Bodies and Skulls

Deaf and drug-addicted talk show host Rush Limbaugh has been getting some flak for comparing the Abu Ghraib torture to a secret society iniatiation:

This is no different than what happens at the Skull and Bones initiation and we’re going to ruin people’s lives over it and we’re going to hamper our military effort, and then we are going to really hammer them because they had a good time. You know, these people are being fired at every day. I’m talking about people having a good time, these people, you ever heard of emotional release? You of heard of need to blow some steam off?

I’m still trying to wrap my head around this one. Bush and Kerry are both Bonesmen, after all. So Rush’s point with this Skull and Bones analogy is what, exactly?

  • George W. Bush knows about torture from his own initation. But you don’t see him whining about the dogs and the beatings and the psychological manipulation. Those Iraqis should act like real men and keep the secrets of the Tomb.
  • Whenever you see an American engaged in torture, just think of John Kerry.
  • We’re giving these Iraqis something even better than freedom or democracy: honorary membership in Skull and Bones!

At least the news out of India seems to be good.