Double Standard

"Soldier In Iraq Prison Scandal Goes To Trial", Reuters, 7 January 2005:
FORT HOOD, Texas (Reuters) - U.S. Army Spc. Charles Graner, the accused ringleader of the Iraq prisoner abuse scandal that outraged the world, went on trial on Friday ready to offer a defense he was just following orders. [...] The Bush administration and military leaders have blamed the abuses on a small group of soldiers and said there was no policy of mishandling prisoners.
"Specter Expects Gonzales Confirmation", Associated Press, 7 January 2005:
WASHINGTON (AP) - The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Friday he feels certain that Alberto Gonzales will be confirmed as attorney general despite concerns about his role in a Bush administration legal doctrine that critics said undermined prisoner-of-war protections and a law against torture.
So the guy that oversaw the legal opening to allow torture gets confirmed as AG the very same day the guy who carried out this legal opening goes to trial. Wonderful. The reemergence of the torture debate has really brought out an ugly side of our culture. I was listening to Imus talk to Ann Coulter (don't ask me why) today and they were both saying that they didn't see anything wrong with what Gonzales did. Imus even went so far as to say something like, "we should be able to slap around a few Muslims to get them to talk [sic]." What the fuck is going on here?