Rice Off-putting

The American Secretary of State Incompetetentalleezza Rice visited new German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and was promptly pelted with questions about American unlawful “extraordinary rendition” (no denying that, please) kidnapping and rendition of prisoners believed to be terror suspects to friendly third countries where they could be tortured and abused, and most importantly, be tortured and abused beyond the reach and oversight of American law.
One such renditionee is a German national kidnapped to Afghanistan and unlawfully (he alleges) abused and tortured there… before eventually released after five months or so.
Some of the cooperating third countries are our “New Europe” allies in Eastern Europe, and some are in the Middle East, and some are, let’s face it, God knows where.
Rice’s response, of course, was to try to duck the questions (about ghost prisons and renditions and torture and s***) entirely; certainly, no satisfying answers were reached on the subject, and in the case of the German national (a Mr. al-Masri), Rice contradicted the German Chancellor’s exclamation that the United States admitted it erred in his case, while the SecState’s response was “if mistakes were made– which they most assuredly were not– we will take corrective measures– if we feel like it– which we most assuredly do not.” With respect (I love that expression), the SecState doesn’t necessarily want to compromise the legal position of the United States in a case just filed against it.
Still, these are rather troubling allegations. The premise of our “War on Terror TM” is that because there are “rogue states” (Afghanistan and Iraq) who do not obey international norms and harbor terrorists and cost Poppy Bush (which, btw, I’m
convinced is a reference to the flower rather than some friendly fatherly type thing) the 1992 election… they have to be stopped, even by preemptive force if necessary. So… we go on to behave as if we are a rogue state, acting ourselves as if we were international terrorists, willfully kidnapping people and moving them about the world beyond oversight for abuse and torture. (Yes, yes, I am aware that these are “mere allegations” at the moment; we’ll see to what extent they are proven, though we know for sure of the “Black Ops” and ghost prisons and extraordinary renditions; we just don’t know their full extent, and likely never will.)
Just all part of the pastiche of American moral authority.