Sunday, June 21, 2009

Piranha Brothers Revisited

American Scofflaw

"Everyone was terrified of Doug. I've seen grown men pull their own heads off rather than see Doug. Even Dinsdale was frightened of Doug."

"What did he do?"

"He used ... sarcasm. He knew all the tricks; dramatic irony, metaphor, bathos, puns, parody, litotes, ... and ... satire."

The life-art imitation loop continues to fascinate and bemuse.

Whoever imagined that Monty Python's seminal tale of Doug Piranha's cruelty would wend a decades-long path into contemporaneous American political discourse, not as the satire it originally was, but as a real political excuse for expanded claims of state secrets?
That it has done this, however obliquely, is amusing enough. But it has done this without a hint or nod by the Obama administration as to the provenance of their latest fear in refusing to release notes from Patrick Fitzgerald's interview of Dick Cheney during the Plame investigation.

So, why, exactly, does the White House insist on keeping the interview notes a secret? Presumably, there is nothing in the notes that would be incriminating, or, one would think, Fitzgerald would have done some indicting. But that didn't happen. So, what excuse is on offer now?

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