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Posted by Rick · June 6th, 2005 · 1 Comment

I don’t want anyone to misunderstand the nature of this post. I have never paid much attention to Amnesty International, or Human Rights Watch. So I’d never even try to vouch for them. But this struck me as funny:

We also know that it is suicidally irresponsible for groups that depend on the moral force of their pronouncements to habitually say things they don’t actually mean. Rhetorical inflation is a dangerous indulgence…. — Kenneth Anderson, “An American Gulag?” (June 5, 2005) CBS News.

In spite of my reticence over appearing to support AI and HRW — which, I reiterate, I am not doing because I don’t have time to research their records — I am bemused over the apologists rushing to the front lines of America’s defense. Guantanamo is, in the minds of many, just fine. Abu Ghraib is a faint memory. Never as painful for us as it has been for the rest of the world, it grows less so in the American consciousness even as everyone else recognizes it is increasingly typical of what America stands for.

For our part, every new revelation of abuse is downplayed. The abuses are really not so bad; they were either accidents or aberrations.

The biggest irony of all, though, is that the quote above was made by a right-wing apologist.

And it wasn’t about right-wing apologists.

Categories: The Bush Regime


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  • 1 Blue // Jun 8, 2005 at 10:46 am

    As the news media attempts to still maintain its patriotic status it is avoiding all the important issues that would have made Bush an unpopular president way before these polls came out. The news media simply cares about ratings; news content is solely based on ratings.

    As for Mrs. Clinton’s run for President, it would be fatalistic for the democrats. She is far too controversial and many seem to believe all the urban legends that have been going around. Yes, it is a shame, but displays to us the public’s gullibility when it comes to blaming someone for unseen sins just because someone who appears religious and upright claims that they know the truth.

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