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May 18, 2005

Andrew Sullivan Is A Silly Bitch

There, I said it. It's what everyone's thinking.

Nick Kronos reminds me of this typically unhinged bit of hysteria from everyone's favorite Shrieking Violet:

A simple question: after U.S. interrogators have tortured over two dozen detainees to death, after they have wrapped one in an Israeli flag,

Horrors.

after they have smeared naked detainees with fake menstrual blood,

Fake menstrual blood, you say? Surely we have ceased to be a Republic.

after they have told one detainee to "Fuck Allah,"

Gob-smackingly vile. they told a religious-fanatic mass-murderer to "Fuck Allah"? The beasts! The swine! This is worse than the Nazis!

after they have ordered detainees to pray to Allah in order to kick them from behind in the head,

I'm outraged. And Lord knows I'm not the easiest person to offend.

is it completely beyond credibility that they would also have desecrated the Koran?

No, it's not.

I think they probably did it.

And here's the funny thing: I don't give a shit, Sullivan.

And I will continue not giving a shit no matter how shrilly you cry out. I don't give a wet shit about how many "Eeek! A mouse!" conniptions you go into over this.

You mistake your rather florid emotional outbursts for persuasive discourse.

It's not persuasive. It's just sad. And it begins to make me suspect you are actually a somewhat unbalanced person.

What I find most offensive about the Al-Newsweek story is that this is such a fucking nothing of a story, having nothing to do with "torture" or anything even close to it, and yet would harm America's security's interests if disclosed, and still these rotten bastards felt they had to get this "important" story out there anyway, sourced or unsourced.

Let us conclude:

Yes, Newsweek bears complete responsibility for any errors it has made; and, depending on what we now find, should not be let off the hook. But the outrage from the White House is beyond belief. It seems to me particularly worrying if this incident further intimidates the press from seeking the truth about what the government is doing in the war on terror. It is not being "basically, on the side of the enemy," as Glenn Reynolds calls it, to resist the notion of government-sanctioned torture and to report on it.

Read the above. Does any of that sound like "torture" to you? In only one case is there actually a mention of beating (the kicking). Everything else is psychological pressure.

What the fuck does this little screaming-ninny pussy think we're fucking doing here?

Now, I grant you, some terrorists died in captivity.

And I can't tell you how much that saddens me.

Well, I could tell you. But I'd be lying.

Godzilla v. Megalon Update: Apparently Instapundit punched up Excitable Andy over this conflation of mere psychological pressure into torture.

Sullivan apparently whined for a retraction, to which Godzilla responded:

He asks me to correct the record; I wish instead that he would try writing on this subject with the clarity and seriousness that he has shown himself capable of in the past. All evidence suggests, however, that I am likely to be disappointed.

Oh, dear, Andy. Sometimes it must be so gob-smackingly vile to be the only person in the entire world who understands you, yes-yes?


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