My jaw is on the floor over the banality and the blasé tone in which the following text showed up in an article this morning on CNN online, about the fact that a nuclear business deal between the U.S. and the UAE is being held up NOT because it has been recently revealed from video documentation that the UAE royal family tortures its recalcitrant business partners, which MIGHT mean that we MIGHT want to refuse to do business with the BASTARDS, but no. Obama has decided to "temporarily" slow down on signing the nuclear deal because of the "concern" that the media attention to this pesky little torture issue could give critics of the nuclear deal ammunition to thwart its passage.
Fuck me, and the horse I rode in on.
The senior U.S. officials say they are worried that lawmakers critical of the deal could use the videotape to undermine the agreement. The officials say lawmakers could argue the United States should not have such nuclear cooperation with a country where the rule of law is not respected and human rights violations are tolerated. Nabulsi's lawyer, Anthony Buzbee, told CNN he sent letters and excerpts of the tape to lawmakers. (emphasis mine)
So, now that we've established that torture is just hunky dory in America, and that people who have broken both domestic and international law by torturing people, get to stay in their little mansions in Texas or opine on network news about torture and how fucking great it is. And now that Obama wants to "look forward and not backward," we get to see torture videos online and worry, not about the horror of such practices, but whether or not it'll flubb up some huge mother fucking business deal. And to add insult to injury, we have the FUCKING BALLS to stand back and say, "We can't possibly do business with countries that torture!" Well, that would mean that we should not do business with our fucking selves.
There I go again. It seems that fuck is the only word that mollifies.
And then there's this:
The State Department had little to say publicly on the torture tape incident, but its 2008 human rights report about the United Arab Emirates refers to "reports that a royal family member tortured a foreign national who had allegedly overcharged him in a grain deal." When asked about the case, Acting State Department spokesman Robert Wood said only, "We urge all governments to fully investigate allegations of criminal acts. " (emphasis mine)
Well, do you now, Mr. Wood? I'll be damned.