Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Inerrant boy and the problem of evil: That's my story, and I'm sticking to it 

Yes, the White House press room has indeed devolved into a Theatre of the Absurd:

Q Thank you, sir. Mr. President, recently, Amnesty International said you have established "a new gulag" of prisons around the world, beyond the reach of the law and decency. I'd like your reaction to that, and also your assessment of how it came to this, that that is a view not just held by extremists and anti-Americans, but by groups that have allied themselves with the United States government in the past -- and what the strategic impact is that in many places of the world, the United States these days, under your leadership, is no longer seen as the good guy.

[BUSH]: I'm aware of the Amnesty International report, and it's absurd. It's an absurd allegation. The United States is a country that is -- promotes freedom around the world. When there's accusations made about certain actions by our people, they're fully investigated in a transparent way. It's just an absurd allegation.

In terms of the detainees, we've had thousands of people detained. We've investigated every single complaint against the detainees. It seemed like to me they based some of their decisions on the word of -- and the allegations -- by people who were held in detention, people who hate America, people that had been trained in some instances to disassemble -- that means not tell the truth. And so it was an absurd report. It just is. And, you know -- yes, sir.
(via Whited Sepulchre House transcript)

"Disassemble," as in take apart, destroy, rip to pieces.... Is that a Freudian slip, or what?

Kinda like "disassembling" a frog, isn't it?

UPDATE From the Department of Say It Once, Why Say It Again?:

It really is not a coincidence that the boy who blew up frogs with firecrakers is the man who mocks those he has the power to execute and the man who authorizes policies of torture.

See back here to The Problem of Evil (2005-02)—for which the political (as opposed to the religious, ethical, or tribal) solution is checks and balances, as the Framers knew.

UPDATE Alert reader kelley b notes:

[KELLEY B] Bu$hie not only wears the Freudian slip, but the Freudian dress and pumps, too.


[KELLEY B] Thanks, you're a great audience. I just flew in from...

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