Tuesday, March 07, 2006

The banality of lying

Gonzales' America as pictured by Steve Bell in the Guardian

Thus spake Alberto Gonzales and lo it was news:
"The U.S. abhors torture and categorically rejects its use."

"The United States has always been and remains a great defender of human rights and the rule of law."

"We are aware of no other nation in history that has afforded procedural protections like these to enemy combatants."
Well, that last one might be true, if he means a unique lack of procedural protections. Otherwise, who on earth could believe him? And they are not even new lies.

And then there is David Horowitz channeling McCarthy:
"There are 50,000 professors who are anti-American, they're radicals, they identify with the terrorists, they think of them as freedom fighters."
Apparently, he has even more trouble keeping his numbers straight than his mentor.

And in a discussion of the situation in Iraq, Gen. Peter Pace, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, channels Pangloss:
"No matter where you look - at their military, their police, their society - things are much better this year than they were last."

"I wouldn't put a great big smiley face on it, but I would say they're going very, very well from everything you look at."
Yes, the best of all possible worlds. But this time not everyone's impressed.

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