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.