[url=http://www.tompaine.com/articles/20051117/dirty_libby.php] Dirty Libby
November 17, 2005
I don’t normally associate bestiality with Republicans, because they screw poor people more than animals. But in Scooter Libby’s case, one has to make an exception. Consider this excerpt from Libby’s 1996 novel, The Apprentice, which chronicles the depraved training of a Japanese prostitute:
"The young samurai’s mother had the child sold to a brothel, where she swept the floors and oiled the men and watched the secret ways. At age ten the madam put the child in a cage with a bear trained to couple with young girls so the girls would be frigid and not fall in love with their patrons. They fed her through the bars and aroused the bear with a stick when it seemed to lose interest. Groups of men paid to watch. Like other girls who have been trained this way, she learned to handle many men in a single night and her skin turned a milky-white."
This is a curious passage, and not just because of the less-than-obvious connection between milky-white skin and sex with a bear. It’s strange because the author is a conservative Republican, a member (well, until recently) of an administration which considers sex—even sex between two humans—a bad, bad thing. John Ashcroft, for example, clothed a statue’s bare breast; the FCC tried to cover up Janet Jackson’s; and two months ago, the FBI launched an anti-obscenity squad. (Would Scooter Libby’s book fit the bill?) So the fact that Dick Cheney’s closest confidante scripted a work featuring bestiality, rape and general licentiousness would seem to constitute hypocrisy in the GOP’s war against immorality—lashing out against others’ smut and sin while profiting off them yourself.