The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

11 May 2004

Inhofe weighs in, flabbily

Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), at the Senate hearing on the events at and around Abu Ghraib:

I'm probably not the only one up here that is more outraged at the outrage than we are by the treatment. These prisoners, you know they're not there for traffic violations. If they're in cellblock 1-A or 1-B, these prisoners, they're murderers, they're terrorists, they're insurgents. Many of them probably have American blood on their hands and here we're so concerned about the treatment of those individuals.

That's so like you, Jim. Considering there's a good chance they were arrested in error — Coalition MI types estimate 70 to 90 percent were — we have even less excuse to treat them badly.

A reader, citing the Inhofe quote, writes in:

[C]onsidering what you've said about the issue being overhyped, i certainly hope you won't associate yourself [with] Inhofe's stupidity.

I try not to. I have enough trouble associating myself with my own.

I have no doubt that some horrible things are going to happen as this war continues. That's the nature of war, after all. It's part of Jim Inhofe's job to keep an eye on these things. If he's not interested in doing his job — and judging by the querulous quote above, he seems offended by the whole idea — he can, and should, be replaced.

Posted at 12:00 PM to Political Science Fiction


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It's also the nature of people - to behave badly.

hln

Posted by: hln at 12:49 PM on 11 May 2004

Otherwise, why have a war? :)

Posted by: CGHill at 1:30 PM on 11 May 2004

agreed, but it is NEVER ok to treat prisoners that way - using the rationale of "well, we're not as bad as Saddam" like Inhofe will ruin the slim chances we have of succeeding in Iraq -- not criticisms of GWB administration policies. The disturbing thing is that Inhofe's statement was actually prepared. these comments weren't off the cuff.

Posted by: Josiah at 1:42 PM on 11 May 2004

Like I said: "even less excuse." Doesn't necessarily imply we have much of one to begin with. I'm fairly bloodthirsty by nature, but I also have a high regard for playing by the rules.

And if you've ever heard Inhofe off the cuff, you know why he has these things written up in advance.

Posted by: CGHill at 2:20 PM on 11 May 2004

True enough, it is never ok to treat prisoners this way. Inhofe danced around the actual outrage.
This bullshorts, politicized whining by those who feel that humiliation of a prisoner is somehow morally equivalent to say what happened to those Americans {bodies being burned, dismembered, and hung up on display like some mussolini-esque drama} Where the hell is outrage about that Hmmm?
Will the leftturds demand an "investigation" about that chap's beheading? They'll probably blame Bush, Halliburton, or the Christian Right for inflaming our loving Islamic "brothers"..

Posted by: Paulsmos at 10:51 AM on 12 May 2004

There's that phrase again...

Posted by: bruce at 12:59 PM on 12 May 2004

You know, if Halliburton could do a quarter of the things of which it's routinely accused, it would rule the world and every city would have a statue of Dick Cheney downtown.

Posted by: CGHill at 6:24 PM on 12 May 2004

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Posted by: ian at 10:00 PM on 12 May 2004

Geez, Ian, I oughta send you a bill for that sneaky ad.

Posted by: CGHill at 8:10 AM on 13 May 2004