Alexander Cockburn, who is best known for his essays at Counterpunch, offers a cogent analysis of the entire Ward Churchill affair.
It seems to me, that we've crossed some type of line of demarcation in America. There appears to exist some type of irrational need to embrace a belief in an American mythology of goodness. When someone like Churchill comes along and attempts to reexamine that, most Americans (not all, thankfully) react with a visceral response that borders on some type of survival reflex.
There is so much dishonesty wrapped up in the mythology of American triumphalism, which is so prevalent among the right-wing conservatives that are in power at the moment. I watch with great interest the developments that follow from our current dominant ideology.