So why is the Bush administration so determined to torture people?
To show that it can.
The central drive of the Bush administration — more fundamental than any particular policy — has been the effort to eliminate all limits on the president’s power. Torture, I believe, appeals to the president and the vice president precisely because it’s a violation of both law and tradition. By making an illegal and immoral practice a key element of U.S. policy, they’re asserting their right to do whatever they claim is necessary...
...Only now, five years after 9/11, has Mr. Bush finally found some things he wants us to sacrifice. And those things turn out to be our principles and our self-respect.
Monday, September 18, 2006
A chair, an amoire, a deacon's bench, a dinette set, a workbench, headboard
Paul Krugman (via Digby) brings all manner of furniture down upon the gesticulating primate crown of the Chimperor Disgustus: