Thursday, March 15, 2007

Torture Boy Demands To Be Fired

What a difference two months of real Congressional oversight makes.

I hope you've all been paying attention to the Gonzales flap, and how now even Republicans are recommending his dismissal. Alberto Gonzales has been the poster child for our President's plan to turn the Judiciary into the poltical (and probably in some cases, literal) version of a death squad. You're either with the President or you're as good as dead. Ask Joe Wilson, ask Valarie Plame, ask the entire covert operation set up specifically to monitor Iranian nuclear development that disappeared because it didn't provide information that the administration wanted.

But one thing you have to admire about the guy who called the Constitution and the Geneva Conventions "quaint" and who instituted torture as a bedrock national policy...he does not look like he will budge off the "I serve at the pleasure of the President" line. To me, I have to believe that he is smart enough to have known all along that what pleased the President was illegal and immoral. I admire the fact that he isn't going to just quit in order to make it all go away. He did what the President wanted him to do, and he'll be damned if he doesn't make the President fire him for it.

And that would be just the sort of thing even Fox News would have to take notice of.


Blogger R said...

That beady eyed bastard has GOT to go.

8:33 PM  
Blogger 1138 said...

The released of these torture confessions is an attempt (that will fail) to protect Alberto.

4:45 PM  
Blogger Dennis Loo said...

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10:33 PM  
Blogger Dennis Loo said...

Archie: I enjoy your blog. I posted a comment on my blog recently about Torture Boy Gonzalez that you may find interesting: "The Edifice is Starting to Crack."

(By the way, thanks for publicizing my article back in 2005, "No Paper Trail Left Behind: the Theft of the 2004 Presidential Election.")

10:39 PM  
Blogger Archie Levine said...

Thanks, Dennis, an excellent article, and I've linked your blog in my blogs of note.

Thanks for stopping by!

12:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahh, Archie, so good to have you back and in fine fettle! Infogoddess2000

9:49 AM  
Blogger S Ristau said...

At long last, the Senate is finally saying that the US troops must come home. I doubt they will be killed for this statement of the obvious but they will likely be called anti-American. However the Senate’s vote for a definite withdrawal is really, as G.K. Chesterton said, “patriotism speaking plainly. A man who says that no patriot should attack the Iraq war until it is over is not worth answering intelligently; he is saying that no good son should warn his mother off a cliff until she has fallen over it.”

But I also think there is much that America could still accomplish in Iraq if it pursued those accomplishments in a spirit of love rather than aggression, if it acted as a suitor rather than a rapist. Again to paraphrase G.K. Chesterton, “Let us suppose we are confronted with a desperate thing – say civil war in Iraq. If we think what is really best for Iraq we shall find the thread of thought leads to the throne or the mystic and the arbitrary. It is not enough for a man to disapprove of civil war in Iraq: in that case he will merely cut his throat or move to Texas. Nor, certainly, is it enough for a man to approve of civil war in Iraq: for then it would remain civil war in Iraq and that would be awful. The only way out of it seems to be for someone, say a US President, to love Iraq: to love it with a transcendental tie and without any earthy reason. If there arose a US President who loved Iraq, then Iraq would rise into ivory towers and golden pinnacles; Iraq would attire herself as a woman does when she is loved. For decoration is not given to hide horrible things: but to decorate things already adorable. A mother does not give her child a blue bow because he is so ugly without it. A lover does not give a girl a necklace to hide her neck. If US presidents loved Iraq as mothers love children, arbitrarily, because it is their neighbor, Iraq in a year or two might be fairer than America. Some readers will say this is mere fantasy. I answer that this is the actual history of mankind. This, as a fact, is how cities or countries grow great. Go back to the darkest roots of civilization and you will find them knotted round some sacred stone or encircling some sacred well. People first paid honor to a spot and afterwards gained glory for it. Men did not love Rome because she was great. She was great because they had loved her.”

7:22 PM  
Blogger Dennis Loo said...

Archie: Have you read my book, Impeach the President: the Case Against Bush and Cheney? I think that you'll love it. Thanks for posting a link to my blog.

8:10 AM  

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