Standard Operating Procedure

Charlie Rose had on a double dose last night, highly recommended by this Booze Cabinet. First, Jane Mayer, author of The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How The War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals. Second, a conversation with Philip Gourevitch, author of Standard Operating Procedure. Both dealt with the issue of American moral authority in the wake of its war crimes under the GWB administration. That is, torture, sanctioned by our president, and disregard for the Geneva Conventions.

The entirety of it is so embarrassing, and I wonder if people weren’t trained to be scared by Bush, terror, et al. would we accept this the way we have? I mean, everyone should be appalled, and livid, but they aren’t. We detain innocent people indefinitely. We torture people. We are Americans. It’s quite pathetic.


Jane Mayer on Colbert.


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