Friday, November 27, 2009

False equivocation of the week.


John "Hindrocket" Hinderaker of Powerline thinks that detainee abuse and coverup is comparable to tempers flaring between protesters / "failing to leave the scene of a disturbance".

Not content to leave the wingnuttery there, he then suggests that we shouldn't expect any higher level of legal responsibility from soldiers tasked with the imprisonment of suspects than we do from what he calls "thugs" at a protest.

Yes, if the protesters involved broke the law, there should be consequences. But the two situations are not even remotely equivocal, and the moment we stop holding our police and armed forces to a standard appropriate to the increased degree of power and responsibility they carry, we encourage more abuse of both.

With the "turnabout is fair play" relativism that Hindrocket and his ilk have increasingly embraced, no wonder the U.S. military has the problems it does.


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