Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Don't let the door bang your ass on the way out, Fred!

Reading more than anything like a farewell speech from the caboose of the Oblivion Express, Fred Barnes' Weekly Standard column defending Drinky McRetard's final presser is full of what might charitably be called "inaccuracies," but which are really just arrant horseshit.

Now I'm warning you, just so you don't do a spit-take all over your monitor: Barnes lists the use of torture on suspected terrorists among the Bush administration's 10 great achievements:
"Crucial intelligence was obtained from captured al Qaeda leaders, including 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, with the help of waterboarding. Whether this tactic--it creates a drowning sensation--is torture is a matter of debate."
First off, Fred, the current Vanity Fair quotes a C.I.A. officer's assessment of Mohammed's interrogation: “K.S.M. produced no actionable intelligence. He was trying to tell us how stupid we were.”

And that second assertion? Okay, fine, Fred - there is some debate. There is also some debate whether or not you possess testicles.