January 7, 2005

Krugman on Fiction

Great article from Krugman today in the NYT. (registration or bugmenot req’d)

There are some flaws in it, but it sums up the “creeping shock” as I like to call it, that pervades this post election season. Krugman goes down a list of stuff we’ve been watching as if they are bits in the plot of a bad novel he’s writing, and if anyone had written this a few years back, nobody would have believed it.

The article culminates with the plot point of the confirmation of Alberto Gonzales.

The principal objection to making Mr. Gonzales attorney general is that doing so will tell the world that America thinks it’s acceptable to torture people. But his confirmation will also be a statement about ethics.

As White House counsel, Mr. Gonzales was charged with vetting Mr. Kerik. He must have realized what kind of man he was dealing with - yet he declared Mr. Kerik fit to oversee homeland security.

Did Mr. Gonzales defer to the wishes of a president who wanted Mr. Kerik anyway, or did he decide that his boss wouldn’t want to know? (The Nelson Report, a respected newsletter, reports that Mr. Bush has made it clear to his subordinates that he doesn’t want to hear bad news about Iraq.)

As I watch, I feel I must conclude that we don’t need a relaxation of ethical standards in this country, mainly because the people in power have done away with inconvenient ethical standards altogether. I suppose, however, someone needs to make it official.

Posted by James at January 7, 2005 3:36 PM
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And to think this man, who characterized the Geneva Convention as "quaint" and "outdated," is really being groomed for the Supreme Court...

Makes you wonder if you've really seen what you've seen, doesn't it?

There have been statements from retired military personnel and members of congress indicating that by fouting the Geneva Convention, we have created the possibility that that our own soldiers could be tortured by the same justification.

Wow, this is just the kind of level-headed deep thinker I want to head up the post of Attorney General. In comparison, he makes Ashy look like a milquetoast sexual neurotic.

"As retired Gen. James Cullen, former chief judge of the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals, said, 'These briefs under Gonzales could be cited by our enemies to justify torture of our people.' Cullen said Gonzales "had the responsibility at some point to put the brakes on this ... and he failed to do it."

"The Democrat senator Edward Kennedy told Mr Gonzales that policies he supported or helped formulate 'have been used by the administration, the military and the CIA to justify torture and Geneva Convention violations by military and civilian personnel'."

"Other Democrats continued the attack, with Senator Patrick Leahy saying 'America’s troops and citizens are at greater risk' because of policies that are "tantamount to torture".

Posted by: Patti M. at January 7, 2005 5:07 PM

I'm in no hurry to age, but 2008 can't come soon enough.

Posted by: Julie at January 7, 2005 5:13 PM

Gonzales' first act will be to take down the drapes covering the Justice statue. Second act, dress it up in BDSM garb.

Posted by: James at January 7, 2005 6:22 PM

I read that editorial, too. It was fantastic. Be sure to check out Herbert's in the NY Times today, too.

Posted by: Mark at January 7, 2005 6:58 PM

To James's point:

His second act will be to dress up the statue in a classic SM/BD outfit--perhaps a Prometheus harness--earning him the moniker "The Naughty AG."

Posted by: Patti M. at January 10, 2005 1:12 PM

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