that's the opening to james risen's piece for the new york times about how blackwater is getting off - i would argue mainly due to the immunity deals made with them (under the bush administration). but i do agree that there are difficulties - an argument risen presents - with doing investigative work and more in a war zone.
when these started falling apart, c.i. offered a clear-eyed view of what was going on at her site - pointing to the immunity deals and the sloppy job done by current prosecutors.
and you had pie-in-the-sky jeremy scahills ignoring that reality and blaming the messenger. c.i. was exactly right and jeremy schahill is nothing but a rageaholic.
a lot of times, we delude ourselves. scahill certainly did.
at 1 point, c.i. politely noted that sometimes we fool ourselves. there is the law. and you can whine about it all you want but it is what it is and your only choice is to change it if you don't like it. (and even if you change it, most likely it will not apply retroactively.)
i see jeremy's rages and his inability to see beyond his own limited point of view as a sign that he's too insulated from the real world.
i'd say, 'let's hope it at least makes him happy'; howver, it's so obvious that he's not having happy days in his life.
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'