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Saturday, April 14, 2007

Collective Alzheimers


If theres a bustle in your hedgerow

Don't be alarmed now,

Its just a spring clean for the may queen

And it makes me wonder

Stairway to Heaven, Led Zeppelin

The Republicans in Washington seem to be suffering from a case of collective early-onset Alzheimers. Forgetfulness is the order of the day. Is there a doctor in the House? Where's Sen. Dr. Frist when you need him? Perhaps he could minister to this collective amnesia.

First, the Defense Intelligence Agency lost a video of the last interrogation session of Jose Padilla, then a declared “enemy combatant” under an order from President Bush, while he was being held in military custody at a U.S. Navy brig in Charleston, S.C. (
The Case of the Missing Movie, MSNBC.)

The disclosure that the Pentagon had lost a potentially important piece of evidence in one of the U.S. government’s highest-profile terrorism cases was met with claims of incredulity... “This is the kind of thing you hear when you’re litigating cases in Egypt or Morocco or Karachi,” said John Sifton, a lawyer with Human Rights Watch, one of a number of groups that has criticized the U.S. government’s treatment of Padilla. “It is simply not credible that they would have lost this tape. The administration has shown repeatedly they are more interested in covering up abuses than getting to the bottom of whether people were abused.”

Now the missing emails--government business conducted on Republican party accounts in the hopes of evading exposure.

Today we have the
Jan. 9, 2006, e-mail message, written by D. Kyle Sampson, who resigned last month as chief of staff to Mr. Gonzales, which ''identified five Bush administration officials, most of them Justice Department employees, whose names were sent to the White House for consideration as possible replacements for prosecutors slated for dismissal.'' This was almost a year before the justices' dismissal in December 2006. The department has repeatedly stated that no successors were selected before the dismissals. In the vernacular--busted.

Could it be sick building syndrome? Perhaps some nefarious mold or mildew in the duct work what's making them fuzzy headed? Maybe the cleanup crew from Walter Reed can offer a pointer or two on how to drive out the rats. Of course, we wouldn't want to empty the chambers.

In the Rangers, we still learn the orders of the original Rogers' Rule for Rangers (1757). One of the cardinal commands is, ''Don't forget nothing.'' I guess the politicoes have a different rulebook, with a corollary: unless it benefits you to do so.


Blogger Lurch said...

It's hubris. Arrogance. Carelessness. Overconfidence. It's something that is caused by getting your education at a law school that is, to be charitable, fourth-tier, and where there was only one book to study from to get your degree.

And, anyway, that plan worked before, right?

Here's another Rogers' rule they forgot:

If you have the good fortune to take any prisoners, keep them separate, till they are examined, and in your return take a different route from that in which you went out, that you may the better discover any party in your rear, and have an opportunity, if their strength be superior to yours, to alter your course, or disperse, as circumstances may require.

Which we of course today translate to: Don't do it the same way every time. Practice doesn't make you perfect, it makes you dead.

Sunday, April 15, 2007 at 1:55:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...


Right. Did you catch Krugman's piece the other day, ''For God's Sake?'' A great discussion of how this administration is packing its ranks with unwqualified fundamentalist lackeys, including Gonazales's minion. A disturbing must-read.

Jim's back in a few days, and I know he'll want to comment,


Sunday, April 15, 2007 at 10:26:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Lurch said...

I caught it, and wrote about it, kinda, sorta.

Did Jim win?

Sunday, April 15, 2007 at 1:40:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...


Thank you, I shall have to check this out.

The short answer to the query: no.

Sunday, April 15, 2007 at 3:50:00 PM GMT-5  

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