You know, I hate it when people treat me as if I'm stupid.
I don't know what pisses me off more - the fact that my government is run by lying idiots, or the fact that the lying idiots running my government think that I am such an gullible idiot that I'll believe any idiotic nonsense they say.
The Bush Administration wants both a federal court and Congress to back-off from investigation into the CIA destruction of interrogation video tapes. No kidding, you think?
Yes, I've blogged about the destruction of the video tapes before, twice. And yes, I'll probably do it again. And yes, the White House's response to Judicial and Congressional inquiry was predictable. And it still pisses me off. It pisses me off because the President's public position, which is a perfect example of everything wrong with this administration, is based on the following arrogant assumption: Americans are stupid, I can do anything I want and get away with it.
This President truly believes that he can spout obvious, self-serving nonsense - nonsense that should be immediately apparent as nonsense to anyone with at least the reasoning power of a ten year old - and Americans will believe it. He actually gets mad when people have the nerve to question him on it.
Take this bit from CIA Inspector General John Helgerson and assistant Attorney General Kenneth Wainstein to the House Select Committee on Intelligence (from a letter sent on behest of the White House): "We cannot estimate how long this process will take or where it will lead, but pledge to advise you as soon as we conclude that our efforts are no longer at risk or that these requests can be fulfilled without jeopardizing our inquiry." Oh, please. Show of hands, how many of you think that either the US Attorney General (read White House) or the CIA itself is best suited to investigate the CIA? What? Nobody? You don't think they'll be impartial? Really?
Yeah, me neither.