15 October 2008

End Games for the Bush Administration

"The Bush administration issued a pair of secret memos to the CIA in 2003 and 2004 that explicitly endorsed the agency's use of interrogation techniques such as waterboarding against al-Qaeda suspects -- documents prompted by worries among intelligence officials about a possible backlash if details of the program became public."
With the advent of Sarah Palin we've heard rumblings about the "end times." I'm not a believer, so am not terribly worked up about that one. But for the Bush administration it seems like we are starting to see real end game strategy. It is a circle in which various principals and agents (Bush, Condi Rice, Dick Cheney, various Justice Dept. minions, staff at the Intelligence Agencies, etc.) are sitting, pointing with crossed arms to both their left and right. Think of the Scarecrow when Dorothy first encounters him in the Wizard of Oz movie. Everyone is pointing at someone else for having advocating and authorizing torture as official U.S. policy. You can read about it here in The Washington Post. With only 100 or so days remaining of the Bush administration, everyone apparently is trying to limit their own exposure if and when the war crimes tribunal is convened.

Notes to the folks at The Post ~ we are talking about torture here. Stop with the euphemisms about "harsh measures." Moreover, the torture techniques that the intelligence agencies were using and the administration authorized are not "legal"; they clearly contravene international agreements to which the U.S. is signatory. The President does not, except on the crackpot 'unitary executive' theory, have the prerogative of violating those legal commitments.

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