In a high whining voice which has become all too familiar, Bush is now demanding that CIA agents and others be granted immunity if they step beyond the ambit of the law and torture people (who, we are to assume, had it coming to them anyway). What a concept!
Perhaps we can get the politikos to extend this privilege. Perhaps we the people can get a free ticket to beat up those CIA agents and government bureaucrats who clearly have it coming to them anyway. We could even take boy George around to the back of the White House and give him a few swift whacks just to keep him in line from time to time. Why should we be prosecuted?
Or is the justice meted out by leftward leaning mobs inherently more suspect than that provided by ultra-secret agencies conducting clandenstine operations overseas? At least we can see mobs; there is, in some strained sense, a certain democracy of the street as people stand by and watch the action, choosing to remain silent or join in. But when it comes to the government, we're left in the dark. We're supposed to allow the government to operate in secret and then not even complain or bring legal measures against those extremely rare individuals who get called to account for their misdeeds.
And America's going to bring democracy to the world! Some navel-gazing is in order, here in the land of the free and the oh so brave.