Monday, January 19, 2009

Ethical Conundrums for the Incoming AG

For the Bush-Cheney junta, it's all over but for the last minute pardons, but the obtuseness and depravity continue to thrive, carried forward by the likes of Senator Cornyn of Texas, who challenged Eric Holder to a dazzling thought experiment:

HOLDER: I think your hypothetical assumes a premise that I’m not willing to concede.

CORNYN: I know you don’t like my hypothetical.

HOLDER: No, the hypothetical’s fine; the premise that underlies it I’m not willing to accept, and that is that waterboarding is the only way that I could get that information from those people.

CORNYN: Assume that it was. [emphasis mine]
Here, here! By all means dream up a situation in which waterboarding someone is the only available option. It happens all the time, right?

I only wish Senator Cornyn hadn't stopped there. For example, imagine a situation in which an interrogator's only available option is to tear off the roof of Senator Cornyn's private residence, seal the perimeter with duct tape, and fill the residence with pig shit.

And speaking of filled-with-pig-shit, consider Grover Norquist:
The other tax cut you could do is cutting the corporate rate. The U.S. corporate rate is 35 percent; the European rate is 25 percent. Obama is a more international guy, so we should be close to the European average. We’ll stop torturing people, we’ll stop torturing corporations, and that will make us more like Europe.
Imagine a situation in which the only available option for dealing with doughy hacks who morally equate a nominal tax rate of 35 percent with torture is to place them under house arrest at John Cornyn's private residence.

What now, Eric Holder? What do you do, cowboy?


larryniven said...

Wow - who knew that this was a legit way to question appointees? I mean, this information could have come in handy big time for the dems over the past several years. "If whatever Bush told you to do would be morally wrong and ineffectual at best, would you still do it? Because trust us, it will be." At least then we'd have their affirmative answers on record, instead of having to extrapolate them from their actions.

The Intellectual Redneck said...

Al Qaeda gets the plague-40 dead

We always knew Al Qaeda was a plague. Now they appear to have the plague and it may not be an accident.