Thursday, April 23, 2009

You WANT me on that wall...You NEED me on that wall

(I will use whatever oppoturnity I can to quote from the following three movies: A Few Good Men, Goodfellas, and Tombstone. That is all.)

Attorney General Eric Holder looks like he's got his finger on the trigger of prosecuting past Office of Legal Counsel attorneys that helped draft the "Torture Memos." Obama keeps licking his finger and holding it out into the winds of public opinion to see which way things are swaying, but I'll put my money on at least a disbarment of one of these attorneys (who now all work as professors at Harvard & Yale law schools).

This concerns me on a few different levels. First, these people were doing their job. We may not like their conclusions and we may think they did a crappy job, but no one went to work thinking "If only I can find a way to authorize torture...a man can only dream." Legal memos are written in the same way military strategems are. You write what you COULD do in a given situation. Most memos are never used. The reason you have them is so you can act quickly to seek a particular legal remedy without having to do the research from scratch.

Second, the criminal prosecution of past administrations works very well in third world countries, but I don't think we need to join in on this practice.

Third, it would set a bad precedent that would diminish government transparency. The last days of any administration would cover the streets of DC with a cloud of file burning smoke so thick that we'll have to close the schools.

Fourth, Dems knew what was happening.

Fifth, and in reference to the title:
Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Whose gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom.... You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Santiago's death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And that my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. ...
I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to.

1 comment:

  1. The second I read that title I knew what you were going to say. All true.

    You forgot one movie. (and for me, no goodfellas)