Andy Rooney: “Our Darkest Days Are Here”

Abu Ghraib prisonAndy Rooney, the octogenarian voice of CBS’s 60 Minutes, has written an excellent analysis of how the Abu Ghraib scandal will haunt us in the books of history:

The day the world learned that American soldiers had tortured Iraqi prisoners belongs high on the list of worst things that ever happened to our country. It’s a black mark that will be in the history books in a hundred languages for as long as there are history books. I hate to think of it.

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In the history of the world, several great civilizations that seemed immortal have deteriorated and died. I don’t want to seem dramatic tonight, but I’ve lived a long while, and for the first time in my life, I have this faint, faraway fear that it could happen to us here in America as it happened to the Greek and Roman civilizations.

Sadly, the Bush administrastion and its allies have labeled far-sighted men like Rooney: “chucklehead” and “an old liberal” and “retarded“. I like to think he’s insightful.

Our Darkest Days Are Here [60 Minutes]

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