I've talked to a number of people in the last 10 days who describe themselves as "hoping for the best" from the US intervention into the North African country of Libya. They choose to believe the US arguments that the intervention is 1) for humanitarian reasons limited to "saving civilian lives"; 2) is legitimate because it has the backing of the UN and NATO.
But the facts don't support those hopes.
Jill McLaughlin, a World Can't Wait leader, writes in Don’t be Confused: U.S. “Intervention” in Libya is Immoral and Illegitimate Too:
The hypocrisy and the illegitimacy of the U.S. intervention in Libya runs thick as the blood that has been spilled by the people of Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen. Prior to the attack on Libya the U.S. began using the weapon of fear in trying to justify and build support for its use of force.
No, it's not. The reality is that most of the people with blogs and microphones claiming it is know better. They know that it's a lie. But it's their 'side,' their 'team' and they're going to lie as a result.
Juan Cole and all the rest. They don't care. They've never cared. It's always been about how to help the Democratic Party.
That's why we need to stop glorifying these idiotic men who almost manage to string together a sentence. We need to stop allowing them to be praised and start holding them accountable.
Today, Juan Cole is in a position to do a lot of damage. A lot. But that wasn't the case four or five years ago. It took a lot of spinning and a lot of (false) praising to turn him into a 'trusted source.'
Now look what he's doing: He's using the position he was elevated into to justify the Libyan War.
That's why it's important that we call out those who refuse to demonstrate some working subset of ethics.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):