Daily Archives: June 16, 2004

America the Unspeakably Ugly

Wall Street Journal Deputy Editorial Page Editor Daniel Henninger received the Eric Breindel Award for Excellence in Journalism at a reception in New York Tuesday night.

“Editor and Publisher” has announced

The $10,000 award and plaque is given in memory of New York Post editor and columnist Eric Breindel, who died unexpectedly at age 42 in 1998.

A closeted fascist heroin addict, Breindel’s death was easily predicted by those who kept tabs on his loathesomeness.

The prize is presented for writing which promotes “love of country and its democratic institutions, as well as the act of bearing witness to the evils of totalitarianism.”

A logical contradiction. For if one seeks to bear witness to the evils of totalitarianism the United States of America cannot be loved in any way.

Henninger was cited for his work, including “U.S. to World: Take This Job and Shove It” and “From Zero-Power to Super-Power in 500 Years,” both published in the Journal.

“Love” as the Wall Street Journal sees it is, as one might expect, indistinguishable from violence.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and News Corp. Deputy Chief Operating Officer Lachlan Murdoch were in attendance.

Past recipients include Michael Kelly, who received the award posthumously after being killed in Iraq; Jeff Jacoby of The Boston Globe; and Tom Flannery of the weekly Carbondale (Pa.) News

Kelly was killed in the early days of this country’s merciless and entirely uncalled-for attack on the soverign nation of Iraq. Murdoch, Jacoby and Flannery still walk the earth. But their lust for wholesale slaughter may well catch up with them in the near future.

As for the future of the Breindel award it looks like Tucker Carlson the bow-tied right-wing airhead of CNN “fame” who is now moving on to a slot at PBS
(where his father is a Major Wheel) is angling for the next one. And what better (ie. easier) way to do so than attack an ever-so-convenient target:

“I think Michael Moore is loathesome, though, not because he dislikes Bush, but because he seems to dislike America. In February, the New Yorker quoted him telling Brisih college students: ‘You’re stuck with being connected to this country of mine, which is known for bringing sadness and misery to places around the globe.’

I think that’s a disgusting and false thing to say. “

Is it really now?

There’s a long long list of perfectly reasonable, eminently rational people who would disagree.

Take Eric Alterman for instance

Quoting from his new bookWhen Presidents Lie we find:

U.S. leaders from Eisenhower and Dulles through Nixon, Ford and Kissinger ignored the regime’s brutality in deference to its anti-Communism. But the Carter administration complicated its position by denouncing the regime’s human rights record, ultimately leading Guatemala to reject U.S. aid as inexcusable interference in its internal affairs. By 1982, during the Reagan administration, the killing appeared to be reaching a kind of gruesome climax. Under the dictatorship of General Efrain Rios Montt, a born-again evangelical Christian, the army massacred as many as 15,000 Indians on the suspicion that they had cooperated with, or might offer aid to, anti-government guerrillas. Entire villages were leveled to aid the counterinsurgency and countless peasants were forcibly relocated to aid the counterinsurgency. At one point, as many as 40,000 survivors tried to find refuge in Mexico, Army helicopters strafed the camps. It was at this propitious moment that President Reagan took the opportunity to congratulate Rios Montt for his dedication to democracy, adding that he had been getting “a bum rap” from U.S. liberals in Congress and the media. Moreover, in the midst of this killing rampage, the U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala, Frederic Chapin announced, “The killings have stopped…. The Guatemalan government has come out of the darkness and into the light.” In fact, the number of civilians killed by death squads doubled to roughly 220 a month by late 1983. In a secret report to his superiors, Chapin decried the “horrible human rights realities in Guatemala,” and argued that a consistent policy demanded that either the U.S. “overlook the record and emphasize the strategic concept or we can pursue a higher moral path.” The Reagan administration ignored his advice. Though Congress would not authorize additional aid, U.S. funds still reached Rios Montt through Israel and Taiwan, in addition to the still-secret amounts available via the CIA. Following an election in 1985, the U.S. embassy publicly declared that the “final step in the re-establishment of democracy in Guatemala” had taken place,” and accordingly restored all of its aid moneys.

And that’s just the 80’s, Tucker.

Tucker?

Oh, go back to sleep.