The current executive administration is secretly turning over prisoners to other countries for torture.
How is this not the presidential scandal to end all presidential scandals?
Because, very simply, in general, the American public approves of torture.
It's not a scandal because the people approve of what he's doing.
There's plenty of opposition, but it's not represented by the mass media as a whole. Lots of "average Joes" seem to have plenty of questions about Bush & Co., if the approval ratings are to be believed, but their concerns are not reflected in the media by the majority of journalists.
The problem is that opposition to Bush is not strong on this issue. In general, his approval ratings are down because of Katrina and because he's not winning the war, not because of wiretaps and not because of extraordinary rendition. The American public doesn't care about any of that.
The sad fact is that the voters aren't disillusioned with Bush because he's fighting dirty, but rather because he isn't winning. They wouldn't care what he did to whom as long as they perceived him to be winning.
The other sad fact is that Washington is significantly more progressive on the whole than the rest of America on this particular issue. It's not that fear of popular outrage is holding back the politicians from committing worse excesses. It's that knowledge of international law, consciousness of world opinion, and common fucking decency are stopping the politicians from giving into the bloodlust of their constituents.
Entity, that's what I hope happens. Our media doesn't really beat on the pots'n pans about the continued heinous crimes of our administration, but if they even snidely remark on other countries being that concerned maybe some head scratching will happen.
Umm, no. That will never happen.
...but knowing my middle of the road Americans, they'll just think other countries are 'crazy'.
Ding ding ding!
As if it wasn't obvious by now, Americans give not the tiniest shit for world popular opinion, except when it validates us. We are always the good guys in our own minds. Even in Vietnam, we meant well, it's just that those crazy damn Asianses didn't understand that we were just trying to help, and their heads were all messed up with propaganda.
If someone abroad agrees with us, they're good guys, too. If someone abroad criticizes us, they're jealous or crazy twisted by propaganda or allied with our enemies.