To be a bit closer to the mark, let's call this thing "sodomy with a feeding tube". And in my innocent (have you met me? think I'm all that innocent and not-cynical?) little brain, I kind of thought that the idea of ass-rape of anyone, especially via shoving food up there to be violently expelled in a physical state known as "dumping", with a long-term potential for harm in the form of anal prolapse or fissuring, would be viewed as beyond the pale. No. This is not about interrogation. This is about doing the nastiest thing you can think of to a dominated and prone body for the sheer sake of being sadistic that can be found.
And I thought that might even be where the shame might leak in. Because anally-raping prostrate human beings with a feeding tube for non-medical reasons (and the reasons are just about always non-medical) should occur to anyone as being obscene.
And yet there are two responses that actually stun the livid, horror-filled bejesus out of me. The first is that of former Representative Joe Walsh--who is somehow able to maintain that the act of pushing a feeding tube into the (I hope) lubricated anus of a detainee is the act of a patriot. And the other is that of Nicolle Wallace, former Bush Administration official and late of the McCain '08 campaign, who would rather we not even think about what was done, and considers this a problem of "political correctness".
An opposition to war crimes done in our name is a problem of "political correctness"? As if she believes that, with the right spin, rectal feeding becomes okay, and the deaths under this program are just accidents and the 26 or so people who were subjected to torture because of mistaken identity are just a bit of a laugh we can have at ourselves for fucking up how to be moral humans utterly--tee hee?
Being opposed to the degradation of a human being in any context may be "politically correct"--but primarily because it is morally so. The idea that the cheap phrase "political correctness"--usually used to cover the lesser sins of sexist or racist dialog by labeling the critics of such language as just being such prissy little goody two-shoes, is actually used here to pardon actions that include anal rape with a feeding tube makes me actively ill. Is there any enormity that can't escape criticism by having that criticism just shelved by calling it "politically correct"?
So for any apologist of the torture program, I am now having you all down for being huuuuugggggee proponents of rectal feeding, or rather, sodomy with a feeding tube. This was not in any way an act of obtaining useful intelligence. This was about sadistically shaming and defiling the bodies of people who were associated with terror--not for strategy, but vengeance out of anger and fear. But this wasn't even punishment in any legal sense our justice system would recognize amongst these untried and uncharged people. When our code of justice forbids the cruel and the unusual punishments.
No, Joe Walsh, it is never right for us to become animals. Not for any purpose, and certainly not for the purpose of cretinous cowards to pretend to be doing something while only making our national reputation stained, and not really saving anyone. And no, Nicolle Wallace--we need to care what was done in our name by the people we elected--so that we will know not to ever elect people who would allow that sort of thing again. And that is not a "PR issue" or a "PC problem". It is understanding that words have meanings. And that actions can't always be spun.