Glenn Greenwald On A Roll

The Weekly Standard mentality and the Senate Intelligence Committee

Every now and then, a right-wing pundit says something that illustrates the underlying mentality of their movement so vividly that it is worth pausing and briefly examining. In responding to one of my posts on telecom amnesty, The Weekly Standard’s Michael Goldfarb explains the obligations of patriotic corporate citizens in America:

[I]f federal agents show up at a corporate headquarters for a major American company and urgently seek that company’s officers for assistance in the war on terror, the companies damn well ought to give it as a matter of simple patriotism, whether the CIA wants a plane for some extraordinary rendition or help in tracking terrorists via email. . . . [T]o expect a company to resist a plea from the government for help in a time of war is ridiculous.

So when “federal agents” come knocking at your door and issue orders, you better “damn well” obey — you had better not “resist” — otherwise we’ll lose our freedoms. As always, the heart of “patriotism,” in the Weekly Standard worldview, is blind faith in our Leaders.