Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

June 9, 2004

by J

WaPo: Administration is "Criminal" "Dictatorship"

Doth mine eyes deceive me? Has the Washington Post decided to stop giving Dubya and his cronies a pass for every foolish unAmerican thing they try to pull? Could it be... the turning of the tide??
There is no justification, legal or moral, for the judgments made by Mr. Bush's political appointees at the Justice and Defense departments. Theirs is the logic of criminal regimes, of dictatorships around the world that sanction torture on grounds of "national security." For decades the U.S. government has waged diplomatic campaigns against such outlaw governments -- from the military juntas in Argentina and Chile to the current autocracies in Islamic countries such as Algeria and Uzbekistan -- that claim torture is justified when used to combat terrorism. The news that serving U.S. officials have officially endorsed principles once advanced by Augusto Pinochet brings shame on American democracy -- even if it is true, as the administration maintains, that its theories have not been put into practice. Even on paper, the administration's reasoning will provide a ready excuse for dictators, especially those allied with the Bush administration, to go on torturing and killing detainees.

Posted by J at June 9, 2004 06:20 AM
Comments

I think this is more indicative of the gravity of the situation than anything else. The Post would probably give Bush a pass here if they thought they could get away with it and retain a semblence of professionalism and respect.

Common sense dictates that the Bush Inc. approach to the Geneva Convention and other similiar conventions has not in fact made us any safer. I wouldn't say that it's made us less safe, per se. Rather I think that it has merely confirmed the existing suspicions of a vast swath of the Arab public. It's basically like Twain's famous line, "it's better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt." What Bush has done has been to remove all doubt for many Arabs as to our intentions in the region.

Posted by: Kevin at June 9, 2004 12:32 PM

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