Sunday, April 19, 2009

Symptomatic

You know "your" country's worthless when people aren't too ashamed to say stuff like this:
Gen. Michael V. Hayden, who served as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency during the last two years of George W. Bush’s presidency, said Sunday that the Obama administration’s recent release of memos detailing harsh interrogation techniques would limit the agency’s ability to pursue terrorists in the future.

The C.I.A. used harsh techniques like waterboarding on detainees from 2002 through 2005, before General Hayden became director. He told a Congressional committee in 2008 that the technique was explicitly dropped from the agency’s authorized methods in 2006 and that he believed its use was likely to have been illegal.

But speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” General Hayden said that the descriptions gave Al Qaeda a tactical advantage by allowing them to prepare for specific practices used by the C.I.A., even if those practices are not in use now.

“It describes the box within which Americans will not go beyond,” General Hayden said. “To me, that’s very useful for our enemies, even if, as a policy matter, this president at this time had decided not to use one, any, or all of those techniques.”
President Rainbow Brite, the darling of the mainstream "antiwar" left, has made it clear that there won't be any criminal charges brought against well-positioned war criminals. And that's a real shame, what with folks like Michael Hayden and Dick Cheney volunteering out loud for seats at the defendants' table. But, with Mr. Obama obviously intending to be as least as much a player of the empire game as was Mr. Bush before him, he's not about to establish any precedents of undue executive accountability before the law that he might someday find personally inconvenient. One player goes to the bench and is replaced by another ... but the game, clearly, goes on.

Now let's hear from a legislative 'Pubbie:
Senator John Ensign, a Republican from Nevada, also criticized the administration on Sunday, saying that the disclosure would limit future options against terrorism.

“The harm is that if we ever return to those policies, one is they can train against them now,” he said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “Do we really think that having advanced interrogation techniques is something we don’t want to use if we find Osama bin Laden?”
Oh, yeah -- if our former employee Mr. bin Laden is captured, we're naturally going to want to have plenty of Jack Bauer Fantasy Fun with him before he's lynched. Don't want nuthin' spoilin' that party, nosirreebob!

Finally, there's the question of Supporting the Troops Spooks:
Mr. Ensign and Gen. Hayden also argued that the prospect of prosecution would give C.I.A. agents pause when accepting legal advice about the practices they use.

“The basic foundation of the legitimacy of the agency’s action has shifted from some durability of law to a product of the American political process,” he said. “That puts agency officers in a horrible position.”
Can't have those tax-feeders pausing when being told that torture is legal, and no harm can come to them, and that nothing El Presidente calls "legal" can possibly be illegal. Can't have them hesitating out of fear that the classic Nuremberg defense ("ve vass schusst followink ohr-duhs!") might not fly. Or ... could we? Sure we could. We won't, but we could.

Now, equal time for the Democrats:
Democrats on Sunday played down the importance of the release of the documents, saying that most of the information was already public. David Axelrod, a senior adviser to President Obama, said there was “no legal rationale for keeping them classified.”

Mr. Axelrod said that the president’s ban on enhanced interrogation techniques was more important that the release of the C.I.A.’s memos.

“We’re moving past all of that,” Mr. Axelrod said on “Face the Nation.” “And to revisit it again and again and again isn’t, in the president’s view, in the country’s interest.”
Yeah, move on, folks, move on -- nothing to see here. Purest crap. There would, in fact, be nothing better for the great 'Murkin People than to "revisit it again and again and again." Clearly, it's not in the interest of today's war criminal to have a lot of war-crimes discussions that might reverberate as much as four years from now -- after all, Rainbow Brite himself has said that he might be a one-term president if he can't reinvigorate the shell game that is the hollow American "economy," and he's certainly smart enough to be able to make a reasonable estimate of his chances of getting that done.

7 comments:

akaGaGa said...

Good post, Jim. Why is the question always about the policies of the current administration?

Why does no one ever question whether something is plain right or wrong?

P.S. Thanks for covering the bases at examiner.com. I didn't intend for you to have a new job, too. :)

Jim Wetzel said...

I see where your second post on the subject is drawing the same sort of comments as the first. There doesn't seem to be much use in talking to these people. It's like there's a light or two on, but nobody's home.

akaGaGa said...

I'm not so sure the light's on, either. :) And I've decided I'm not going to roll around in the mud with the pigs.

If it wasn't so pathetic, and such a blatant sign of our current culture, I'd be getting a kick out of it. Okay, I AM getting a kick out of it. Besides, it's getting me more page views. :)

Jim Wetzel said...

I was feeling a little bit bad about rolling around with them myself. I mean, it's fun and all, but I don't think I do it at the Spirit's prompting; I'm fairly sure it has much more to do with my wholly-corrupt flesh.

But, you know, the page-views thing had crossed my mind, also. So maybe I'll go on having fun. "It's for a good cause."

akaGaGa said...

LOL! Maybe we think TOO much alike, my friend. :)

Mimi said...

I'm waiting for the day our local newspapers and TV pundits describe torture graphicaly. The information is available; smashing somebody's face against a wall, but being careful to keep fingertips away from eyes--I SWEAR this is included--is just one of the horrors. Other niceties are available for viewing in the NYTimes. To say "torture" or even "waterboarding" is to allow the mind to glide away from the reality of just HOW suffering is inflicted. Oh, I know I'm preaching to you other singers; wish we could beef up the choir.

Jim Wetzel said...

Yes, Mimi, I've seen some of that material too. The way we sanitize horror with language is ... well, it's just even more proof, no longer needed, of Orwell's genius.

I mean, think about "stress positions" for a moment. I go to a class a couple of mornings a week at my local YMCA, where I sometimes find myself doing "planks" -- which could be legitimately described as a "stress position." I'm asked to do a "plank" for thirty seconds by a very nice woman who, if I decide I have to "take a break" after only 15 seconds, will be sympathetic and affirm me in my decision to do so. I wonder what it's like to try for several hours at the command of a filthy-mouthed foreign sadist who's just been beating me and will certainly resume immediately if I "take a break?" I guess I'd rather imagine any number of people in DC, and working for them, getting that particular treat.