Saturday, September 16, 2006
In his Rose Garden press conference Friday President Bush tossed the same threat that's worked for years for millions of other spoiled, petulant adolescents: "It's my ball, so either we play my way or there's no game." Except this isn't sandlot baseball we're talking about. It's the security of our nation. Bush clearly has trouble defending the United States unless he's able to break domestic law and violate the nearly 60-year-old Geneva Conventions.
"Well heck, I don't like being told what to do, ya know? I'm the president. I'm the decider. I make all the rules. I live in the White House, not you. I'm married to the First Lady, not you. I'm the boss, see? The top dog. The commandeerer-in-chief. The head guy. And I say we can spy on who we want to, and we can torture them A-rab terrorists (actually in BushSpeak pronounced as 'terrists') if I say its' ok. And if you're gonna rub them dang FISA laws and Geneva Conventions in my face, them I'm just gonna make the NSA, CIA and everyone else shut down all them dang programs. You see, we just can't be safe here in America unless I break the law and torture people!"
Bush's tactics for interrogating terror suspects has been under fire for some time, but only this week has it kicked into high gear when three prominent Republican Senators--John McCain (AZ), John Warner (VA) and Lindsey Graham (SC)--aided by former Secretary of State Colin Powell, vehemently opposed any legislation the Busheviks are seeking that would reinterpret key articles of the Geneva Conventions relating to the treatment of prisoners of war. The Supreme Court recently ruled that the provisions apply to terrorism suspects as well.
Specifically, Common Article 3 bars "outrages upon personal dignity." Bush is seeking to clarify the provision and asked Friday "What does that mean, ‘outrages upon human dignity’?" Honestly, Mr. President, do you really not know? Would you have a problem if one of your kids was stripped naked, with a black sack placed over her head, and dragged around on all fours by a chain? Or perhaps if she was kept awake for 48 hours in a dark room, with no food or water, while she was questioned? Or how about having her stand naked with fake electrical wires hanging from her arms as she thinks she's about to be electrocuted. Perhaps one of the Bush twins might enjoy a little Water-Boarding, where she's bound to an inclined board, feet raised, head slightly below feet, with cellophane wrapped over her face as water is poured over her as she gags and experiences a terrifying fear of drowning. Maybe then you might see all this as 'outrages upon human dignity?"
In his press conference, Bush threatened to scrap the CIA program for the interrogation of high-level terrorism suspects if Congress passed an alternative set of rules affording these suspects many of the same basic rights as other prisoners. He repeatedly referred to the intelligence "professionals" who allegedly support his policies. Yet the heads of all four branches of the U.S. military have voiced strong public opposition to Bush's proposed rules for greater coercive interrogation and prosecution of terrorists.
What Bush is failing to understand--which the military officials clearly do--is that by the U.S violating the Geneva Conventions, the Busheviks are putting our servicemen and women in grave danger throughout the world. Our enemies can and would perpetrate the same abuse and torture on our own soldiers. A simple concept indeed, but one the commander-in-chief is oblivious to.