Digby's Hullabaloo
2801 Ocean Park Blvd.
Box 157
Santa Monica, Ca 90405

Facebook: Digby Parton

@BloggersRUs (Tom Sullivan)

thedigbyblog at gmail
satniteflix at gmail
publius.gaius at gmail
tpostsully at gmail
Spockosbrain at gmail
Richardein at me.com


Mother Jones
Raw Story
Huffington Post
Crooks and Liars
American Prospect
New Republic

Denofcinema.com: Saturday Night at the Movies by Dennis Hartley review archive

January 2003 February 2003 March 2003 April 2003 May 2003 June 2003 July 2003 August 2003 September 2003 October 2003 November 2003 December 2003 January 2004 February 2004 March 2004 April 2004 May 2004 June 2004 July 2004 August 2004 September 2004 October 2004 November 2004 December 2004 January 2005 February 2005 March 2005 April 2005 May 2005 June 2005 July 2005 August 2005 September 2005 October 2005 November 2005 December 2005 January 2006 February 2006 March 2006 April 2006 May 2006 June 2006 July 2006 August 2006 September 2006 October 2006 November 2006 December 2006 January 2007 February 2007 March 2007 April 2007 May 2007 June 2007 July 2007 August 2007 September 2007 October 2007 November 2007 December 2007 January 2008 February 2008 March 2008 April 2008 May 2008 June 2008 July 2008 August 2008 September 2008 October 2008 November 2008 December 2008 January 2009 February 2009 March 2009 April 2009 May 2009 June 2009 July 2009 August 2009 September 2009 October 2009 November 2009 December 2009 January 2010 February 2010 March 2010 April 2010 May 2010 June 2010 July 2010 August 2010 September 2010 October 2010 November 2010 December 2010 January 2011 February 2011 March 2011 April 2011 May 2011 June 2011 July 2011 August 2011 September 2011 October 2011 November 2011 December 2011 January 2012 February 2012 March 2012 April 2012 May 2012 June 2012 July 2012 August 2012 September 2012 October 2012 November 2012 December 2012 January 2013 February 2013 March 2013 April 2013 May 2013 June 2013 July 2013 August 2013 September 2013 October 2013 November 2013 December 2013 January 2014 February 2014 March 2014 April 2014 May 2014 June 2014 July 2014 August 2014 September 2014 October 2014 November 2014 December 2014 January 2015 February 2015 March 2015 April 2015 May 2015 June 2015 July 2015 August 2015 September 2015 October 2015 November 2015 December 2015 January 2016 February 2016 March 2016 April 2016 May 2016 June 2016 July 2016 August 2016 September 2016 October 2016 November 2016 December 2016 January 2017 February 2017 March 2017 April 2017 May 2017 June 2017 July 2017 August 2017 September 2017 October 2017 November 2017 December 2017 January 2018 February 2018 March 2018 April 2018 May 2018 June 2018 July 2018 August 2018 September 2018 October 2018 November 2018 December 2018 January 2019


This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?


Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Trophy Wife

by digby

That's what these guys thought too:

According to the AP, the photos, from the print edition of the magazine, show Corporal Jeremy Morlock from Wasilla, Alaska, grinning as he lifts the head of a corpse by the hair. The images are just a handful from a collection of 4,000 images and videos.
There are reasons why releasing the photos might be the right thing to do (the principle of government transparency being the most obvious.) But doing it so that we can demonstrate that we have the biggest swinging dicks on the planet is not one of them. In fact, US soldiers from her own small home town are serving jail terms for doing just that.

Pictures of corpses me sick so I don't want to look at it. And I would imagine they would be incendiary in some parts of the world. In fact, my preference would have been that if they were determined to assassinate bin Laden (as opposed to bringing him to trial) that they do it secretly and eschew the big victory lap altogether. I realize it's cathartic for a lot of people, and there are probably good reasons I haven't considered to think that announcing his death might change the dynamic in some substantial way. But in the end I have to think that what matters for American national security is that he's no longer able to conduct his evil business, not that everyone knows the mighty USA killed him. (I also recognize that it's ridiculous to think that could ever happen --- what good is "winning" if no one sees you doing it, right?)

There's a lot to question about this operation from the Pakistan involvement to the ridiculous story told by John Brennan yesterday, but as I've written before, I see no reason to doubt that they really killed him. There's just too much risk in making that claim without knowing absolutely that it's true. So I don't really care much about whether these pictures are released. I'm a little bit concerned about human civilization, however.

Palin represents the violent porn fetishists of our species and there are a lot of them. If you watched her breathless, over-stimulated reaction to killing the caribou or as she and her daughter giggled while they clubbed a halibut on her reality show, you saw the by the look on her face right there that she is one of those people. (Real Alaskan hunters are generally respectful and calm.) She probably would have enjoyed watching the Romans torture Jesus and would have easily been one of those people excitedly screaming "hang him!" at public executions. Humans did that for millenia. I think many of us had believed that in this day that sort of thing was only considered acceptable among people like ... the Taliban. Now I'm not so sure.

Update: Note: I'm not saying that I believe in secret assassinations. I'm not a big fan of assassinations, period. But running around taking credit for assassinations strikes me as a gratuitous thing for big imperial powers to be doing for any number of practical reasons as well as principled ones. In a perfect world he would have gone to trial. We don't live in a perfect world. Obviously.

Update II:
I'm closing comments for a while to go worship at the alter of my Lord Obama who I'm unable to see is worse than bin Laden and whom I am obligated to bash in every post regardless of the topic. I'll be back later. Meanwhile, I'm assuming I'm going to get nominated for another one of Andrew Sullivan's "intemperate liberal" awards for saying Palin would have enjoyed watching the Romans torture Jesus. But hey, plenty of people did. (Tons of them enjoyed watching that violent porno movie "The Passion" just a couple of years ago.) The Romans were "sending a message" too --- that's why they did the whole crucifixion thing in the first place.