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Jon Stewart Fails

January 13, 2010

to toe the accepted liberal line and now there is consternation

There is an unexpected silence in the liberal blogosphere after last night’s highly anticipated Daily Show episode, in which Jon Stewart hosted John Yoo, the author of many of the Bush administration’s torture memos and one of the people most responsible for giving legal sanction to the practice of torture. That’s probably because Stewart found himself completely outmatched by a charming, tactful Yoo who seemed far better prepared to defend granting virtually unlimited powers to the executive branch than ever before. Put simply, Stewart failed to make Yoo look like he had done anything wrong. In fact, he made him look entirely reasonable.

Let me throw this out there for consideration. Maybe Yoo is telling the truth and that is why he is faring so well in interviews, the results have been the same in every Yoo interview I have seen. It is possible that he acted in good faith and others went beyond what he intended.



Ah, this explains everything – Biden is Highly Involved in Administration Policy-Making . Maybe we need to give him an effective presidents papers so he can copy from them. (that’s right I said it)

A Conservative Lesbian turns 1

Bring the Heat Bring the Stupid loads heat on Julie Benz

At least somebody still believes that the Iraq invasion was the right thing to do –

Tony Blair’s ex-spokesman Alastair Campbell has said he “defends every single word” of the 2002 dossier on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction.

Mr Campbell told the UK’s Iraq war inquiry the dossier could have been “clearer” but did not “misrepresent” the threat from Saddam’s weapons.

He said the UK should be “proud” of its role “in changing Iraq from what it was to what it is now becoming”.


Allahpundit doesn’t seem too impressed with Sarah Palins appearance on the O’Reilly Factor. I didn’t see it so I can’t really say.

Little Miss Attila
and Moe Lane are calling Massachusetts for Brown. At some point the White House has to look at things like this and possibly consider the fact that people aren’t happy with the direction things are going.

Legal Insurrection has more

The Democratic primary may have produced the single worst possible candidate for a hotly contested statewide election in this environment.

Coakley slept through December, has an arrogant attitude of entitlement which must put off voters, is mired in the past with her Bush-Cheney Derangement Syndrome, and doesn’t seem to understand that the voters are pissed off at the political establishment of which she is a part. The optics of Coakley going to D.C. tonight for a lobbyist fundraiser are horrible.

Scott Brown is a great campaigner. Martha Coakley is a horrible campaigner. The stars may be in alignment.

So does The Other McCain

9 Comments leave one →
  1. genes permalink
    January 13, 2010 7:34 pm
    Today they’re showing clips of Sarah.

  2. majorscarlet permalink
    January 14, 2010 7:02 am

    adam sewer seems to be playing fast and loose with the facts. the link he provided saying that the CIA misjudged this guys AQ status is based on a quote from the guy himself. LOL. that’s silly. the article represents the terrorist’s statements as fact that the CIA misjudge him. i guess they think we really are that stupid.

    • jenn1964 permalink*
      January 14, 2010 7:23 am

      They do because they are 🙂

  3. xbradtc permalink
    January 14, 2010 10:38 am

    It is possible that he acted in good faith and others went beyond what he intended.

    Or, it is possible that Yoo provided a fine interpretation of what the law actually says, and the interrogators followed those instructions very, very precisely.

    No one was tortured. Hell, there were far greater safeguards in place for terrorists than if you or I was in an interrogation room at the Chicago PD.

    • jenn1964 permalink*
      January 14, 2010 4:27 pm

      I read the CIA Inspector General Report when it was released and they do document a number of cases where interrogators exceeded the guidelines established. In that case I think that my statement is accurate. I don’t necessarily agree that such excesses really amount to torture but that’s a different matter.

  4. January 16, 2010 4:37 am

    I’m late here but I must say that the people who were “tortured” had no rights. As illegal combatants they had only the right to a drumhead court martial and either a sturdy rope or a nice thick wall and a last cigarette before a sudden loud noise and an officer to come out with a mercy shot with a pistol. That’s how it’s been for over a hundred years.


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