Sunday, May 31, 2009

I regret that hanging is not available

To deal with war criminals, that is. It is rather like my position on hell. I don't believe in it, but I want to hang on to if for certain persons. We saw to it that Saddam Hussein was hanged. It would seem apt for the same fate to befall equally guilty war criminals. (Bush, Cheney, and the whole damned WHIG crowd would be a nice start.)

Richard A. Clarke, who should be in a position to know, shreds the Cheney-Rice twaddle that's being peddled these days.

Yet listening to Cheney and Rice, it seems that they want to be excused for the measures they authorized after the attacks on the grounds that 9/11 was traumatic. "If you were there in a position of authority and watched Americans drop out of eighty-story buildings because these murderous tyrants went after innocent people," Rice said in her recent comments, "then you were determined to do anything that you could that was legal to prevent that from happening again."

I have little sympathy for this argument. Yes, we went for days with little sleep, and we all assumed that more attacks were coming. But the decisions that Bush officials made in the following months and years -- on Iraq, on detentions, on interrogations, on wiretapping -- were not appropriate. Careful analysis could have replaced the impulse to break all the rules, even more so because the Sept. 11 attacks, though horrifying, should not have surprised senior officials. Cheney's admission that 9/11 caused him to reassess the threats to the nation only underscores how, for months, top officials had ignored warnings from the CIA and the NSC staff that urgent action was needed to preempt a major al-Qaeda attack.
A few more sentences
Yes, Dick Cheney and Condoleezza Rice may have been surprised by the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 -- but it was because they had not listened.


The White House thought that 9/11 changed everything. It may have changed many things, but it did not change the Constitution, which the vice president, the national security adviser and all of us who were in the White House that tragic day had pledged to protect and preserve.
It is all rather damning, though almost any review of the evidence we have before us is.

I would like the entire American public to be aware that we already knew Bush & Cheney were full of crap. Way back when.

Frank Rich, in his column at the NYT today, notes of the journalists who just did the research that refuted Cheney's claims in his recent emesis of lies that passed for a speech that
These are the same two journalists who, reporting for what was then Knight Ridder, uncovered much of the deceit in the Bush-Cheney case for the Iraq war in the crucial weeks before Congress gave the invasion the green light.

On Sept. 6, 2002, Landay and Strobel reported that there was no known new intelligence indicating that “the Iraqis have made significant advances in their nuclear, biological or chemical weapons programs.” It was two days later that The Times ran its now notorious front-page account of Saddam Hussein’s “quest for thousands of high-strength aluminum tubes.” In the months that followed, as the Bush White House kept beating the drum for Saddam’s imminent mushroom clouds to little challenge from most news organizations, Landay and Strobel reported on the “lack of hard evidence” of Iraqi weapons and the infighting among intelligence agencies. Their scoops were largely ignored by the big papers and networks as America hurtled toward fiasco.
[Emphasis mine]

h/t to teacherken

Remember, we all have a duty to stand up to twaddlemongers.

--the BB

1 comment:

Göran Koch-Swahne said...

Ms Rice:"...then you were determined to do anything that you could that was legal to prevent that from happening again."

But my dear Neocondi,

It wasn't l e g a l, never was - never shall be.