The distancing playbook says find someone who can’t fight back. So it was a highly blameable low-ranking briefer who messed up, just as it was those folks in the photos at Abu Ghraib and Walter Reed’s “lower-ranking officers and noncommissioned officers lacking ‘the right experience and the authority to be able to execute some of the missions!’” Further up the chain of command, responsibility is formulaically accepted, but no, nobody is fired.
Friday, February 23, 2007
Instahoglets 23rd Feb 07
The Newshog blogroll has a whole bunch of excellent blogs, all guaranteed not to have an A-List bloggier-than-thou attitude. Here's another selection of what they are saying.
Cheryl at Whirled View on the White House's Implausible Deniability. Where's The Outrage notices something as one US soldier gets a 100 year sentence for murder and rape: "Where’s the Right Wing? They were trying to fry Jack Murtha saying that he didn’t support the troops. Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh led the crowd. Now, where’s the apology?" Pagan Science Monitor: Trial lawyer Martin Garbus has a new book warning that archconservatives in the Federal judiciary are already successfully rolling back the last century's worth of hard-won reforms. In reviewing it, PSM argues that Garbus's warning doesn't make sense unless you also look at Chris Hedges's 2006 book: "American Fascists." Left End of The Dial marks Tuesday's second anniversary of Hunter S. Thompson's death with quotes, including this one from just after 9/11 "The towers are gone now, reduced to bloody rubble, along with all hopes for Peace in Our Time, in the United States or any other country. Make no mistake about it: We are At War now--with somebody--and we will stay At War with that mysterious Enemy for the rest of our lives." Shadow of a Hegemon on blogrolling, amnesties and purges. Good stuff. Panglossian Notes finds that the Canadian media are just as bad at reporting what their military are really up to in Afghanistan as the American media are at reporting US military spin about Iraq. (Shorter American media on Afghanistan - "We're at war where?) Liberal Oasis says the Republicans have a "secular problem". I'm late to this but it's still an interesting read - Agitprop presents his Weekend edition of Wingnut Roundup. I'm late to this one too (I need to read more!) but Mike at Comments From Left Field has some real black history for you. Two very different men commit two very different crimes. When both violate probation, there are wildly different results: The robber gets life; the killer remains free. Guess which one was black? And if that's not enough, there's always Memeorandum, the best blog aggregator around.