Ed Driscoll

When The Going Gets Weird, The Weird Turn Pro

Andrew Sullivan, yesterday:

Bush and Cheney were, in fact, more brutal in their “enhanced interrogation” than the Gestapo was. And note that I am not engaging in the slightest hyperbole here.

The late Hunter S. Thompson in 2004:

The long-dreaded 2004 Olympics in Greece will be the ultimate crossroads for sports and politics in this new and vicious century. The recent photos of cruelty at the Abu Grahaib all-american prison in Baghdad have taken care of that.

Yes, sir. We have taken the bull by the horns on this one, sports fans. These horrifying digital snapshots of the American dream in action on foreign soil are worse than anything even I could have expected. I have been in this business a long time and I have seen many staggering things, but this one is over the line. Now I am really ashamed to carry an American passport. Not even the foulest atrocities of Adolf Hitler ever shocked me so badly as these photographs did.

Of course back in 2007, Sullivan was calling Bush “The Weimar President”–somehow his administration morphed a decade in less than two years.

Meanwhile, Noah Pollack writes:

Andrew Sullivan flags an aside from my last post in which I refer to the American Conservative as being un-American and un-conservative. I wonder if Andrew feels a similar incredulity at the headline of Pat Buchanan’s latest column: “UnAmerican Activities: The Israeli Lobby’s Assassination Of Chas Freeman.”

Or this infamous cover.