Remain Calm, Etc: We Told You So, Part Whatever
Posted December 11, 2014on:
Good Thursday, Widdershins. The festive lead-up to the holidays was interrupted by repetitive bleakness in the form of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s stunning torture report. Senator Feinstein pushed this through at least in part because she was reasonably certain that it would never see daylight after January. She looked like hell when she presented the packet, as though she has not slept well in some time. There were circles under her eyes that a panda would envy. After hearing the
highlights lowlights of the report, I feel a little sick myself. Dear God, is this the America of my youth? The”shining city on the hill”? It sounded more like a failed third-world state in its death throes.
Apologists and explainers have scurried from their burrows to try to defend the indefensible. Nicole Wallace was defiantly weepy on MSN, declaring that she did not care what happened since it kept us “safe”. I’d love to see her explain that to the families of all the people who have suffered at extremists’ hands as payback for our sins. Former CIA Director Hayden actually said that the agency was under the impression that it was carrying out the will of the American people, and that their attorneys told them that this was all perfectly legal. Any number of agents insist that they were merely following orders, a stance which did not fly with the Germans at Nuremberg or with Lt. Calley with the Me Lai Massacre. Also, a group of West Virginia National Guardsmen went to the brig for torturing prisoners at Abu Ghraib. So, tell me again how this is legal. I’m waiting.
The President mumbled something regarding American values, then announced that the DOJ had investigated the matter and would not file charges. As we have seen oh, so many times of late, culpability occurs only at the lower levels of society – like us. We can be shot for walking down the middle of the street like Michael Brown, have our airway collapsed in a chokehold like Eric Garner, but let us try to defend ourselves and we are heinous murderers. Thankfully, our calm and cool President is at least investigating all of these blameless (at least at the state level) deaths. As far as the torture revelations go, I understand that his announcement of charges against a former sitting President would be largely unprecedented, but not taking sides is patently ridiculous. At this point, the UN is calling for an investigation, and we stand mute, unable to explain how we actually ran afoul of anti-torture policies that we were instrumental in framing. How embarrassing is this?
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – we told you so. Barak Obama is a decent guy who lacked the experience and the acumen to be a top-notch President. Yes, he’s cool. Yes, he’s a rock star. Yes, he has fresh ideas. Unfortunately, none of those attributes are what we need right now. So, bring it home, Elliot, and don’t be afraid to use “the robot”.
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