13 May 2004 - Thursday

Somebody revoke his pundit's license

John Derbyshire at National Review's The Corner:

My mental state these past few days:

The Abu Ghraib "scandal": Good. Kick one for me. But bad discipline in the military (taking the pictures, I mean). Let's have a couple of courts martial for appearance's sake. Maximum sentence: 30 days CB.

He also accuses the press of trying to "re-live the glory days of Vietnam" by bringing down the president; attacks Bush for apologizing to "some barbarian chieftain"; and does at last express some outrage at US troop behavior -- for having sex with each other.

Clearly, I am only posting this because I want Bush to lose the election. That's the only possible reason I could have for criticizing Bush's war policy or US troop behavior or the vengeful right wing in general. Clearly I should shut up and stop being an America-hater. Clearly I should stop undermining the war effort.

Yes, I realize Derbyshire was just blowing off steam. And that's all our troops were doing when they started treating their captives like animals. It's the same reason I keep talking about the rule of law: the behavior of the "good guys" must be controlled too.

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