Friday, June 04, 2010

Bush: I Am A War Criminal.

Bush has broken his silence to admit to a war crime.

In some of his most candid comments since leaving the White House, former President George W. Bush said Wednesday he has no regrets about authorizing the controversial waterboarding technique to interrogate terrorist suspects and wouldn't hesitate to do so again.

"Yeah, we waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed," the former president said during an appearance at the Economic Club of Grand Rapids, Michigan, according to the Grand Rapids Press.

"I'd do it again to save lives," he added.

But let's "look forward and not backwards"...

Of course, Dick Cheney has already admitted that he took part in these crimes.
"I was a big supporter of waterboarding. I was a big supporter of the enhanced interrogation techniques..."
Jonathan Turley discussed this confession at the time:
It is an astonishing public admission since waterboarding is not just illegal but a war crime. It is akin to the vice president saying that he supported bank robbery or murder-for-hire as a public policy.

The ability of Cheney to openly brag about his taste for torture is the direct result of President Barack Obama blocking any investigation or prosecution of war crimes. For political reasons, Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have refused to carry out our clear obligations under international law to prosecute for such waterboarding. Indeed, before taking office, various high-ranking officials stated that both Obama and Holder assured them that they would not allow such prosecutions. While they denied it at the time, those accounts are consistent with their actions following inauguration.
Bush can only make these statements because, like Cheney, he is utterly sure that the Obama administration will never have the balls to prosecute him.

What Obama is failing to realise is that, by failing to prosecute, he is allowing a narrative which states that Bush will do whatever it takes to protect the country and that Obama won't.

That's the old "the Democrats are soft on national security" gambit which has served the Republicans well for a very long time.

It's interesting. In the US, the true radicals are always on the right. It is they who are pushing the envelope of what is acceptable, never the left.

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