A View From The Handbasket

Friday, July 21, 2006
Dartboard morality
Posted by neros_fiddle at 5:54 PM


In today's Washington Post, we learn about the President's view of Israel reducing Beirut to rubble:

One former senior administration official said Bush is only emboldened by the pressure from U.N. officials and European leaders to lead a call for a cease-fire. U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan demanded yesterday that the fighting in Lebanon stop.

"He thinks he is playing in a longer-term game than the tacticians," said the former official, who spoke anonymously so he could discuss his views candidly. "The tacticians would say: 'Get an immediate cease-fire. Deal first with the humanitarian factors.' The president would say: 'You have an opportunity to really grind down Hezbollah. Let's take it, even if there are other serious consequences that will have to be managed.' "


Earlier in the week, Tony Snow expounded on Bush's first-ever veto, rejecting federal funding for stem-cell research:

What the President has said is that he doesn't want human life destroyed. Now, you may consider that insignificant, but the President has said -- and you have had in a number of cases the Snowflake babies, where some of those fetuses have, in fact, been brought to term and have become human beings. The President believes strongly that for the purpose of research it's inappropriate for the federal government to finance something that many people consider murder; he's one of them.


So:

Slaughtering innocent civilians as a "let's see what happens" foreign policy exercise = "consequences that will have to be managed".

Using a glob of cells -- that was already slated to be tossed in the dumpster after fertility treatments -- for potentially revolutionary research that could rid millions of debilitating and deadly illness = "murder".

Which only leaves us wondering where to file this:

In the weeks before the execution, Bush says, a number of protesters came to Austin to demand clemency for Karla Faye Tucker. "Did you meet with any of them?" I ask. Bush whips around and stares at me. "No, I didn't meet with any of them," he snaps, as though I've just asked the dumbest, most offensive question ever posed. "I didn't meet with Larry King either when he came down for it. I watched his interview with Tucker, though. He asked her real difficult questions like, 'What would you say to Governor Bush?'" "What was her answer?" I wonder. "'Please,'" Bush whimpers, his lips pursed in mock desperation, "'don't kill me.'" I must look shocked — ridiculing the pleas of a condemned prisoner who has since been executed seems odd and cruel — because he immediately stops smirking.


I've been told that Bush was re-elected because of his "moral values." If that's the case, the American people are a bunch of sickos.

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