Thursday, October 25, 2007

Our Ms. Brooks: Commit Them

It's Thursday, which means this week's Rosa Brooks column is up in the Los Angeles Times, and our hero is quite shrill this week.

Forget impeachment.

Liberals, put it behind you. George W. Bush and Dick Cheney shouldn't be treated like criminals who deserve punishment. They should be treated like psychotics who need treatment.

Because they've clearly gone mad. Exhibit A: We're in the middle of a disastrous war in Iraq, the military and political situation in Afghanistan is steadily worsening, and the administration's interrogation and detention tactics have inflamed anti-Americanism and fueled extremist movements around the globe. Sane people, confronting such a situation, do their best to tamp down tensions, rebuild shattered alliances, find common ground with hostile parties and give our military a little breathing space. But crazy people? They look around and decide it's a great time to start another war.

That would be with Iran, and you'd have to be deaf not to hear the war drums. Last week, Bush remarked that "if you're interested in avoiding World War III . . . you ought to be interested in preventing [Iran] from having the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon." On Sunday, Cheney warned of "the Iranian regime's efforts to destabilize the Middle East and to gain hegemonic power . . . [we] cannot stand by as a terror-supporting state fulfills its most aggressive ambitions." On Tuesday, Bush insisted on the need "to defend Europe against the emerging Iranian threat."

Huh? Iran is now a major threat to Europe? The Iranians are going to launch a nuclear missile (that they don't yet possess) against Europe (for reasons unknown because, as far as we know, they're not mad at anyone in Europe)? This is lunacy in action. ...

The U.S. is full of ordinary people with serious forms of mental illness -- delusional people with violent fantasies who think they're the president, or who think they get instructions from the CIA through their dental fillings.

The problem with Bush is that he is the president -- and he gives instructions to the CIA and military, without having to go through his dental fillings.


Now, Ms. Brooks is wrong about the US Constitution not providing for situations such as this: a sitting President can be removed if it is found that (s)he is medically incapacitated. Presumably so can a Vice President. She is, however, right about a possible solution to our problem:

If a "court or jury finds that [a] person is mentally ill and . . . is likely to injure himself or other persons if allowed to remain at liberty, the court may order his hospitalization."

That works for me.

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2 Comments:

Blogger shrimplate said...

It's obvious to me that Bush, and probably Cheney too, are sociopaths who have no quiet voice of conscience to guide them into ethical concern for other people.

There's no medical treatment for this mental malady except, in particularly bad cases, incarceration. I think that applies to them.

5:50 AM  
Blogger Woody, Tokin Lib'rul/Rogue Scholar & O'erall Helluvafella said...

I think, frankly, that both of 'em should face firing squads, because their acts and deeds are tantamount to high treason, against the Constitution and the People of the United States. There are not many clearer instances of such crimes than are contained in the record of the past 7 years. I am not advocating 'violence against elected leaders,' becasue by the time they get to the wall, they will long since have been removed from office.

4:14 PM  

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