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Thursday, June 17

Can I Stop Complaining Yet?

I guess someone saw my previous headline. Ten Harvard Law professors drafted a letter to congress (it was signed by 300 law professors nationally) that urges Congress to address human rights violations in Iraq.
The letter cites current international humanitarian laws that authors say are being violated in Iraq, including the Third and Fourth Geneva Conventions and the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. The letter said that though executive branch officials have admitted that interrogation methods used in Iraq may have violated international and domestic law, the prosecution of lower level personnel has been insufficient....

The letter also calls for the prosecution and punishment of those who violate humanitarian law, asking for the “impeachment and removal from office of any civil officer of the United States responsible” for these crimes. -Boston Globe 6/16/04

I'm no Star Jones, but from what we witnessed during the Clinton Administration, I still maintain that this administration needs its butt kicked. There will be people out there of course who say that torture isn't as bad as a blow job but that is a lie because most men would agree that nothing is better. But I digress.

Interestingly, Ted Kennedy isn't going along with this plan to impeach anyone as he feels it's best to just elect John Kerry. Well that would be one way to do it if we were assured that our electoral process wasn't so flawed.

One good thing is that people in high places are finally speaking out. "We all believe that current administration policies have failed in the primary responsibilities of preserving national security and providing world leadership," said a statement signed by the 27 retired officials. "We need a change."

This criticism came from a group that included members of both major political parties, two former ambassadors to the Soviet Union and a retired chairman of the military Joint Chiefs of Staff. They didn't call for impeachment like I did. I don't understand why they are so reluctant to call for that but they did say this:
Bush has maintained an "overbearing" approach to foreign policy that relied excessively on military power, spurned the concerns of U.S. traditional allies and disdained the United Nations.

"It justified the invasion of Iraq by manipulation of uncertain intelligence about weapons of mass destruction, and by a cynical campaign to persuade the public that Saddam Hussein was linked to al Qaeda and the attacks of September 11," it said. "The evidence did not support this argument."

That's true and I covered this in my last post yesterday. It's even been proven by Bush's own 9/11 Commission. I doubt we'll see any of this on Fox News, but then I won't be watching that channel because it puts both my TV and my health at risk.

More lashes at BushCo: "Ronald Reagan's family is criticizing the use of the late president's image in a conservative political ad endorsing President George W. Bush."

Ron Reagan Jr became my hero last week at his fathers funeral when he said, "Dad was also a deeply, unabashedly religious man. But he never made the fatal mistake of so many politicians - wearing his faith on his sleeve to gain political advantage. True, after he was shot and nearly killed early in his presidency he came to believe that God had spared him in order that he might do good. But he accepted that as a responsibility, not a mandate. And there is a profound difference."

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