beliefs for far longer than I did, but I'm still hopeful that he'll turn the corner someday—especially as the inevitable (and already budding) hypocrisies and betrayals of the upcoming Obama administration face him with a choice between doing so, or abandoning the principled stances he's committed himself to over the past eight years. We'll see.