Monday, March 15, 2010

Waterboarding, Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!

"Getting replaced by Katie Couric -- now that's torture! Har har har!"

Bob Schieffer, a veteran newsman and currently chief Washington correspondent for CBS, made a strange joke in his Monday morning summary of health reform's status in Congress:

Speaker Pelosi and Robert Gibbs, David Axelrod from the White House are all saying by the end of the week they will have the votes. I think that's going to be a tall fence to climb because they are really going to have to twist some arms. It may take them more than arm twisting with some of the Democrats who voted against this the first time around — it may take waterboarding or something of that nature — but they seem confident that they can do that.

I doubt this joke about the United States' admitted practice of torture is going to raise eyebrows. That alone raises mine: one of our mainstream news reporters can openly joke in a national news report about our international shame while reporting on a domestic story, and it is not even remarkable.

We already have seen former administration officials openly admit to war crimes without fear of being prosecuted in the United States. They'll even boast of it while promoting sales of their memoirs.

So there is likely little reason to feel surprised, exactly, that we can now reflexively joke about our participation in war crimes. (Like Joe Lieberman did here. Ha ha ha ha ha ha!)

But it turns my stomach a bit. Maybe it's just too soon. Or maybe I should drop my notions of honor and join in the fun.

1 comment:

quid said...

Good god. Is there no decency left in this world?