I knew everything I needed to know after I read, "The Obama White House has shamelessly employed this kiddie human shield strategy at every turn to blunt substantive criticism and dissent."
If, as is asserted, the 'Kiddie Shield' is used as an effective tool to blunt substantive criticism, then what followed could not be -- by admission -- substantive criticism or dissent. It is not claimed that the 'Kiddie Shield' is used in an attempt to blunt substantive criticism or dissent, it is stated that it is employed successfully.
Therefore what followed can be considered neither substantive criticism nor dissent. It is simply the ravings of a sore loser.