Back during the Vietnam war, when all the talk was about “winning the hearts and minds” of the Vietnamese, someone from the “nuke ’em” camp wrote up some dog-Latin that supposedly translated to “When you’ve got them by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow.”
Of course, the warbloggers think you shouldn’t believe any of that stuff, coming as it does from that well-known bastion of liberal America-haters, the FBI. The Defense Intelligence Agency also seems to have been captured by partisan Democrats, with its Director telling Undersecretary of Defense Carbone that two DIA staff were threatened by interrogators after they saw saw “prisoners being brought in to a detention center with burn marks on their backs and complaining about sore kidneys.”
There’s no evidence that DoD acted in any way on the reports from its own intelligence arm or from the FBI; all we get is the same dreary refrain about not countenancing torture.
And this stuff was going on weeks after the Abu Ghraib scandal broke, at the time when all the Bushies and the warbloggers were singing in chorus about how it was all the fault of seven non-coms and that reporting on it was “partisan” and “shrill.” Mickey Kaus, if memory serves, regretted that the photos were publisehed and urged that if there were any new evidence of torture by our side it ought to be suppressed in the national interest.
Yes, yes, I know bloggers can write about what they want to write about, but the silence on this issue from most of Right Blogistan is pretty depressing.
Glenn Reynolds, who approving quoted an entirely apposite though unprintable remark making what might be called the patriotic argument against torture, back when torture seened to be still mostly a theoretical question, doesn’t seem to be nearly as angry at Undersecretary Carbone and his bosses as he is at Dan Rather and Kofi Annan. Why not?
The election is over, fellas. Your guys won. Now can’t you at least ask them to act like decent human beings, like representatives of a great, and fundamentally good, nation? Where’s the outrage?
Yes, I would like to see Don Rumsfeld in the dock at the Hague. Wouldn’t you? If he didn’t know what was going on, it’s because he didn’t want to know.