Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Leaders and Their Deceptions

The United States has apparently painted itself into a terribly lonely corner, with even our allies wondering in shock about the reports of camps where the US (or its surrogates) routinely torture prisoners. At the same time, Osama is as free as ever and the members of the 9/11 commission warn that we have not updated our security in face of terrorism. Most compelling of all was the speech in the Senate by John McCain, who knows something about torture, arguing that it doesn't work, makes enemies, endangers our own troops who might be taken prisoner and is a violation of all human decency. The denials by Condi Rice are obviously deceptive and do not honestly answer the mounting questions. Of course, war is hell, and terrorism is a constant threat but now we have no one who really supports us and we, though very powerful, are becoming the sad monster on the planet.