Glenn Greenwald, now at Salon (brief ad viewing required), has a stomach strong enough to listen to the vice president, and the knowledge to know where he’s been described before.
Cheney, March 12, 2007: “An enemy with fantasies of martyrdom is not going to sit down at a table for negotiations. Nor can we fight to a standoff — (applause). Nor can we fight to a standoff, hoping that some form of containment or deterrence will protect our people. The only option for our security and survival is to go on the offensive, facing the threat directly, patiently and systematically, until the enemy is destroyed.”
Richard Hofstadter, November 1964: “The paranoid spokesman…does not see social conflict as something to be mediated and compromised, in the manner of the working politician. Since what is at stake is always a conflict between absolute good and absolute evil, what is necessary is not compromise but the will to fight things out to a finish. Since the enemy is thought of as being totally evil and totally unappeasable, he must be totally eliminated — if not from the world, at least from the theatre of operations to which the paranoid directs his attention. This demand for total triumph leads to the formulation of hopelessly unrealistic goals, and since these goals are not even remotely attainable, failure constantly heightens the paranoid’s sense of frustration. Even partial success leaves him with the same feeling of powerlessness with which he began, and this in turn only strengthens his awareness of the vast and terrifying quality of the enemy he opposes.”
Read the whole thing. Greenwald has also documented that “one of the hallmarks of the Bush presidency — arguably the central one — is that we have adopted the mentality and mimicked the behavior of ‘our enemies,’ including those whom we have long considered, rightfully so, to be savage and uncivilized.” These fruitcakes depend on each other.