Sunday, December 09, 2007

The Joke Is On Us

The Washington Post today revealed that Jay Rockefeller, Nancy Pelosi and others were aware that we were using waterboarding as a tool. They learned this in 2002, and have remained silent since. They did not deny this report, but refused to comment. Joe Klein over at Swampland weighs in with typical bellicosity.

Now, there is going to be a lot of shouting and breast-beating over this. Republicans will say, "See! See! The Democrats knew all along!" Some of the more extreme elements on the left-wing of the Democratic Party will lapse into their traditional wailing about the Bush-appeasing weakness of their party leaders. But the Washington Post reporters and their sources make clear that these briefings took place in the months after the September 11 attacks. There was fear that we would be attacked again by terrorists, and on a regular basis. Few were thinking clearly about the nature of the threat and how to deal with it.

We tried and convicted people as war criminals after WWII for waterboarding. "Extreme elements" does not mean what Klein thinks it does.

When the "liberal" columnist at a major weekly suggests that being offended at torturing people is a radical position, it's a perfect example of how distorted the body politic has become in this country.

I think Klein should be tarred, feathered, molested by a goat, his testicles put in a vice grip, before being roasted over an open pit for this tripe he calls analysis. If you disagree, you must obviously be an extremist.