Bush’s torturers

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by Justin Raimondo

04/20/09

If you’re in debt and can’t pay the bills, you must cut down on expenses and save every penny — unless you’re the American government, in which case it’s spend, spend, spend! If country A attacks country B in violation of every international precedent and code of conduct, then it is called aggression — unless country A is the United States of America, in which case it’s called ‘liberation.’ If torture is plain evil, it must therefore be punished when the perpetrators become known — unless you’re an American government official, in which case you get an automatic Get Out of Jail Free card, and a federal judgeship, to boot! American exceptionalism — ain’t it grand? It’s the perfect expression of 21st-century Americanism in that it embodies the national zeitgeist of entitlement, the idea that we are a specially privileged lot, given a special mission in the world. This gives us a pass to commit acts that, when done by others, are crimes, but in our hands are magically transmuted into acts of virtue, even heroism...

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