Author: BooMan

Why I Love America

I received a good public education. It was a Cold War education. There were two things that my education succeeded in instilling in me.

First, you’ve got to be nuts to admit that you don’t believe in the Biblical God. And, second, you’ve got to be a crazed lunatic to believe in Marxist-Leninism. I believe the Cold War generations were so thoroughly indoctrinated into these two dogmas, that every politician understands and abides by the same wisdom.

George Washington could not tell a lie. Lincoln is known as ‘Honest Abe’. Santa Claus lives on 34th street. And George Bush is a resolute ‘compassionate’ conservative.

I love American myths. In fact, ironically, when I actually studied Washington and Lincoln, I gained respect for them. When I studied Martin Luther King, Jr., I gained respect for him. Even though I was quickly disabused of the saintly myths I had been taught about these historical figures, the truth was even more impressive than the lies.


David Brooks is a Sophist

Since Armando is rightfully fixated on the filibuster fight, I thought I’d take a shot at critiquing David Brooks’s latest column.

Brooksie starts out by attacking the right-wing blogosphere to establish his bona fides as a centrist voice of reason. He assures the wingnuts that, “(w)hatever might have been the cause of (Newsweek’s) mistakes, liberalism had nothing to do with it.”

Then he sets his eyes on yours truly, and all our comrades on the left:

Meanwhile, the left side of the blogosphere has erupted with fury over the possibility that American interrogators might not have flushed a Koran down the toilet. The Nation and leftish Web sites are in a frenzy to prove that the story is probably true even if Newsweek is retracting it.

This, too, is unhinged. Would it be illegal for more people on the left to actually be happy that a story slurring Americans may turn out to be unproven? Could there be a few more liberals willing to admit that prisoners routinely lie about their treatment? (Do we expect them to say their time in captivity wasn’t so bad?)


Open Thread

“This is going to be a very expensive war, and Victory is not guaranteed — for anyone, and certainly not for anyone as baffled as George W. Bush. All he knows is that his father started the war a long time ago, and that he, the goofy child-President, has been chosen by Fate and the global Oil industry to finish it Now.”
– Hunter S. Thompson, Sept. 12, 2001

More On the Newsweek Story

I’ve had time to read a lot of reaction to the article Susan and I wrote yesterday. I’ve also read plenty of right-wing reaction to the Newsweek story, more generally.

Here’s an example of the reaction I got from a reliable Democrat:

“Whether the detainees at Gitmo and elsewhere have access to soap and reading material is of little concern to me. If they flushed a Koran, or pissed on it or whatever, I do not care.”

He went on to explain that he was very concerned about issues of due process, and whether the detainees at Gitmo were truly guilty, or a threat. But I couldn’t get past the “I do not care”.


Open Thread

“We appreciate the step that Newsweek took yesterday,” White House spokesman Scott McClellan said. “It was a good first step. And what we would like to see now is for Newsweek to work to help repair the damage that has been done, particularly in the region, and Newsweek certainly has the ability to help undo what damage can be undone.”

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These Are Dark Times: Newsweek & the Koran


A BoomanTribune exclusive


By Martin
Longman (BooMan) and SusanHu (SusanHu)

Reprinted at Daily Kos and MyDD

These are dark times. Our government has engaged in acts so vile, so
inhumane, and so shameful, that we cannot allow the truth to be
published without it causing an international crisis.

When Newsweek
published an account that “interrogators, in an attempt to rattle
suspects, flushed a Qur’an down a toilet and led a detainee around with
a collar and dog leash”, they were not breaking any news.

Accounts of
this sort have been in the public square for over two years (see

The only novelty to Newsweek’s report was that a ‘senior U.S.
government official’, who was knowledgeable about Southern Command’s
investigation into Gitmo abuse, verified it. This anonymous source has
since backtracked on a very specific aspect of the story.

World Open Thread

Jesus Hubert H. Humphrey Christ, I am tired. I’ve been working all day, doing interviews, corresponding by email, making phone calls, talking to my programmer, making plans…

Susan and I are going to unveil our reaction to this Newsweek story soon. Probably in the morning…if I ever wake up.

Meanwhile, all you Tribbers around the big old goofy world, tell us what’s going on in your neck of the woods.