Michael Totten

Seriously Misplaced Outrage

I still haven’t found anyone who explicitly supports the torture of Iraqis in Abu Ghraib prison. But some people do like to push it.
Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma, for instance. This guy isn’t exactly the conscience of America.

“I’m probably not the only one up at this table that is more outraged by the outrage than we are by the treatment,” Sen. James Inhofe said during a hearing on the Abu Ghraib prison scandal.

It takes a special kind of person, really it does, to think anger at torture is worse than torture.

“I am also outraged that we have so many humanitarian do-gooders right now crawling all over these prisons looking for human rights violations while our troops, our heroes, are fighting and dying.”

Apparently it hasn’t occurred to some people (and I’m not just talking about loony right-wing senators) that it’s possible to support our soldiers and humanitarian “do-gooders” at the same time. To me it’s perfectly consistent and perfectly normal. Last time I checked “humanitarian” wasn’t a dirty word, but human rights violations were anti-American.
(Hat tip: Grant McEntire via email.)