Here's Ray McGovern writing about his upcoming voyage to Gaza:
I also have been cautioned by a source with access to very senior staffers at the National Security Council that not only does the White House plan to do absolutely nothing to protect our boat from Israeli attack or illegal boarding, but that White House officials "would be happy if something happened to us." They are, I am reliably told, "perfectly willing to have the cold corpses of activists shown on American TV."
See, it's not enough that if you're an actual liberal in this country, Obama and his coterie deride and dismiss you as one of the sanctimonious, purist fucking retards of the professional left. No, if you take it a step further—if your sense of responsibility compels you to put your life in jeopardy to oppose what this country is doing around the world—they're just as happy to see you dead. When I was in the West Bank and Gaza in 2002, I knew that if I was killed my government's only response would be to do everything it could to shield the killers from being investigated, much less held responsible. It certainly made it crystal clear who my real enemies are.
I have no doubt the sentiment McGovern describes proceeds from "very senior staffers at the National Security Council" right up to Mr. Hopenchange himself. When it comes to killing, Obama goes at it with dispassionate enthusiasm and business-like efficiency; it's as though we did finally end up with Michael Corleone in the White House. If I regret anything when it comes to this creature, it's that I ever entertained the notion, even briefly, that he retained enough of a conscience that the killing he'd be doing once he became president might actually trouble him somewhat.
OR NOT SO CRYSTAL CLEAR: I wrote last year about how misguided it is to name a ship to Gaza "The Audacity of Hope"—as though German dissidents in 1940 had called their Poland-bound protest bus the "Mein Kampf"—and everything I said then still applies. I love the folks on this boat, and I'd love just as much to believe that using this name was intended both as a crafty publicity move and an attempt to shame Obama with the words he so hollowly deployed for his own profit and self-aggrandizement, but there's no evidence that that's the case. Here's McGovern again (in an interview published two days after the article of his I quoted above):
"The name of the boat - Audacity of Hope - is inspired. No one can survive without hope. It was a way of saying to President Obama: 'You inspired us three years ago, and in this spirit we are trying to personify hopes that have been largely dashed.'"
I support the sentiment entirely: McGovern and all the other people on this boat are personifying hope, and risking everything to do it, and they've earned a huge measure of respect for that. But when good people like them act as though there's even a remote possibility that the calculating shitbag in the White House cares about what they're saying, it just shows that they're still clinging to the illusions he so artfully deployed to co-opt them in the first place—and worse, it reinforces those illusions for other people.