John Yoo: Son of Belial
|Yet once more, as part of our continuing occasional series of quixotic attempts to think through the Bush Administration by way of early modern politics.|
I happened to catch an interview with John Yoo on NPR recently. He's oh-so-reasonable and willing to listen to the opposing side, with a "that's a very good question" here and an "I think that's the most important criticism you can make of my view" there. In the end, of course, his reasonable and carefully considered views have led our government apparently to commit war crimes and have made it rather difficult for several among them to take that long-planned vacation to Germany any time soon. I expected Terry Gross to introduce him as "graceful and humane," adding:
A fairer person lost not Heav'n; he seemdJohn Yoo, son of Belial, welcome to Fresh Air.
As for Terry Gross herself, that soft and honey-dripping voice of hers grates on me like the gnawing hellhounds consuming the bowels of their mother Sin. But that's another story.