Monday, December 15, 2008

Never again?

Glenzilla asks the right question regarding the (non)response to the just-released Senate Armed Services Report on detainee abuse:
This Report was issued on Thursday. Not a single mention was made of it on any of the Sunday news talk shows, with the sole exception being when John McCain told George Stephanopoulos that it was "not his job" to opine on whether criminal prosecutions were warranted for the Bush officials whose policies led to these crimes. What really matters, explained McCain, was not that we get caught up in the past, but instead, that we ensure this never happens again -- yet, like everyone who makes this argument, he offered no explanation as to how we could possibly ensure that "it never happens again" if we simultaneously announce that our political leaders will be immunized, not prosecuted, when they commit war crimes. Doesn't that mindset, rather obviously, substantially increase the likelihood -- if not render inevitable -- that such behavior will occur again? Other than that brief exchange, this Senate Report was a non-entity on the Sunday shows.
The world is paying the price for our country's mistake of allowing Nixon to go unpunished in a court of law for his crime, which allowed his minions Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld to return to power and engage in further - and much more egregious - lawbreaking. In the name of "post-partisanship" and "looking forward, not backward" we are about to do the same with George W. Bush and, again, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. How bad does it have to get for the citizens of this country to say Enough?

With regard to the now-infamous shoe-throwing incident over the weekend, I found this interview with Bush right afterwards to be especially revealing. The idiot treats the whole thing like a joke and never once loses that ubiquitous smirk, wisecracking that the reporter "just wanted to get on TV" and declares offhandedly, "I don't know what his beef is." Of course not, and he obviously couldn't care less. Someone should fill him in. But they won't, will they.

UPDATE: Oh yeah, one shouldn't miss this part of the above-mentioned interview. And something tells me that these reports will be effortlessly kept from our Chimp-in-Charge's view.

8 comments:

heydave said...

Have you not heard?
Georgie is an asshole.

AnnPW said...

You know, Dave, thanks for clearing that up for me! I was Beginning To Wonder.....

heydave said...

I find myself conditioned to yelling at the radio/tv when that stupid chimp starts blabbing.

Ruth said...

This is the same group that invaded and has murdered the citizens of Iraq, how could they be expected to know why anyone would resent that? They serve the base, and have announced it. They need to be brought before a court of law, but first we have to reinstitute the laws and Dept of Justice. Hopefully we will give recognition to the International Criminal Court as well, and let them do their job.

AnnPW said...

That arrogant smirk of his is enough to drive anyone over the edge. Here's hoping that it will become a regular occurance at W's "liberry" for the security detail there to have to dispense with piles of "size-10's" that are routinely tossed at their door.

Oh Ruth, how I hope that you are right and that comes to pass.

Ruth said...

No reason to wait, the shoe collection at the w liebury has already begun at the WH gate, see http://www.paxamericana.net/2008/12/shoes-for-solid.html

Hopeful is good, better than the kind of disgusted and appalled we were for almost eight years now.

heydave said...

I need to say it: whattafuckingasshole, george.

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