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
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)
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