You can put this in the same column with Terror Guy’s “we
do not torture.” This time, however, the message will come from Miss Congeniality,
Music for the following excerpt compliments of that oldie but
a goodie by Leslie Gore, “It’s my party.” Insert “we’ll torture
if we want to” as you read.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is
expected to give allies in Europe a response next week to their pressure over
Washington’s treatment of terrorism suspects: back off.
For almost a month, the United States has been on the
defensive, refusing to deny or confirm media reports the United States has
held prisoners in secret in Eastern Europe and transported detainees incommunicado
across the continent.
“It’s very clear they want European governments
to stop pushing on this,” said a European diplomat, who had contact with
U.S. officials over the handling of the scandals. “They were stuck on
the defensive for weeks, but suddenly the line has toughened up incredibly,”
the diplomat said.
Irish Foreign Minister Dermot Ahern said Rice told
him in Washington she expected allies to trust that America does not allow
rights abuses — a sign she will avoid giving Europe a detailed response on
U.S. intelligence work.
And she pointedly did not give Ahern a personal assurance
Ireland has not been used for secret prisoner transfers because he had already
heard that denial from the U.S. ambassador, a senior State Department official