Mainstream

The recognition that the Bush administration, especially Cheney and Rumsfeld, authorized and directed the torture of prisoners is now taken for granted by Newsweek. What's that say about the state of the nation? In the linked article, it wasn't so much the information -- which has been widely known for a long time -- but the tone that struck me. I don't think they should hang, but not because they don't deserve it -- because we'd be better off being merciful. Of course, we'll be lucky, as a country, if we get a public apology. More likely, Bush will give everyone, including himself,  a pardon & we'll be told that it's better for the nation of we just let bygones be bygones.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

1 thought on “Mainstream”

  1. IM READY & YR NOT
    Sometimes
    people
    just have to move on
    because
    it may be
    they need
    to reframe
    their histories from
    a perspective
    they
    weren’t locked
    in-
    to
    repair
    restore
    renew
    revive
    re-
    no-
    vate.

    Edward Mycue 21 December 2008

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