Did rain ruin your weekend? Blame Bush's environmental policies! Did your ball club lose? I'm not sure why that is Bush's fault, but I know it is.
Let's go to Mr. Schraub first:
If we start torturing suspected terrorists, where do we stop? Suspected murderers? Robbers? Drug dealers?
Mr. Sullivan picks up the same story:
The five cops are now mercifully in jail, but only for, at most, seven years. I guess when the president has endorsed torture by the CIA, it's hard to put low-level cop-torturers in jail for life. Radley believes this kind of atrocity is more common than we might believe. I have no way to know. What I do know is that when the government launches an ill-defined "war" on a "thing", rather than an explicit foreign enemy, and when you have an administration as profoundly hostile to American liberty as this one is, all sorts of abuses will necessarily follow. And they have.
It's not clear from the context whether the "thing" upon which we have declared war is drugs (this was, after all, a drug dealer) or terror.
However - if Messrs. Sullivan and Schraub really believe that police brutality in this country began with the invasion of Iraq, or the opening of Gitmo, or the ascension of George Bush in 2000, let me just puzzle them with two names - Abner Louima and Rodney King.
'Nuff said. Now I have to go in the backyard and deal with the crabgrass that has been spreading like crazy ever since Bush personally outed Double Super Secret Agent Valerie Plame.
MORE: The first commenter at The Moderate Voice is even more skeptical than yours truly.
UPDATE: Andrew Sullivan responds.