Sunday, May 17, 2009

Knowing 'What's Good for the Country'

By Robert Parry
May 17, 2009

When President Barack Obama reversed himself on releasing photos of U.S. soldiers abusing detainees in Afghanistan and Iraq, he offered the usual “patriotic” excuse, that the images might fuel anti-Americanism and cost the lives of U.S. soldiers.

Read on.


sanda said...

The words may be "for the good of the country" but it's about "what's good for those in power/ government interests". Howard Zinn often reminds us that the government and the people do not have "the same interests". He adds, If you don't know history, it's like you were born yesterday and the government can tell you anything. Thanks R. Parry for the history. Alas, Obama = no change.

Florence Chan said...

The dye-in-the-wool right-wingers say,

"Those 4,200 military deaths in Iraq were in fact good for the country because there wasn't a terrorist attack in the past 7.5 years because of them."

The "liberal" press and its readers/viewers say,

"Not impeaching Bush and Cheney was also very good for the country because the country would not survive an investigation, Congressional hearings, and so on."

"Good for the country" is indeed a very convenient catch-phrase as nobody can argue against it, just like nobody can argue against "harmony," "bipartisanship," and "looking forward."