Weaseling out of things is important to learn.
It’s what separates us from the animals.
Except the weasel.*

Alberto Gonzales goes to Iraq and teaches the natives how to distance yourself from the results of your labors by using bland pronouncements and weasel words:

US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales met Iraq’s Deputy Prime Minister Barham Saleh and discussed the tactics used by Iraqi security forces to combat a wave of violence, including torture.

“It is a somewhat difficult decision as to where to draw the line,” Gonzales said, referring to possible measures that Iraqi police might use to extract information from suspected insurgents and death squad leaders.

“It is difficult to decide what is appropriate and what is allowed under law,” said Gonzales, who has drawn criticism in the past for describing the Geneva Conventions against prisoner abuse as “quaint”.

Gonzales, who arrived in Baghdad Tuesday, told reporters the issue of interrogation tactics came up during his meeting with Saleh but said the techniques to be used were a decision for the Iraqi government.

But he stressed that the US government was against any kind of torture.

“Our President is very clear that government does not engage in torture. The US is not engaging in torture. We are part of a convention against torture.”

Yeah. We’re people persons.

Somehow I get the impression that the Gonzales family crest contains two quotes, “Plausible Deniability” and “It was like that when I got here“.

*Homer Simpson

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