Sunday, January 09, 2005


This, to my mind, is the crux of the matter: when you give somebody who is closely associated with a controversial policy a promotion, you're signaling your endorsement of that policy. Hence, when Bush nominated Gonzalez for Attorney General, he sent a message to the world that torture was okay by him, whatever pious phrases he or Gonzalez may utter. And if the Senate confirms Gonzalez, it will be ratifying this message.

This post was inspired in part by this excellent New York Times op-ed by Mark Danner (registration required; via Hellblazer); see also this post from The Poor Man (via Brad deLong).

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