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T-Paw spouts spectacular nonsense on Sean Hannity's show

Governor Tim Pawlenty was on Hannity's America last night to, among other things, serve up pre-scripted platitudes and pseudo-witticisms (i.e. "Having the Democrats watch your money and keep an eye over your money is like having Michael Vick watch your dog for the weekend." Get it? See it's funny because Michael Vick used to kill dogs! ha ha lol)

In case you missed it, take a gander.

On first listen, it seems innocent enough. Softball questions abound, to be sure, but this is Sean Hannity interviewing the GOP's golden boy, for chrissakes-- whaddya expect? But one bit of verbiage made us throw up a little bit on our coffee table. Asked about Attorney General Eric Holder's investigation into the CIA's use of torture during interrogations, T-Paw had this to say: 

We should not be prosecuting individuals who are working hard day in and day out to protect this country. In many cases, risking their own lives. These individuals should be, you know, encouraged and supported in their roles. But to have -- see the CIA basically have this taken away from them I think is outrageous.

The attorney general should be reminded we are still a nation at war and CIA shouldn't stand for "can't interrogate anyone."

 

First off (and this is so obvious, we apologize for pointing it out), no one is suggesting that the CIA cease interrogations. Holder is launching an investigation to turn up potential instances of criminal wrong-doing vis-à-vis interrogations, which is a pedantic way of saying "doing his friggin' job." For Pawlenty to prop up his combination red herring-strawman ("The CIA shouldn't stand for 'can't interrogate anyone.'") is disingenuous to an extent that puts to shame even the most prolific bullshit-mongers we've all grown accustomed to laughing at on Fox News.

Second, and more ominous, is his weird assumption that the CIA is somehow above the law--even mere inquiry--during wartime. It's one thing when a visibly bloodthirsty neo-conservative demagogue makes that case. But when a bland creature like Pawlenty--the kind of chap seemingly more likely to turn up at a neighborhood barbeque in Eden Prairie than at a Project for a New American Century luncheon--does so, it grants it an air of conventionality (which is bad) and, by extension, legitimacy (which is worse). It's precisely this kind of sugarcoated, plausible-sounding madness that has had so many sane Americans wandering the streets with a vague sense of vertigo for the better part of a decade (Look out your window right now).

The idea that the U.S. government should shield, literally shield, the political/military class from the law is not "centrist" or "pragmatic" or "moderate" or any of the other compliments commonly paid to Pawlenty's façade. On the contrary, it's an extremist position more befitting to an entrenched oligarch presiding over a bankrupt banana republic, which, come to think of it, might be just the gig Timmy lands in a few short years.

Pawlenty '12.


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