Sunday, June 26, 2005
Absolutely batty: The left has lost it. Even those whom you could once count on being as on the sensible center-left like Andrew Sullivan [third item] appear to have chosen instead to dive head first into America-hating insanity.
On yesterday's "Fox News Watch," they briefly addressed the differences in coverage between Sen. Dick Durbin's American servicemen=Nazis and Karl Rove's liberals=soft-on-terror. Media critic Neal Gabler can usually be counted on to be part of the sensible left, however those days appear to have passed. When host Eric Burns got around to having Gabler address the subject, Gabler claimed that the difference between Rove's comments and Durbin's slander -- was that Durbin's remarks were true.
That Gabler would embrace even what Durbin has sort-of distanced himself from is troubling. But Gabler was given an opportunity to backtrack. "The Nazis?" Burns asked with astonishment in his voice. Gabler then dodged the comparison he was endorsing, and merely said that an America that would allow terrorists to soil themselves wasn't an America he would be proud of.
Gabler's going to get some well-deserved hate mail -- and he'll probably be proud of himself -- but he's lost a lot of his credibility if he can't tell the difference between a terrorist with irritable bowel syndrome and the systematic murder of millions.
Too many Democrats in Congress are no longer members of the loyal opposition, instead they would rather try to cater to the worst instincts of their America-hating supporters. Several lawmakers toured Guantanamo Bay over the weekend, and what they found wasn't a "hellhole" by any account.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, is one of many Democrats who have called for an independent commission to investigate abuse allegations and said the facility should close. She stopped short of changing her position after the visit, but acknowledged, "What we've seen here is evidence that we've made progress."
Made progress? No, what you've seen is that all of the rhetoric you've been peddling is baseless, slanderous tripe, but you're too invested in "America is evil" to admit that you were wrong.
And lawmakers saw some of the "torture" inflicted on terrorists firsthand.
From behind one-way mirrors, lawmakers watched interrogators intensely questioning three individual terror suspects. None of the interrogators touched detainees.
In one session, interrogators questioned a man defense officials said was a Saudi national and admitted al-Qaeda member who was picked up in Afghanistan and knew nine of the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers. In another, a female interrogator took an unusual approach to wear down a detainee, reading a Harry Potter book aloud for hours. He turned his back and put his hands over his ears.
We're missing some essential facts here. Was the interrogator scantily clad? Was she cute? Because, if a scantily-clad cutie reading Harry Potter is torture, I want some. Hit me with that Gitmo treatment.
It's not just American leftists who are completely unhinged -- Australia has its own nuts.
FIRST they backed Saddam against his victims. Now our cultural elite backs terrorists against Douglas Wood, the Australian they kidnapped.
You say I exaggerate?
I reply: Andrew Jaspan.
Jaspan is editor-in-chief of The Age, Australia's most Left-wing daily newspaper, and on ABC radio on Wednesday said how "boorish" and "coarse" Wood was at his press conference this week when he called his captors "a---holes".
You might wonder whether Jaspan, the Englishman whose paper on that same day published a big picture on page one of naked girls from Big Brother, has the right to call anyone else "coarse".
But far more shocking was his apparent demand that Wood be more grateful to the men who'd snatched him, kicked him in the head, kept him blindfolded and bound for 47 days, shaved him bald, killed two of his colleagues, made him beg for his life, and -- says a fellow hostage from Sweden -- shot several other prisoners in front of him.
Let's run the tape.
Said Jaspan: "I was, I have to say, shocked by Douglas Wood's use of the a---hole word, if I can put it like that, which I just thought was coarse and very ill-thought through and I think demeans the man and is one of the reasons why people are slightly sceptical of his motives and everything else.
"The issue really is largely, speaking as I understand it, he was treated well there. He says he was fed every day, and as such to turn around and use that kind of language I think is just insensitive." The ingrate.
We need a left that is better than this, but it doesn't look like we're going to get it. When the most prominent Democrat to call Sen. Dick Durbin on his slander of American troops is Richard Daley, the mayor of Chicago, then you have no real leaders in the party. Joe Lieberman's silence was really heartbreaking -- you know that he knows better -- but what have his Democrat cohorts done to him that he wouldn't stand up?