Friday, January 21, 2005

Through the Looking Glass

I should be able to make something of this; but I can't.

Condoleeza Rice taking umbrage at Barbara Boxer's questions. Never once denying what she had said, never once acknowledging that what she said in response to Boxer, or Biden, was completely at odds with reality. When reality doesn't fit what you say, ignore reality. Condi Rice as the Red Queen from Alice in Wonderland, and soon to be the U.S. Secretary of State.

And word comes today that Alberto Gonzalez, still only White House Counsel, has declared that the U.S. anti-torture statutes don't reach beyond the waters to foreigners on foreign soil. And none of the definitions of torture or restrictions on use of torture agreed to or announced by this Administration, apply to the CIA.

Also today Dick Cheney tells Don Imus: "You look around at potential trouble spots, Iran is right at the top of the list." And, of course, " 'We don't want a war in the Middle East, if we can avoid it,' he said." Which makes you wonder what he thinks is going on in Iraq right about now.

The situation with this Administration has gone completely through the looking glass. It is now beyond comprehension. I don't think even Barbara Boxer understands that she is speaking in one language, and the Bush Administration is speaking in a language all its own, one that sounds like English, but that has no connection with the reality the rest of us live in. There is no other explanation for this behavior, and it fits perfectly with the paranoia the President constantly displays over threats to his own person.

These people are crazy. No, really. They are not in contact with the world. I know I should fear the one who can harm the soul and not the body, but still.....

AN UPDATE: It starts at the top:
So it is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world.

This is not primarily the task of arms, though we will defend ourselves and our friends by force of arms when necessary. Freedom, by its nature, must be chosen, and defended by citizens, and sustained by the rule of law and the protection of minorities. And when the soul of a nation finally speaks, the institutions that arise may reflect customs and traditions very different from our own. America will not impose our own style of government on the unwilling.

Tell us all one more time why invading Iraq was imperative, Mr. President....

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