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Thursday, November 04, 2010

Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?
Posted by Jill | 7:08 PM
So George W. Bush has admitted that he is a war criminal.

Peter Daou
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This story should be as big as the midterms, but it won’t be. The U.S. media long ago determined that George W. Bush’s transgressions have ceased to be newsworthy. One of the reasons is that the Obama administration made the disastrous choice not to investigate Bush. That cop-out allows Bush to freely admit he approved torture:
Human rights experts have long pressed the administration of former president George W. Bush for details of who bore ultimate responsibility for approving the simulated drownings of CIA detainees, a practice that many international legal experts say was illicit torture. In a memoir due out Tuesday, Bush makes clear that he personally approved the use of that coercive technique against alleged Sept. 11 plotter Khalid Sheik Mohammed, an admission the human rights experts say could one day have legal consequences for him.


In his book, titled “Decision Points,” Bush recounts being asked by the CIA whether it could proceed with waterboarding Mohammed, who Bush said was suspected of knowing about still-pending terrorist plots against the United States. Bush writes that his reply was “Damn right” and states that he would make the same decision again to save lives, according to a someone close to Bush who has read the book.

Tom Malinowski, the Washington advocacy director for Human Rights Watch, said, “Waterboarding is broadly seen by legal experts around the world as torture, and it is universally prosecutable as a crime. The fact that none of us expect any serious consequences from this admission is what is most interesting.”

M. Cherif Boussiani, an emeritus law professor at DePaul University who co-chaired the U.N. experts committee that drafted the torture convention, said that Bush’s admission could theoretically expose him to prosecution. But he also said Bush must have presumed that he would have the government’s backing in any confrontation with others’ courts.

So, President Obama...you agreed not to pursue any action against your predecessor. He's now admitted to being an international criminal, and Mitch McConnell says the only thing he wants to do over the next two years is make sure you don't get a second term.

How's that bipartisanship thing working out for ya?

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5 Comments:
Blogger Bartender Cabbie said...
If it saved American and Allied lives then I am happy we had a "war criminal" in office.

Blogger Barry said...
You know as well as I do why Bush will never be prosecuted. It's all about politics:

1. Very, very few Americans want to see a former American president on criminal trial.

2. Democrats are reluctant to reopen the debate on all the issues it would bring up, as it's not exactly their strong suit.

3. Prosecute Bush for waterboarding KSM? Next up, Clinton stands trial for bombing civilian targets in Kosovo.

See how it goes? Pols on both sides are more than happy to let these sleeping dogs lie.

Anonymous Charlie O said...
Bartender Cabbie, how far does that theory extend. Suicide bombers? Nukes? I mean if it will save American and Allied lives, why don't we just drop a nuclear weapon on Afghanistan? If it will save American lives, why don't we strap explosives to teenagers and send them into Taliban strongholds? You sir are disgraceful as is George W Bush and Dick (the scumbag) Cheney. If the common denominator is being a scumbag to "save" lives, I opt out. The United States has no, zero, credibility demanding human rights, forcing feeding American democracy, McDonalds or anything else once we sink this level. You should be ashamed of your comment. And yeah, buddy, I am a US Navy veteran and the son of a retired LDO Naval officer. I KNOW military life.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
sorry, BC, we weren't supposed to be there in the first place, so, not relevant

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Hey, what can I say? the Ultimate IOKIAYAR!

Nazis? Slobodan Milosevich? Give 'em the justice they deserve! Dumbya? Well, he "made America safer," didn't he? We'll give him a pass!