Sizzling NY Times editorial
I honestly wonder whether an editorial board of a national paper has ever before slammed a president quite this hard. It’s blistering.
There are too many moments these days when we cannot recognize our country. Sunday was one of them, as we read the account in The Times of how men in some of the most trusted posts in the nation plotted to cover up the torture of prisoners by Central Intelligence Agency interrogators by destroying videotapes of their sickening behavior. It was impossible to see the founding principles of the greatest democracy in the contempt these men and their bosses showed for the Constitution, the rule of law and human decency.
It was not the first time in recent years we’ve felt this horror, this sorrowful sense of estrangement, not nearly. This sort of lawless behavior has become standard practice since Sept. 11, 2001.
The country and much of the world was rightly and profoundly frightened by the single-minded hatred and ingenuity displayed by this new enemy. But there is no excuse for how President Bush and his advisers panicked — how they forgot that it is their responsibility to protect American lives and American ideals, that there really is no safety for Americans or their country when those ideals are sacrificed.
Read the rest — it keeps getting better.
It doesn’t make up for The Times hiring William Kristol, but it is a hell of a read.
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January 1st, 2008 at 2:38 am
My dream is to get rid of everybody in the federal government from the janitors to the president. After that we burn all their documents both public and private (except perhaps for the constitution) then start all over again.
We’d still have to figure out how to keep the snake oil salesmen out of office though.
January 1st, 2008 at 1:50 pm
That is scathing and it’s about damn time.
Until we all acknowledge the criminal and immoral behavior, we have so far condoned, as UN-American and talk about it publicly and demand accountability, the ruthless bunch (episode 15? I love that one) will only continue to degrade our country and everything for which we stand. Wouldn’t it be great if, in this new year, the major media actually decided to stop protecting dear leader and rejoin the lawful and moral and reality-based citizens they have been dis-serving these many years. If Bill Clinton had done any one the outrages resident moron has done, they would be screaming for impeachment…oh that’s right, they did scream for impeachment …..for a lie….about sex. It only gets more bizarre when I think about it. It’s a new year though and there’s plenty of time for the truth to leak out and take hold. Plenty of time for reason and decency to return. We’ve got to press hard for the media to catch up with what the people already understand, that we are NOT the incorporated states of America. WE are the government and they work for us. The news media has a responsibility to us and we have a responsibility to each other and, damn it, the law is the law. Torture by any other name is still torture.
And the truth will indeed set us free.
I talk to way too many people who think it is futile to try to bring this bunch to justice. So don’t even try?!! We’ve got to beat this futility thing. They’ve succeeded in convincing too many of us that we have no power against the mighty corporations and that our representatives have no fear of us and no obligation to us. We’ve accepted that we can’t count on “government” to help us …. that means we can’t count on ourselves to help. But we do have power and if we ever get organized, they are in for a rude awakening.
One little action could burst the futility bubble and unleash a flood of demands for more action. There is no way I can see to reach the far right crowd of the paranoid and confused. These sheep have followed the wrong shepherd but to admit that would devastate them and frighten them even more than continuing to be misled. But America isn’t filled with paranoid sheep. It is filled with people who are deeply concerned for their families and their country, people who remember when our values were respected and our president didn’t ask us to give up our rights, our homes, our children and our morals so that he and his friends could profit from war and usurp ever more power.
A common theme, as in this NYT piece, is “this is not the America we know”.
It rings true and it sticks in the craw of everyone who loves this place.
May the new year bring the America we knew back to us with the energy and creativity that’s been stifled by the dark side.
Happy New Year! May the force be with us.
January 1st, 2008 at 2:47 pm
didn’t realize what a long rant I had in me!
Sorry. I hope I’m not going be even wordier this year than last.
My brother got me a T-shirt for Christmas that says, “May the good Lord have his arm around your shoulder and his hand over your mouth”.
I tried it on and damn! it fit.
January 2nd, 2008 at 1:15 am
because there was just one word, i thought about your “wordy” post:
January 2nd, 2008 at 2:24 pm
For more lousy notes, read today’s TomDispach.
Now I’m in a bad mood again.
January 5th, 2008 at 3:34 am
I’m surpised Perino didnt demand an apology.