the "letter" of andrew c. mccarthy to eric holder: deconstruction time...
i was curious to find out about the background of andrew c. mccarthy, author of the, umm, 'impassioned' letter written to attorney general eric holder circulating on the internet today. i wasn't disappointed either.
first, this letter was a declination to take part in the 'President’s Task Force on Detention Policy' discussion about what to do with the prisoners at gitmo. holder should have just sent out an R.S.V.P. card with two boxes, 'yes, i am attending', or 'no, i am attending', instead of inviting this far-right lunatic mccarthy(where have i heard that description before?) to grandstand(just who leaked it to the press, anyway?).
he did so with inflammatory words mentioning situations barely germane, or wholly irrelevant, to the task at hand--it's kind of funny too, as he can't conceal his contempt for either holder or obama, and it's laced with sarcasm--this is how he addresses the attorney general of the united states?
his first bit of sarcasm is drawing the distinction between the old vs. new description of the prisoners(both are retarded IMO):
<...alien enemy combatants—or what the Department now calls “individuals captured or apprehended in connection with armed conflicts and counterterrorism operations.”>
later in the same paragraph, he implies dangerous prisoners will be let off scot-free when they close down gitmo(notice the use of the provocative word, 'provocative'):
<...it is quite clear—most recently, from your provocative remarks on Wednesday in Germany—that the Obama administration has already settled on a policy of releasing trained jihadists (including releasing some of them into the United States).>
next paragraph, in total:
<Moreover, in light of public statements by both you and the President, it is dismayingly clear that, under your leadership, the Justice Department takes the position that a lawyer who in good faith offers legal advice to government policy makers—like the government lawyers who offered good faith advice on interrogation policy—may be subject to investigation and prosecution for the content of that advice, in addition to empty but professionally damaging accusations of ethical misconduct. Given that stance, any prudent lawyer would have to hesitate before offering advice to the government.>
OK, got to get a mention in about torture policy!...'dismayingly clear'?
check out this brief, but loaded paragraph, especially the start of it:
<Given your policy of conducting ruinous criminal and ethics investigations of lawyers over the advice they offer the government, and your specific position that the wartime detention I would endorse is tantamount to a violation of law, it makes little sense for me to attend the Task Force meeting. After all, my choice would be to remain silent or risk jeopardizing myself.>
such sanctimony!...and as the last sentence indicates, it's all about him!
this is a real gem:
<...defensive war authorized by Congress after nearly 3000 of our fellow Americans were annihilated.>
...justifying the aggressive war in iraq as 'defensive', pointing out congress's authorization(so it couldn't be bush's fault!), and the mention of 9/11, and the victims' "annihilation"(should have seen that coming--did bush write this?).
a few more gems:
<The Obama campaign smeared Guantanamo Bay as a human rights blight. Consistent with that hyperbolic rhetoric...>
...which 'hyperbolic rhetoric' do you mean?--his, or yours?
<Under federal immigration law (the 2005 REAL ID Act), those facts render them excludable from the United States.>
...what would a far-right screed be without a mention of illegal immigration?
<I am, in addition, powerless to stop the President, as he takes these reckless steps, from touting his Detention Policy Task Force as a demonstration of his national security seriousness. But I can decline to participate in the charade.>
...charade? OK, that's fair enough. but why all the drivel?
...he concludes by saying:
<Thus, my conservative political views aside, I’ve made myself available to liberal and conservative groups, to Democrats and Republicans, who’ve thought tapping my experience would be beneficial. It pains me to decline your invitation, but the attendant circumstances leave no other option.>
...HUH?! i mean, what 'character and integrity'!
this ranting, apoplectic letter from a political hack is nothing more than a full-blown, right-wing drama queen hissy fit, that makes one ask, 'tell me how you REALLY feel, andrew!?!'. and if you need any more evidence of how he feels towards obama, here's an all-to-telling quote from mccarthy just before the election:
"I believe that the issue of Obama's personal radicalism, including his collaboration with radical, America-hating Leftists, should have been disqualifying."