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"But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, when all those legs and arms and heads, chopped off in battle, shall join together at the latter day and cry all 'We died at such a place;' some swearing, some crying for a surgeon, some upon their wives left poor behind them, some upon the debts they owe, some upon their children rawly left. I am afeard there are few die well that die in a battle; for how can they charitably dispose of any thing, when blood is their argument? Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; whom to disobey were against all proportion of subjection." (Henry V, Act V, Scene 4)

Friday, November 09, 2007

Wrong Torture, Right For US Attorney General

Glenn Greenwald on the vote to confirm Michael Mukasey:




The most amazing quote was from chief Mukasey supporter Chuck
Schumer, who, before voting for him, said that Mukasey is "wrong on
torture -- dead wrong." Marvel at that phrase: "wrong on torture." Six
years ago, there wasn't even any such thing as being "wrong on
torture," because "torture" wasn't something we debated. It would have
been incoherent to have heard: "Well, he's dead wrong on torture, but .
. . "



Now, "torture" is not only something we openly debate, but it's
something we do. And the fact that someone is on the wrong side of the
"torture debate" doesn't prevent them from becoming the Attorney
General of the United States. It's just one issue, like any other issue
-- the capital gains tax, employer mandates for health care, the water
bill -- and just because someone is "dead wrong" on one little issue
(torture) hardly disqualifies them from High Beltway Office.



Are you still in the country you thought you were in?



This is a watershed moment. It's now possible to be "wrong on
torture" and survive. Not just survive, though. Thrive. Win high
office. Be the chief law "enforcement" officer of the United States of
America.



What standard does this set? What practices, if any, are and will forever be out of bounds?



Chuck Schumer's logic is just another step toward the day when
campaign ads of the future will deliver as a straight line the news
that the opposition is, "Wrong on cannibalism. Wrong for America."



(h/t: Disgusted in St Louis)

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2007/11/9/92119/7549





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