the perfect moment

Well, it seems that for at least the dozenth time, the Government is going to wait a bit longer to release the torture documents it’s been sitting on, like a proud and protective hen, for all these years.  The only difference is that all this determined sitting is supposed to prevent, rather than promote, any eventual hatching. I know how they feel; it’s always tough picking the right moment to go ahead and own up to some unfortunate but hard-to-justify transgression, and at those times, later beats sooner every time, no matter what type of beans one is spilling. Husbands carrying on affairs, criminals about to be indicted, and recently elected politicians of both parties preparing to announce their real policy positions, always face the same dilemma, “will they be more mad if I tell them today or tomorrow?”

The CIA and the Obama Administration think tomorrow would be better; oh, make that next week.  After all, there is the possibility that over the holiday weekend the fireworks and barbecues wherein Americans celebrate their special place in the world will make everybody so bloated and hung over that finding out about having killed a hundred or so people, and sticking a dizzying array of different things up their butts in the process, will seem kind of tiresome and boring.   It’s as good a bet as any.  Curiously, though, in an administration that has now slavishly copied  both the media management and nearly all the policies of its once-reviled predecessor, it didn’t just pick the usual Friday night “one cheek sneak,” as Sam Seder memorably and accurately called it, to let this silent but deadly story fill the room with its aroma, and run.  It’s the dog that didn’t, uh, bark.

Of course, any mystery surrounding this aberration quickly evaporates when one reads the documents in question, even in the most cursory fashion, and minus the pictures.  ”Natural” deaths seem to abound for otherwise healthy 20-somethings, shocking and frankly repulsive descriptions of the most reprehensible violations of human dignity, and a deep sexual perversions run through it all like the sewage in the streets of Fallujah, and the corpses pile up with only conflicting data and plainly bowdlerized autopsies, written in the bland bureaucratese that gave the banality of evil its name.   What could a red-blooded American serve on the Fourth that wouldn’t lead to unfortunate puns and spoiled appetites over this type of stuff?  Everybody understands their dilemma.  Not while we’re eating, please.

The problem is, of course, that the only people on earth who have any doubt, or even support, such vile behavior committed in their name are Americans…   All the supposed “terrorists” who are supposedly assembling on our shores, and are assuredly going to treat this “news” as the final straw before they nuke us once and for all, already know all about it.  They don’t have the WaPoo in Afghanistan and Fox News is not readily available in Saudi Arabia, so it turns out those potential terrorists are a little smarter than we are, here in the Homeland, about these things.  Besides, we don’t wait for the “bad guys” to be in the right frame of mind before we bomb, kill, or torture them, which they no doubt see as kind of insulting, considering the sensitivity with which we treat those whose opinions we sort of care about here at home, and yet quite often squish, freeze or sodomize those we call “terrorists,”  all the time, even when they’re not the least in the mood.  That sort of thing has just got to rankle, as it takes no great difficulty to imagine.

As Helen Thomas said today of the administration, and appropriately derisively, “the people who promised openness and transparency?”  They’re just waiting for the right moment, Helen.


  1. dirigo says:

    Helen is yo mama. Respect her …

  2. Mona says:

    As I wrote was OT at GG’s:

    Oh, I read every Greenwald column and a number of others. But due to the OT way the the thread drifted a few days ago, I spent $20 I should not have downloading the 30th anniversary of Piaf from iTunes. I am among the happiest women in the world now, with torture out of my mind for an hour or so.

    So you, hag, may buy your own Piaf with no fear of my pilfering. (And please do so — it may keep us all sane. (And Edith drank some too much, one good French hag.)

    • cocktailhag says:

      Well, and as I’m sure you can imagine, Mona, I could outdrink Edith about now and still be in something of a bad mood. Fortunately, I live in a Medical Marijuana state at times like these.

      • Mona says:

        I wish I could do Mj. But I’m one of those weirrd people who 1 in 4 times it makes frighteningly paranoid –which I learned when young.

        So a few glasses of wine now and then, and music.

        Now, if “they” legalize it so I know exactly what I am getting, I like when it just mellows. But in a black market there are no guarantees, and I also have an aversion to, you know, jail.

        • cocktailhag says:

          Well, I guess I’m singularly blessed in that, in addition to the Starbucks, Subway, cheap microbrew store, and pizza joint, I can get a bag of something right downstairs. This week’s special was kind of crappy, though. Glad I didn’t have to cross the street for it.

  3. omooex says:

    “What could a red-blooded American serve on the Fourth that wouldn’t lead to unfortunate puns and spoiled appetites over this type of stuff? Everybody understands their dilemma. Not while we’re eating, please.”

    Nice. Pass the torture please.

  4. sysprog says:

    We are waiting for transparency in government, but these things take time.

    As RMN said in 1969, “There are those who want instant transparency and those who want secrecy forever. I believe we need to have a middle course. . . “

    Which reminds of a story from the early 60s.

    After lunch, the workers at a collective farm gathered around the farm’s TV set and watched a speech by Comrade Kruschchev.

    “We haven’t achieved true communism, yet,” said the leader, “but we are building a new society, and communism is on the horizon.”

    One of the collective farm workers wasn’t a native Russian speaker and was puzzled.

    He turned and asked his friend, “Sergey Ivanovich, what is it, this word, ‘horizon’?”

    Sergey explained, “the horizon is an imaginary line where heaven meets earth, and that gets farther away as you approach it.”

  5. Karen M says:

    Hah! bowdlerized… that’s it.

    sysprog, I thought you were going for some kind of transparent secret, but now I see it was for something even more abstract.

  6. Does anyone doubt that the discourse taking place largely outside the Sabbath gasbags’ ken will have an effect on them? First, as everyone tells us, they’re going broke, and second, the level of both expertise and literacy, even in the mom and pop blogs, is getting harder to ignore. Krugman quoting Digby may seem quaint to his bosses, but not to their readership.

    Why would we pay any attention to George Will, when we have Anonymous Liberal? Who in his right mind would prefer Friedman to Froomkin, or Krauthammer to Greenwald? When the mode of the music changes, the walls of the city shake.

    • rmp says:

      Probably, the M$M leadership and their stenographers won’t realize Internet journalists have taken over until they are beaten or have closed shop. The walls are shaking and they are too busy trying to count gains and losses to notice.

    • cocktailhag says:

      That is one thing that always gets me about the punditocracy; they simply aren’t very talented writers. Never mind that none of their ideas have a shred of originality; the prose, vocabulary, and development are like that produced by a bunch of college freshman, and not at a very good college, either.

  7. rmp says:

    Hag more than a bit longer.

    Obama administration delays (two months) release of CIA report
    By NEDRA PICKLER Associated Press Writer
    Jul 2nd, 2009 | WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Thursday that it needs two more months to review an internal CIA report on the agency’s secret detention and interrogation program before making it public.
    The Justice Department had originally said it intended to release the report in June as part of a lawsuit, but department officials now say they need until the end of August.
    The report by the CIA’s inspector general questioned the effectiveness of harsh interrogation methods employed by CIA interrogators during the Bush administration, such as waterboarding.
    Justice Department spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler said the report contains information that overlaps with other CIA documents that they also must review and release by a court-ordered Aug. 31 deadline.
    “As we re-reviewed the CIA IG report it was clear that we would not be able to complete it in an expedited manner as we had hoped,” Schmaler said. “There are unique processing issues to this review that made it clear to us we would need all the time the court gave us to complete it.”

    • cocktailhag says:

      “Unique processing issues?” What, photoshop? Sheesh.

      • A simultaneous increase of the required magnitude in both the mendacity and plausibility indexes of such a report is difficult to automate with our present technology. Experts familiar with the material must be called in to smooth the awkward spots by hand; Rove, Rumsfeld, Gonzales, etc. Even when the final bamboozlement tests have been been successfully completed, the President must still be satisfied that the finished draft meets or exceeds the standards of rhetorical grace already established by his administration.

        This takes time, and is not a job for amateurs, no matter how talented.

  8. retzilian says:

    I think it’s simply a common lawyer trick: delay, delay, delay.

  9. Karen M says:

    Speaking of Nudes in the News…

    Paul showed me this video from New Zealand Air when I got home from work today.

    There are more of them… just search for New Zealand Air at YouTube.

    My apologie… it opens in the “on” position.

  10. Myrna says:

    o by the way hag…i thank i luv u 2