Thursday, June 16, 2005

Billmon writes well, but Sully Cannot read...

KOS wrote this when commenting on the lizard brain right frothing over Dick Durbin, truth teller (see Billmon related post below):

To the pea brains on the Right, incapable of reading the English language in its most basic, unuanced form, they claim Durbin is calling our troops Nazis. The Wingnutosphere is making that claim. Rush is making that claim. Hannity is making that claim. Drudge is making that claim. Look to Fox News to jump on the bandwagon tomorrow.

Of course, what Durbin is saying is that such torture -- undisputed, by the way, and read from an FBI report -- is more at home in a place like Soviet Russia or Nazi Germany than in a modern Democracy.

And that's the truth. Plain and simple...

...And let's not forget, "torture" was used as a rationale for this war -- as in, we'll invade and end the torture.

Of course, none of that has happened. The torture that was so bad under Saddam, is equally bad under U.S. command. And Dick Durbin had the balls to say it so on the Senate floor.

And these cowards -- these people who will neither serve the cause they claim is so vital, nor urge others to serve it -- now rush to defend behavior that is indefensible?

Look at the middle paragraph in context, is it not easy to understand that torture is BAD no matter who does it, as opposed to saying that we torture AS MUCH as Saddam?

Not to Sullivan:

The torture that was so bad under Saddam, is equally bad under U.S. command." - Markos Moulitsas, on DailyKos yesterday. Look, few have been as outraged as I have been by what this administration has perpetrated and permitted with regard to detainees in U.S. care. But this kind of morally cretinous hyperbole only discredits the serious case against the administration.

When this obvious error was pointed out to Sullivan, he reacted with his usual brand of intellectual bullying:

Some of you have emailed me to say that I'm misinterpreting Kos. Here's the argument:

"The torture that was so bad under Saddam, is equally bad under U.S. command" does not mean "Saddam and the US torture the same amount" but rather "torture is just as wrong under US command as under Saddam's command".

The sentence, when re-read, is indeed unclear and could be read either way, I think. Well: Kos can clear it up. All he need say is that the torture that has occurred under the U.S., while nothing like as extreme or as widespread as under Saddam, is still reprehensible. I look forward to his clarification on these lines and will happily link to it if it appears and withdraw his award nomination.

First of all, who gives a fuck about your awards?

Second, it's not Kos's responsibility to teach you how to read in context you braying jackass, that's your problem.

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