Friday, August 13, 2004

Another nuance

Imagine an election campaign, indeed imagine a country, in which smart was considered a desirable quality (and I know that’s like Albert Brooks in "Broadcast News" wishing for a world in which insecurity and desperation made us more attractive). What if Kerry had responded to "my opponent has found a new nuance" with "I see President Bush has lost another nuance."

CACI international, which supplied interrogators to Abu Ghraib, has conducted an internal investigation and decided that none of its people did anything wrong. And they just got their contract extended. What makes this more significant than your standard corporate CYAery, as the NYT fails to make clear, is that the US military has made clear that any punishment of torture by civilian contractors is up to their employers.

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