Coward's Game

Responding to Bush's latest defense of his domestic spy program, the inimitable Driftglass takes the president to task for fearmongering--and trying to turn us into a nation of cowards to hide his own cowardice:

So having been given the biggest blank check in modern history, how come the Bushies are now acting like the Constitution is a pair of hurtin' shoes two sizes too small that their mommy made them wear to the funeral of a distant and unloved Uncle?
Because. They. Are. Liars.
...Dubya's has long since pissed away that "Just trust me" trust fund he inherited on 9/11. Now he actually has to prove up, and every time he's been forced to stand up and earn our trust instead of trying to scare us into it, he has shit his pants and run like the coward that he is.
Yeah, I think the "Just trust me" ditty has worn out its welcome. Particularly in light of the white paper issued by the Justice Department last week, which put forth the rather alarming argument that the authorization of the spy program was justified under "inherent war powers." We're being asked to trust the president with the right to do anything and everything he deems necessary to fight the war on terror, yet never overreach beyond protecting us into encroaching upon our civil liberties. The problem is, unlimited power doesn't really have boundaries, which makes missteps all but inevitable.

What was it they said about absolute power again?


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