I resisted an obvious — I hope it’s obvious — temptation to comment on the recent torture report, not because I wasn’t sure what to say, but because I was pretty sure what to say.
Playing into this is the bullshit that went into justifying our invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. And before that, our collective self-delusions following 9/11. I wrote at tedious length about each, and to no apparent end, other than to alienate a few acquaintances. 1
Fortunately for me (now I don’t have to write it) and fortunately for you (you don’t have to read my prose), David Simon has written what I would call, in this circumstance, a perfectly balanced, calm, and rational analysis of the matter.
If you’re not familiar with Simon’s prose, and his beliefs, consider his opening line.
Here’s the sad fucking truth:
The man is a national treasure. Go read him.
- I can’t politely say “bad rubbish,” but “good riddance” may not be far off the mark. ↩