When I was younger, and more limber (in my dreams) I’ve been at parties where, after enough alcohol had been imbibed, they bring out the limbo stick and start playing The Limbo song. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, Google it, but I suspect most of you do. In the song the singer at some point sings “How low can you go”, in an effort to get people to contort their bodies in ways the human spine was not meant to be contorted.
That little refrain came to mind when I read this on TPM. Republicans, in an effort to spin what little they could out of the demise of Osama bin Laden by the Democratic, Obama administration, have not only contorted themselves beneath the lowest point the logic of Republican thinking could go, but have started digging a hole beneath that lowest point, in an effort to go even lower. It’s really kind of sickening when you stop and think about it.
The morning after President Obama announced that Osama bin Laden had been killed in Pakistan, conservatives started crowing that credit should be given to President George W. Bush — specifically, for having the foresight and courage to torture the people who provided the initial scraps of intel that ultimately led the CIA to a giant compound just north of Islamabad.
Let me repeat that:
…credit should be given to President George W. Bush — specifically, for having the foresight and courage to torture … people …
Wow! Just. Fucking. Wow.
Let’s assume that it’s true. One of the pieces of intelligence we obtained that actually started the process that helped us get Osama bin Laden, after tireless follow-up, luck, pluck and hard work, we obtained through torture. Do we want to live in a country that sets torture up as something to emulate, to admire, to laud, something that should be a part of our arsenal of intelligence? I don’t.
It’s times like this that I seriously think about changing the name of this blog. I used to think it was a humorous, tongue-in-cheek reference to a Monty Python skit, with all the negative religious overtones that implied, but apparently there are still people out there that admire the actual Spanish Inquisition, with all of the horror and, yes, torture, that entailed.
But let’s get back to those Rethuglicans. You know, those people who will spin facts to suit their money grubbing, pathological need to lie, cheat and steal their way to the top of electoral politics. Not only are they grasping at straws, because like most of us, they have absolutely no idea exactly how we came to know what we know that led to the shoot-out at the Abbottabad Corral, but they are using this to create a little revisionist history, in an effort to wipe some of the stain of the Bush years off their slimy, feces covered faces.
Torture is not what Americans do. I’m sure Supreme Court Justice Scalia couldn’t find any authorization for torture in the Constitution, as hard as he may look, and I know I was raised and educated to believe that American ideals and values do not include torture. We certainly don’t do it as a part of official policy of the government.
But, putting aside this torturous use of logic to defend torture, it turns out that it’s not true.
Mohammed did not reveal the names while being subjected to the simulated drowning technique known as waterboarding, former officials said. He identified them many months later under standard interrogation, they said, leaving it once again up for debate as to whether the harsh technique was a valuable tool or an unnecessarily violent tactic.
So, as usual, the Republicans concoct something out of thin air, because it feels good, and supports the fantasy world they live in where torture is a good thing, because it helps to get them elected and keep them in office.
I hate hate, if you understand what I mean. I hate the emotion, the feeling I have when I see the hypocrisy that is used to justify the personal agenda of power hungry politicians, and I hate having these feelings of hate myself. But I really hate Republicans. It’s burns me up that they evoke this emotion in me, because I have always prided myself on being able to suppress and ignore the emotion of hate, and I blame them for bringing out this dark side in me. They force me to use the expletive “fuck” far more than polite company allows. I can’t tell whether they are truly evil, no better than bin Laden himself, or whether they are simply so misguided and stupid that they are able to convince themselves that up is down, black is white, and torture is good.
I just don’t know anymore.