Joe Scarborough continues his torture apology tour on Morning Joe and the man is just getting nuttier by the day. Maybe if Cheney decides to run in 2012 he can get Scarborough to sign on as his campaign manager, since it sure as hell looks like he's auditioning for it.
Joe Scarborough’s defense of torture and its apologists has grown so desperate that he’s now resorting to quotes from fictional characters in Hollywood movies to support his position.
In the movie, Cruise’s character gets commander Col. Jessup, played by Nicholson, to admit that he ordered two young Marines to assault and kill their colleague. The Cheney-esque Jessup defends his decision by saying, “[his] death, while tragic, probably saved lives” and “[y]ou have no idea how to defend a nation. All you did was weaken a country today.” So in that sense, yes — Cheney’s speech yesterday was “straight out of ‘A Few Good Men.’”
But to refresh Scarborough’s memory, at the end of the movie, Jessup ends up going to prison for his actions. “[Y]ou’re under arrest, you son of a bitch,” Cruise tells Nicholson’s Cheney-esque character in a dramatic scene at the end of the movie.
We can only hope Cheney's fate is the same as Jessup's but I don't see much hope of that happening. In the mean time we have Joe Scarborough who if nothing else, continues to serve a source of entertainment when he does things like this, and who's irony alert button seems to be broken under the force of the man's own ego.