Saturday, November 06, 2010

Bush admits war crimes. You know and I know nothing will come of it

Welcome to the Modern World. If your side does it, it's torture. If our side does it, it's "the choice between security and values".

War crime tribunals are just for the losers.

Bush reveals the decision points that led him to choose waterboarding as an interrogation technique.

"CIA experts drew up a list of interrogation techniques. ... At my direction, Department of Justice and CIA lawyers conducted a careful legal review. The enhanced interrogation program complied with the Constitution and all applicable laws, including those that ban torture.

"There were two that I felt went too far, even if they were legal. I directed the CIA not to use them. Another technique was waterboarding, a process of simulated drowning. No doubt the procedure was tough, but medical experts assured the CIA that it did no lasting harm."

Though Bush confirms that he knew the use of waterboarding would one day become public, and acknowledges that it is "sensitive and controversial," he asserts that "the choice between security and values was real," and expresses firm confidence in his decision. "Had I not authorized waterboarding on senior al Qaeda leaders, I would have had to accept a greater risk that the country would be attacked. In the wake of 9/11, that was a risk I was unwilling to take," he writes.

And there you have it folks. American has lost its moral lead in the world. Gone forever.

Thus are war crimes justified.

Thanks Bush, heck of a job.

My prediction: Bush was just a warm up. The real horrors committed by the West are yet to come this century, now that we have that nasty torture stigma out of the way....

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