#2: Banana Republicans
At least the GOP’s talking points machine is still running full steam ahead. Check out this parade of hapless torture apology from the past seven days:
“Well, we shouldn’t criminalize legal advice … It makes us look … like a banana republic, where each succeeding administration looks backwards.” — Radio host Bill Cunningham, April 21
“What the Obama administration has done in the last several days is very dangerous. What they’ve essentially said is, if we have policy disagreements with our predecessors, what we’re going to do is we’re going to turn ourselves into the moral equivalent of a Latin American country run by colonels in mirrored sunglasses, and what we’re gonna do is prosecute systematically the previous administration or threaten prosecutions against the previous administration based on policy differences.” — Karl Rove, April 21
“All I hear is a bunch of mealy-mouthed complaining about how this prosecution threat is unprecedented and we don’t need to investigate past administrations like they do in, you know, these Third World, you know, dictatorships, which by the way, is a great point.” — Sean Hannity, April 22
“If there is evidence of criminality, then the Attorney General has the full authority and should prosecute it. But going after the prior administration sounds like something they do in Latin America in banana republics.” — Sen. Arlen Specter, April 22
“In banana republics, this week’s president for life takes over, and he decides that all the fellows that supported last week’s president for life are now criminals, and he prosecutes them. And that’s what — that’s what the Obama administration has done.” — Radio host Mark Steyn, April 23
“Your principles as the president of the United States needs to be, we don’t make ourselves into a banana republic.” — Glenn Beck, April 23
“This whole thing about punishing people in past administrations reminds me more of a banana republic than the United States of America.” — Sen. Kit Bond, April 23
“It adds fuel to the fire for demands for criminalizing the legal advice that the president was given. We set that kind of precedent, we’re no better than a banana republic.” — Sen. John McCain, April 24
So let me get this straight… if we torture prisoners, we’re living in a shining city on a hill.
But if we investigate and prosecute those responsible for torture, we’re living in a banana republic.
No wonder people have stopped taking Republicans seriously.
One of the best Top Ten Ever. #1, ‘The Party Of Torture’, is well worth a read.