Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Leaving behind a trail of cement-melting slime

This graphic could only come to us
via Jesus' General to whom a tip of the helmet.

Greg Miller reports in today's Los Angeles Times:
Reporting from Washington -- Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday that he was directly involved in approving severe interrogation methods used by the CIA, and that the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, should remain open indefinitely.

That's the short version in the lede. The headline and subhead read:
Cheney was key in clearing CIA interrogation tactics
The vice president says that the use of waterboarding was appropriate and that the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, should stay open until 'the end of the war on terror.'

They might have screamed:
Cheney: unrepentant torturer

I rather like the theological response of the Rude Pundit:
Yes, indeed, the gastropodic, nearly amorphous globularity that occasionally forces itself into a frightening figure we haltingly refer to as "man," known as "Dick Cheney," has heaved its mass up to the surface of the earth, pustules popping, leaving behind a trail of a cement-melting slime. Ah, Christ, the people of the nation think, is it feeding time again? Will he never be satisfied? Have we not sacrificed enough virgin children for him to engorge? The very existence of Dick Cheney has turned more people into atheists than all the storms and wars in history, for if something that degraded and hideous is allowed to not only live, but thrive, then there can be nothing we might call "God" in the universe.
You have to admit, Dick Cheney does make theodicy difficult.

I don't like the devastation of tsunamis, inflicting, as they do, vast suffering. But they make sense in terms of geophysics behaving as geophysics must - following laws and devoid of moral content.

What laws does Cheney follow? He seems to embody the sort of evil - a will to power combined with indifference to the plight of others - that we usually associate with a whiff of sulfur. Just saying.

We're back to the issue of war crimes, lack of justice, and lack of notice discussed by Glenn Greenwald in the article noted in the previous post.

Every time Saruman Cheney makes an appearance I forget the world's beauty. I suppose that is what happens when one travels through Mordor.
--the BB

1 comment:

Göran Koch-Swahne said...

To the point.

(the verification word is talies ;=)