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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Manifesto for Banana Republicans

New Hampshire's own P.J. O'Rourke has a piece in The Weekly Standard on the Obama Administration's habit of adopting tactics reminscint of tin-pot dictators:
The other day a journalist friend of mine in Washington got a phone call from a colleague in South America. "How's it feel to be a fellow citizen of the Third World?" my friend's friend asked.

"What?" said my friend.

"You know," said the Latin reporter, "the new government gets in office, the old government goes to jail."

The caller was referring, of course, to the prosecution--or threatened prosecution or mooted prosecution or proposal for prosecution to be publicly disavowed but tacitly permitted to go forward--of six Bush administration officials involved with the legal issues concerning "enhanced interrogation techniques."

I recommend reading the whole thing, and anything else O'Rourke writes.

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