Anderson Cooper had legal analyst Jeff Toobin, former Bush II
administration honcho Ari Fleischer and two pretty/petty
correspondents on his May 3rd show. Beaucoup heated
interruptions, mostly by the women, spoiled ease of
understanding. Col. Morris Davis, (who resigned his post at
Guantanamo) participating remotely, made the most sense.
About Guantanamo (full disclosure, I am half-Cuban): it must
be closed as it is unproductive, inhumane, gives aid and comfort
to our enemies' talking points, to say nothing about their actions.
We say we are interested/committed to humane
principles/actions, but facts don't always confirm such
(2) There was the usual automatic use of the word "Democracy"
in connection to our much-vaunted, perfect society. The USA is
officially a Republic, check the Pledge of Allegiance. There are
not, never have been, any democracies: Ancient Greece, which
created the concept, had slaves, including their pedagogues
(professors). India is often touted as the world's largest
Democracy (by way of pop. numbers), but they not only have a
class system, but a CASTE system too. Democracy is more idea
or ideal than true practice, patriotism, loyalty and familiarity
notwithstanding. We have bits and pieces of it, oh yes, but
full, untrammeled democracy eludes us still.
(3) Ari Fleischer vs. Jeff Toobin: Jeff made sense when he
pointed out that Hitler caused far more death and destruction
than terrorists have. I'd date that as far back as 1972, but others
will have better statistics. Ari seemed to claim Hitler obeyed
the Rules of War (Geneva Conventions, 1864) because Nazi
troops wore uniforms. There were far too many interruptions
for absolute clarity, but others and I got that strong
impression. HOW could Fleischer, a Jew, let such stupidity
fly out of his mouth?
Ari, say WHAAAT? Now, say it isn't so.