So, first, I watched the Today Show while eating breakfast, and Jimmy Carter was on. The utter disrespect that Matt Lauer showed him is not even going to be described here, but Carter shot it straight. He said that if Bush wants to save his presidency, telling the truth would be a good start. Carter also has a book out, and surprisingly, the word values is in the title. He feels that over the last few years, there has been a crisis of values in our country, pinpointed by the torture that is going on in prisons around the world. No, not where Americans are being held, but where Americans are doing the torturing.
Then, listening to NPR on my way to work, a story about Guantanamo. Donald Rumsfeld has allowed the UN to go down there to see what is happening. But he pointed out that they will not have the same rights as the International Red Cross. You know, they won't be able to actually TALK TO THE INMATES! They will be taken on a tour, shown the kitchen, they'll talk to officials. Give. Me. A. Break. All you have to do is watch movies to know that a tour of a place can reveal absolutely nothing. There is the question of why such a stipulation would be put in place. Moreover, there is now the question of how exactly we are different from Iraq in the past, Iran, Syria, or North Korea. When we wanted to take a look at their nuclear projects, they said, "Um, no, thanks, we're fine here" And now we're doing the same damned thing.
Finally, there was a story about Harry Reid and his calling of a closed session yesterday. Bill Frist came on and was all pissed off that he had been ambushed. Ambushed?? Then he said, "You know, it's going to be hard to trust Senator Reid now, but i'll try." Oh my GOD. Aren't you under investigation for shady dealings, my friend? Wasn't there a committee set up to explore the causes of the Iraq war EIGHTEEN MONTHS ago? Oh yes, but they have done a bang-up job, haven't they? But you can't trust Harry Reid because he kicked the reporters out. Boy, you really are abused.