And The Must Read of the Day for Everyone Else

Okay, before we get to the heart of the matter, let’s take a hypothetical situation.  You’re driving to work.  It’s a 55, but you’re doing 70.  If you’re anything at all like me, you probably got something hard and heavy playing and it’s cranked.  Your head’s bobbin’ and you’re getting totally amped in preparation of sitting at a desk all day long.

Then you see flashing lights in your rear view.

You get pulled over, and the cop peeks her head in your driver side window and asks, “Do you know how fast you were going?”

Now, everyone has their own little techniques for getting out of a speeding ticket.  Having only ever gotten one speeding ticket in my life, I’ve never had the opportunity to develop one myself, but I also imagine I’m in the minority.

Here’s what I’m sure most people DON’T use as a means of getting out of a ticket, “But don’t you see?  Everyone else is speeding too.”  I could be wrong, but that doesn’t seem like it would serve as a particularly effective way of talking your way out of a ticket.

Still, after everything else is exhausted, that would seem to be about the only approach the Bush administration has left when it comes to the touchy subject of torture and war crimes.

The must read of the day comes from Jason Leopold, writing for

We’ve heard a lot of remarkable stuff over the past few weeks regarding the Bush administration’s torture policies, and Jason does a great job of timelining much of the relevant information.  But what is extremely remarkable is the sheer hypocrisy.

While the Bush administration was screaming at the top of its lungs that the Iraqis were violating Geneva, the Bush adminstration itself was violating Geneva.

And pretty much all arguments fall flat against that.  You can’t argue that we were vindicated or justified in our actions because no amount of vindication will change the fact that torture is wrong, immoral, and illegal.  It’s like speeding; just because everyone does it doesn’t mean it’s all of a sudden legal.

Further, it doesn’t matter how heinous an entity has behaved.  Torturing evil people doesn’t make the act good or righteous, it just makes the people using the act of torture more like the people they’re torturing.

Plain and simple.

One Response to “And The Must Read of the Day for Everyone Else”

  1. orzo says:

    Jason Leopold has been doing amazing work for on this topic and I am sick and tired of the Daily Kos trying to discredit him b/c of his Rove story from TWO YEARS AGO! Leopold has done more work since then that makes up for it. And besides, I think he was right.

    It makes me utterly sick to read that Paul Wolfowitz and Rumsfeld were accusing Iraqis of violating the Geneva Convention. I seriously want to scream! I went to the link of the transcript band I cannot believe the hubris, the nerve, of these criminals!

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