Glenn Greenwald Attacks Writers for Supporting Iraq War When he did too

In an otherwise entertaining attack on Thomas Friedman’s latest piece of drivel about Syria, moral crusader Glenn Greenwald goes after the NYTs columnist for covering up the fact that he supported the war in Iraq – a war he supported too and barely ever talks about:

The reality is that almost everything Tom Friedman says on Iraq is designed to make people forget his actual, candidly expressed views about why he thought the war was just — probably the most viscerally repellent comments anyone with a large mainstream platform has spouted in the last decade.

I don’t mind Greenwald pointing this out, but when was the last time you heard Greenwald talk about his faith in the Bush Administration’s wisdom after 9/11? Yep, that’s right. Virtually never.

I’m astonished at Greenwald’s complete lack of self awareness on issues like this. His entire blog is devoted to attacking the Left for crimes he himself is guilty of supporting without the faintest whiff of acknowledgement. It’s a perfect example of cognitive dissonance, and one that has allowed Greenwald to lecture everyone else without feeling the slightest bit ridiculous.

UPDATE: Check here to see Greenwald’s furious and completely disingenuous denial that he supported the Iraq war.

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  • Barry Schwartz

    This criticism is completly off base: unlike Tom Friedman, Glenn Greenwald never, ever, has candidly expressed his views.

  • Nickel

    Your kidding right? You provided no links/evidence supporting any claim you made. You’re obviously not familiar with Glenn’s writings/books. Supported the Iraq war? What planet are you on?

    • Benthedailybanter

      It’s in his book Nickel (although Greenwald has since tried to claim that he wasn’t saying what he was saying: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/01/30/1182442/-Glenn-Greenwald-Responds-to-Widespread-Lies-About-Him-on-Cato-Iraq-War-and-more). The link is provided.

      • Edo

        Perhaps he was right. And perhaps he attacks the standpoint to support the Iraq war, and it really doesn’t matter that he had a different viewpoint in the past.

    • Barry Schwartz

      At best for Glenn, he fails to acknowledge his responsibility as a citizen of the United States who speaks with his vote and his rights of speech and assembly. He credits Friedman with candor, while himself engaging in what we used to call ‘plausible deniability’. He is in no position to judge others and his doing so should not be tolerated by the audience.

  • http://www.facebook.com/matt.ball.710 Matt Ball

    The worst thing is when GG attacks people who *opposed* the Iraq war about their “support” for the war!

  • http://profiles.google.com/statueofmike Michael S

    Cognitive dissonance is when you feel bad about your contradictory beliefs. Greenwald is just being inconsistent and unreliable.