A Government Of Men

I missed this over the weekend, but found it via Andrew Sullivan today:

As lawmakers prepare to debate the CIA’s special interrogation program for terrorism suspects, fewer than 10 percent of the members of Congress have been told which interrogation techniques have been used in the past, and none of them know which ones would be permissible under proposed changes to the War Crimes Act. . . .

“I don’t know what the CIA has been doing, nor should I know,” said Senator Jeff Sessions, an Alabama Republican.

Of course not. If your kid wanted to borrow your car, you would never ask him where he was going, you would just give it to him. Same here. Asking questions is assuming that the CIA would misbehave. Obviously, that assumption is ridiculous

Then again, that analogy is not really appropriate. Parents have a duty to question their children. But it would be unAmerican for anyone to question the actions of our leader and his underlings, even more so to try to limit their actions. Limiting the executive branch is not the role of Congress or the Courts. The executive is all wise and appointed by God. He alone knows what is best, and it is not for us to question him.

(Yes, I know the masculine pronoun in the last sentence is vague. But does it really matter to whom it refers? Both of them support torture, after all.).

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5 Comments on “A Government Of Men”

  1. Mark Says:

    No one in the media ever says the “T” word when talking about this topic.

  2. wheeler Says:

    i think that is what bugs me the most about the issue. i hate to pick on sessions (wink wink) but the willful ignorance he displays as well as the creative use of language by the administration and the media really make an honest debate impossible. how is anyone to evaluate whether the “program” is necessary, good, bad, or indifferent if no-one will explain what, exactly, the program does.

    call me an america-hating-bush-bashing-cynic, but on an issue this important “trust us” does not cut it.

  3. Kathy Says:

    Wheeler, bashing Bush does not make you an America-hater. It makes you an America-lover who is willing to speak up when you see your beloved country being damaged (not beyond repair, I hope). Keep up the good work.

  4. Dan Says:

    Kathy… I want you to think about your family dead, rotting in the backyard, murdered by terrorists. Picture it… picture it… Now how do you feel about it?

  5. demopolite Says:

    Not to speak for Kathy, but I sure feel as good about it as I do picturing someone ELSE’S family member dead, rotting in a dungeon, murdered by the CIA when they did nothing wrong.

    But I guess when reason won’t cut it, you can always turn to emotion.


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