Monday, November 07, 2005

what a buffoon

I read this Associated Press story this afternoon, and it just made me shake my head in disbelief. I've tried to restrain myself from starting political debates on here, but sometimes things are so ridiculous, it cannot be avoided.

PANAMA CITY, Panama (AP) -- President Bush vigorously defended U.S. interrogation practices in the war on terror Monday and lobbied against a congressional drive to outlaw torture.

"There's an enemy that lurks and plots and plans and wants to hurt America again," Bush said. "So you bet we will aggressively pursue them but we will do so under the law."

He declared, "We do not torture."

Over White House opposition, the Senate has passed legislation banning torture. With Vice President Dick Cheney as the point man, the administration is seeking an exemption for the CIA. It was recently disclosed that the spy agency maintains a network of prisons in eastern Europe and Asia, where it holds terrorist suspects.

The European Union is investigating the reports, which have not been confirmed by the White House.

If we do not torture, as George so adamantly stated, then why oppose legislation that would specifically ban torture?

Because we do torture, we do run gulag-style prisons in eastern Europe and elsewhere, as a comprehensive story in The Washington Post meticulously detailed last week. We indeed have sunken to the level of Stalin.



At 1:00 PM, Blogger Dan said...

See, George Bush doesn't actually believe in the Constitution, which clearly states that the president's powers should be limited by Congress.

I have to take umbrage with your comparison of this country's actions to the atrocities commited by Stalin. You've ventured into Michael Moore-style hyperbole with that comment. Yes, we are guilty of many crimes, but we have not yet turned into the Stalin-era Soviet Union.

At 1:11 PM, Blogger Dan said...

Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution is worth noting:

(The Congress Shall Have Power) To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offences against the Law of Nations;

At 3:49 PM, Blogger Pete said...

Stalin ran gulags. We run gulags.

I don't see the problem.

Did Stalin do a whole lot more that further sullied his reputation? Hell yes. I'm not saying W is Stalin, but he's taken a clear first step down that slippery slope.

At 7:22 AM, Blogger Dan said...

You wrote, "We indeed have sunken to the level of Stalin."

That seems to suggest you believe that W is as abhorrent as Stalin. The statement, "We are in danger of sinking to the level of Stalin," may have been more accurate.


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