Sunday, July 02, 2006

The Wingnuttia has Gone...Nuts

Just read this post by Glenn Greenwald and the attached comments thread. Greenwald links to this pearl of utter beauty by one David Horowitz:

Make no mistake about it, there is a war going on in this country. The aggressors in this war are Democrats, liberals and leftists who began a scorched earth campaign against President Bush before the initiation of hostilities in Iraq. The initiators of this war were Al Gore and Jimmy Carter who attacked the president's attempt to rally the world against Saddam's defiance of international law in September 2002 just after his appeal to the UN General Assembly. Coming from national leaders of the opposition party these were attacks unprecedented in the history of post-Civil War American politics. Carter's perfidious decision to accept a Nobel Peace Prize designed to attack his own president followed shortly after.

The topic of Greenwald's post is a story in the New York Times Travel section about the vacation homes of Rumsfeld and Cheney. The wingnuts argue that this means the Times tries to get Rumsfeld and Cheney killed. How else to reconcile the dating of this story? It's payback for the government's anger towards the Times for writing about the secret administration program that oversees financial transactions.

That information on these same residences has been readily available in other sources appears to make no difference, because the terrorists only study the NYT Travel section for information. That the story was probably written a long time ago and has nothing to do with any current political quarrels doesn't matter, either.

But this is not why I titled this post as I did. Read Greenwald to find out. And no, these are not some crackpot far-righters. This is today's Republican mainstream. Which makes me very worried about the future of the country.