Thursday, February 14, 2008

Flip Flopping And Waterboarding

You may not remember this:
Q Sir, do you agree with the Vice President that a dunk in the water is a "no brainer" when it comes to interrogating a terror suspect?

PRESIDENT BUSH: This country doesn't torture, we're not going to torture.
You may not know this:
Our closest allies, the British, reaffirmed Tuesday that they consider waterboarding a form of torture prohibited by international law. That's an opinion shared by the U.N. human rights commissioner.
You also may be distracted by the tight Democratic race to the Whitehouse and not have heard about this:
on Wednesday the Senate joined the House in passing legislation that prohibits the CIA from using waterboarding or any similar "harsh" interrogation techniques.
But contrary to the President's earlier assertion, he's a flip flopper:
But President Bush says he'll veto the bill.
It is apparent that the President's agenda for waging war on terrorists does nothing to reduce but strongly increases the reasons why otherwise reasonable people in the Middle East who should like America no longer do. Hypocrisy is no way to run our government. When you decry atrocities like torture and waterboarding publicly, but refuse to stop using it yourself, you place the entire nation at risk of being considered untrustworthy.

But the President is an expert at spreading malaise for his own political gain. For example, there is no doubt that the terrorists will and can proclaim one more victory because they have the strongest trumpet for their cause in the man called President of the USA, George W. Bush:
At this moment, somewhere in the world, terrorists are planning new attacks on our country. Their goal is to bring destruction to our shores that will make September the 11th pale by comparison.
Any time he makes this kind of remark, he spreads fear not hope and all but assures the terrorists that they have won because they couldn't ask for a better spokesperson to instill terror into the hearts and minds of good Americans everywhere.

Excuse me for a second Mr. President, but you are speaking in generalities. Of course there are people still out there planning to attack us. You don't need to remind us. We were paying you to find them, route them out and kill them. Instead, you got us into an intractable war in Iraq that has cost us an incalculable amount with very little return.

Given the wherewithal of the American Military Might and the Intelligence Community, I would expect the President at this point in time be not speaking in generalities but specifics. Would it be refreshing if, after this many years pursuing terrorists, he would say something like, "We know where the terrorists are, and we now how to get them. We will get them, and fear not, they will be brought to justice." Of course, for W, that would require bold leadership instead of slinging more fear for the terrorists in order to play political games with Congress and the American People.

Does any one else find this man ridiculous? Fortunately (or is it unfortunate), though, like the boy who cried wolf, no one responds to this rant any more.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Fsck you, America, it's my way or the highway

President Bush Discusses Protect America Act

Bush would veto the bill rather than accept an extension. An extension wouldn't provide retroactive immunity for the telecoms' illegal acts. Protecting telecoms is more important than protecting America, hence the veto threat.