Nov 3, 2005

Torturemeister Cheney

The Bulldog Manifesto just did a post on this article from Le Monde that basically implicates Mr. Go Fuck Yourself in having a direct hand in the Abu Ghraib torture scandal.

Here's an excerpt from the Babelfish translation:
Colonel Laurence Wilkerson, who was a principal private secretary of the former Secretary of State Colin Powell declared, on the waves of the public radio (NPR) which it had found trace of a series of memos and directives authorizing torture, addressed to the Defence Department by the collaborators of Dick Cheney. These directives contradicted another directive of president George W. Bush, ordering with the American army to respect the convention of Geneva which prohibits such practices.
Poor Dubya. Not even his own right-hand man pays attention to what he says.

Aside from the NPR link, I found this Oct. 20 WaPo article in which Wilkerson describes why he had to speak out:

Wilkerson's beef with the administration was, for the most part, not ideological. He argues that U.S. forces must remain in Iraq, and he describes George H.W. Bush as "one of the finest presidents we've ever had."

Rather, the colonel objected to the administration's secrecy, which allowed Cheney, Rumsfeld and others to subvert the foreign policy apparatus that has been in place since 1947.

"What I saw was a cabal between the vice president of the United States, Richard Cheney, and the secretary of defense, Donald Rumsfeld," he said. By cutting out the bureaucracy that had to carry out those decisions, "we have courted disaster in Iraq, in North Korea, in Iran, and generally with regard to domestic crises like Katrina." If there is a nuclear terrorist attack or a major pandemic, Wilkerson continued, "you are going to see the ineptitude of this government in a way that'll take you back to the Declaration of Independence."

Tell me why you think our current president is "one of the finest" again?


Gothamimage said...

On First Looking Into Fitzgerald's Indictment

A Pre-Emptive Poem
From A Keats Ghost To Gothamimage:

Much have I witnessed the Scandal of Bush
And many awful lies and outrages seen;
Round many breaches have I been
Which bards in fealty to Republic hold.
Oft of one great Injury had I been told
That worried the Founders in repose;
Yet did I never see it so clear
Till I heard Fitzgerald speak out loud and bold:
Then I felt like some Justice on High
When a pure Truth comes into his view:
Or like Honest Abe when with wise eyes
He saved the Union - and all his men
Look'd at each other with great relief -
Silent, upon a stillness at Appomattox


We posted our pre-emptive poem a few days before the Indictment was issued, but we are confident that the continuous drip of stories like the one you just posted, makes us think we are on the right path.

Gothamimage said...

Sorry to post too much,but this recalls an old, no forgotten incident - Cheney tried to prevent Qualye from attending National Sec. Council meetings at certain times, under Bush 1, when he was SecDef - he argued that the VP was too limited by the Constitution.

"collaborators of Dick Cheney"
-That phrase is good - must be a good translator.

Blogenfreude said...

Just saw somewhere that Cheney's favorable rating is at 19 (yes, that's NINETEEN) percent. Makes Bush's 35-37 seem positively gargantuan.

MikeJ said...

I can't think of any one issue that brings out the blatant hypocritical nature of this administration more than torture. Cheney, Bush and their pro-life lovin' cult cry bloody murder over gay marriage, but then conveniently forget to open their Bibles when it comes to torture. How can you justify torture - even if you're not religious?

This would be almost laughable, if it wasn't so damn sad. Even more sad is that NINETEEN percent actually give Cheney a favorable rating. I mean, shit, I'd hate to see who these nineteen percent find unfavorable!