Sen. Feinstein's insanely self-righteous crusade....
Dianne Feinstein's Ahab-like quest to harpoon her fancied CIA Moby Dick--silently supported by the president & eagerly pressed by Senate Intelligence Committee Democratic staff--will inflict vast harm, whilst replaying old arguments that deeply divided the country and will again do so; that alienated allies and will again do so; that thrilled our enemies and will again do so. All this to further her evolving view as to what the proper limits of interrogation should be, her belief that we learned nothing major from the sessions and to promote what passes for her progressive viewpoint on constitutional law. The 6,000 pages to be disclosed will at best cumulate such facts upon which all are agreed, while perpetuating unsettled disputes without doing anything useful for American security. And our enemies may well unearth a treasure trove of CIA sources and methods that will enable them to frustrate much potentially vital intelligence gathering.
Partly we do this periodically in the mistaken belief that only by such acts of moral self-purification are we entitled to prosecute war against our enemies. That they are stupefyingly barbaric and we, though far from perfect, hardly like them, is not enough to head off the moral preening of the bloviating pomposity that has come to describe the junior senator from California.
Worse, Feinstein was briefed from the very start on these enhanced interrogation techniques & along with every major Democratic leader in Congress heartily endorsed their use. She now has joined with those who--absurdly--impliedly equate waterboarding & sleep deprivation with slow-motion beheading on Internet video.
Their moral mantra: First we must cleanse ourselves unsparingly, and thus bare our sinful soul before the entire world. Only then can we become worthy to pursue the laurels of victory, and at last show ourselves to have become a truly civilized society.
At least a generation--perhaps more than one--will pass before intelligence personnel ever trust any administration's guarantee that aggressive actions and risks they are asked to take--even under solemn assurances that such moves are fully lawful--will be protected from the lawfare wolfpack in successor administrations. No matter: Feinstein & her senatorial confederates will face neither criminal prosecution nor public defamation.
Bottom Line. In the name of forcing disclosure of every past sin, real or imagined (mostly the latter), Feinstein is urging us to prove that we meet HER test of being better than the enemy, and thus entitle us to seek ultimate triumph (no high-five celebrations, please). But above all Feinstein's crusade is a vehicle for ostentatiously showcasing what she sees as her own unimpeachable moral superiority.
For the future: Whenever Feinstein shows up on the boob tube to pontificate, turn down the sound, go to YouTube & listen to Michael Feinstein play & sing the music of George & Ira Gershwin.
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