It may not have been noted widely enough that Tuesday was a terrible day for democracy, as the Senate passed a bill retroactively immunizing telcom companies for illegally invading your privacy at the behest of the government, and as Antonin Scalia enthusiastically endorsed torture. Scalia, Constitutional Super-Genius, argues that it is silly to think the Constitution’s ban on punishment applies to “so-called” torture, because the people we torture haven’t been convicted of a crime yet! Of course the Founders were completely unconcerned with giving the government the power to do awful things without having convicted them of anything. You wonder why Scalia’s small intestine hasn’t leapt up and strangled him from within yet.
And we had this post from William Arkin, saying that withdrawal is “at least according to shrewd observers of the United States military and senior officers in the U.S. military command, [an] impossibilit[y]. One might say it doesn’t matter what the U.S. military wishes and that the new president will decide and issue the orders. Actual governance, of course, doesn’t work that way, and every sign and precedent point to a national security establishment that has already come to conclusions as to what is possible…. Come 2009 though, boy won’t the American public be shocked to find out despite what their candidates pledged, the powers that be in the national security establishment have other ideas of what will be.”
WTF? The military doesn’t have to obey the president’s orders? How is withdrawal impossible? Did the Army get locked out of America? I’d be happy to let them back in. Who the fuck is the national security establishment to have decided that we ought to keep fighting a war long after the American people have realized that its useless? Arkin is a good reporter, which just makes me angrier.
For today’s news, Republicans are all class. Though the contempt citation is one teeny step in the right direction.