America, Joe Biden says, is back. Beyond the sloganeering, journalist Glenn Greenwald reckons that means militarism, imperialism, and corporatism, he told RTs Chris Hedges.
Glenn Greenwald is a lawyer who turned to journalism in 2005 to protest the suppression of Americans civil liberties under the Bush- Cheney war on terror. Greenwald came to international fame by breaking the Edward Snowden NSA whistleblower story in 2013. He later co-founded the Intercept, but quit the outlet in October after saying editors there suppressed his coverage of Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden.
I dont think its particularly difficult... to know what to expect from the Biden administration, the acclaimed American journalist told Chris Hedges, host of RTs On Contact, on Sunday. Biden, Greenwald continued, has enjoyed a five-decade career in Washington and made his policy priorities well known over these years.
Biden is somebody who has repeatedly supported militarism and imperialism and one of the crucial leading advocates of the invasion of Iraq, he said. On the domestic front, Biden is a loyal servant of the credit card and banking industry and the architect of the 1994 crime bill, the latter of which has been blamed for dramatically upping the incarceration rate of black men in the US.
ALSO ON RT.COM False information? Instagram censors claim that Bidens 1994 Crime Bill led to mass incarceration of black Americans That leftists involved in Black Lives Matter protests rallied around Biden, given his involvement in passing the crime bill (he was one of 61 senators who voted for it) is ironic, Greenwald told Hedges, but also serves as an example of how the Democratic Party operates.
Democrats are very good at creating a brand that is radically different than the reality, but essentially the Democratic party serves militarism, imperialism, and corporatism, he said. Thats who funds them, thats what they believe in. Its why you see neocons migrating so comfortably back to the Democratic Party, why you see Bush and Cheney operatives cheering for Joe Biden, why Wall Street celebrated when he picked Kamala Harris.
Bidens campaign didnt only draw support from the left who Biden then spurned by packing his cabinet with Obama administration alumni while giving progressives like Bernie Sanders the cold shoulder. The former vice president was also supported by Republican hawks like Bill Kristol and Max Boot, as well as the much-maligned Lincoln Project Republicans, who fundraised $67 million to shoot attack ads against Trump in the runup to Novembers election.
ALSO ON RT.COM Lincoln Project co-founder accused of grooming young men, offering jobs for sex The rallying of the establishment Democrat and Republican alike behind Biden could have far-reaching consequences, Greenwald warned.
Its not a coincidence that after eight years of Obama and Biden, we got Donald Trump, he said. Obviously, if you go back and do exactly the same thing that the Obiden administration did for 8 years, which is what Bidens preparing to do, any rational person has to expect the same outcome.
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