The point would be that bringing a civil case, trying to get into our documents, is a matter of national security and trampling it, because ten years after 9/11 people think they can just come after the government and make a bunch of money off the turning tide of public opinion. You know? Or indulge old Blackwater grudges about the way government cronies used the atrocity and suffering of the war to make money, little silly things like that.
Which is the most interesting thing, and especially because of this: It's why nothing Will says below makes rational sense, but must be said in order for the episode to make sense. Watch the way he links up random phrases and believes they prove something. It's scary and awful sad.
Will: "Diane, in private can I just say that the US is obviously not gonna cough up $6 million, and we know it, so why are we doing this?"
Diane: "Because it's the right thing to do?"
Will: "No, you think it's the right thing to do. I was in DC on 9/11..."
Diane: "-- Here we go."
Will: "...Our government took steps to prevent another 9/11. I saw the smoke from the Pentagon!"
Diane: "...Danny is innocent?"
Will: "Which is why he's free."
Diane: "After he was tortured."
Will: "Wait, do you think anybody's being tortured now under your friend Obama?"
Which is when you leave the room, because he's not being a lawyer right now, he's having a thing. Having a moment. Very different from the usual Will. You're entitled to take a moment, but when you stage it professionally like this it can have ramifications. The danger is in knowing the difference. Because the proper answer is very simple, and it goes:
"Yes, but reparations after the fact are nothing new. Danny's torture was a mistake, maybe avoidable and maybe not, and I'm not going to argue with you about whether it was necessary. But that doesn't mean we don't bring suit now. It doesn't mean you say Bygones, sorry I didn't have the information you were torturing me for, and it doesn't mean you go off on some wingnut thing about the smoke from the Pentagon and your unrelated pantyliner feelings about it. They did what they had to do, we're doing what we do next, and both of those things can happen."
Instead we're getting this from him: "Do you think anybody's being tortured? No. You're trying to fight an old war, Diane. Rumsfeld and Cheney are gone. They're writing books." Like this is purely politics and grudge -- because to him, it is -- and not about a single guy who got burned by the post-9/11 crunch. And you know what, it's Diane, he may well have a point. She could be fighting an old war and still complaining about the abuses of that time, but that isn't exactly a bad thing either. They're writing books now, but we gave their corrupt asses the leash to begin with, which means that somewhere along the way there was an old war we forgot to fight. There was a reminder we didn't write down, and it has to do with the government being in charge of everything, even how creepy they are.