Sunday, May 27, 2007

Turning our military into thugs

"Grr, I'm Evil Asymmetrically Face-Scrunched Man! Torture torture torture!"
Image from The Raw Story

Let me get this: the War on Terror(TM) is an eternal war that is being fought everywhere. Now Cheney implicitly criticizes the notion that those caught in the War on Terror(TM) should have rights under the Geneva conventions:

"Capture one of these killers, and he'll be quick to demand the protections of the Geneva Convention and the Constitution of the United States," the Vice President said in the Saturday morning speech. "Yet when they wage attacks or take captives, their delicate sensibilities seem to fall away."

Cheney delivered the remarks in the context of moral and ethical lessons that the graduating cadets at West Point had learned in the course of their study.

So it seems that according to Cheney nobody captured in Iraq, Afghanistan, or anywhere else (as long as it's part of the War on Terror(TM), and these days, what isn't?) should be treated according to the Geneva Conventions. How eager these people are to destroy any notions of decency, and any claim The United States might have to moral authority. Send Cheney to The Hague.

HT: Sullivan, who I'll quote here:

In one of his most egregious statements yet, the vice-president attacked the Geneva Conventions at the West Point graduation. Sending this signal from the vice-president's office to the future officer corps is a staggering attack on the rule of law, American military honor and a virtual green flag for more torture. This war criminal must eventually be brought to justice.

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