Saturday, December 8, 2007

Wright Predicts the Future!

Congress wants to know if the CIA broke the law by destroying video tapes of prisoner interrogations.

Angry congressional Democrats demanded Friday that the Justice Department investigate why the CIA destroyed videotapes of the interrogation of two terrorism suspects.

Oooooh, angry congressional Democrats!

I'll make a prediction here - there will be hearings. There will be rhetoric. There will be denials, excuses, and rationalizations from the White House. There will be angry patriotic statements from congressional Republicans accusing the angry Democrats of sympathy for terrorists. There will be bizarre logic, contradictory statements, and no comments from the CIA. John McCain will deplore the CIA's actions while reluctantly supporting them. Other presidential candidates will shake their little fists and growl like small dogs. Obama will blame Clinton, Clinton will blame Obama. Kucinich will, of course, blame space aliens. Senator Craig will be in the men's room. The angry congressional democrats will be distracted by shiny bits of foil and the smoke and the beating drums - and gradually become less angry.

And not one damned thing will happen. Not one.


  1. Jim, you'll have to forgive me if I don't immediately send you my millions to invest with your uncanny ability to see into the murky, uncertain future.

    It's not that I doubt your abilities - oh no! - in fact I think your prediction will come to pass in every minor detail.

    I just think handling over my loot would put me at an unfair advantage relative to the rest of the investors of the world. Yeah, that's it.

  2. You left out the three months of all the network anchors asking "Is a constitutional crisis imminent?"


  3. Well, see, Nathan, the way I understand it, is that the White House is sort of like the Pirates in The Pirates of the Caribbean where they say that the pirate law is more like 'what you call guidelines than actual law.' In other words, if the President considers the Constitution optional, then nothing is really a 'crisis.' Problem solved.

    Do I think that this, rather obvious, CIA dodge has anything to do with the Constitution? No. It's just straight forward CYA, as usual. Any attempt to call the CIA on the carpet over it will be met with a wall of 'National Security' bullshit - and nothing will happen. If, for some reason, it actually does go pear shaped, the DCI will be hung out to dry (read, retire with full pension, book deal, and lecture tour) - and nothing will happen.

  4. At least if gives something for CNN to talk about than the stupid presidential election. But like you mention, the potential voting fodder will get sucked into it too.

    I'm really glad we no longer have cable or satellite TV at the Powers homestead...

  5. Days of Future Past indeed.

    Although I initially thought that there was some fetish being served in the government by producing these tapes to begin with. Something akin to snuff films.


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