The Media

Dr. Roberts on the delusional right

Like many of his fellow old-school conservative Republicans (the non-neocon type), Dr. Paul Craig Roberts has been highly critical of the Bush administration and everything that oozes out of it. In Dr. Roberts' latest column, he lets the "delusional" (his word) right-wing media have it. To wit:

This is the mindset of delusion, and delusion permits no facts or analysis. Blind emotion rules. Americans are right and everyone else is wrong. End of the debate.

That, gentle reader, is the full extent of talk radio, Fox News, the Wall Street Journal Editorial page, National Review, the Weekly Standard, and, indeed, of the entire concentrated corporate media where noncontroversy in the interest of advertising revenue rules.

Delusion is still the defining characteristic of the Bush administration. We have smashed Fallujah, a city of 300,000, only to discover that the 10,000 US Marines are bogged down in the ruins of the city. If the Marines leave, the "defeated" insurgents will return. Meanwhile the insurgents have moved on to destabilize Mosul, a city five times as large. Thus, the call for more US troops.

This is a must read. It's comforting to know that not everyone on the right has drank the Kool-Aid and rationality still exists amongst some conservative thinkers.