On yesterday’s Face the Nation, Bob Schieffer tore into classified information leaker Edward Snowden, correctly pointing out that Snowden is no hero. From Schieffer’s commentary (via Huffington Post):
I like people who are willing to stand up to the government. As a reporter, it’s my job to do that from time to time. Some of the people I admire most are in the government. Men and women who led the civil rights movement— Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr.—they are true heroes. I’m not ready to put Edward Snowden in that category. For one thing, I don’t remember Martin Luther King, Jr. or Rosa Parks running off and hiding in China. The people who led the civil rights movement were willing to break the law and suffer the consequences. That’s a little different than putting the nation’s security at risk and running away
Bob Schieffer is right. Edward Snowden is no hero. Heroes don’t run away to China.
I think what we have in Edward Snowden is just a narcissistic young man who has decided he is smarter than the rest of us. I don’t know what he is beyond that, but he is no hero. If he has a valid point—and I’m not even sure he does—he would greatly help his cause by voluntarily coming home to face the consequences.
If I disagree with Schieffer on anything, it would be in referring to the United States as Snowden’s home. I think it’s pretty clear from Snowden’s own actions that he doesn’t view the United States has his home. When I look at Edward Snowden, I don’t see someone who has much regard for America.
With that said, if this in an indication of the knowledge bombs being dropped on the Sunday morning talk shows, perhaps it’s time for me to go back watching them.