If he does the full metal neocon as he is being urged to, he should not be deluded in believing the GOP will in any way support him. They will oppose him every step of every initiative. They will call him incompetent if Afghanistan deteriorates, they will call him a terrorist-lover if he withdraws, they will call him a traitor if he does not do everything they want, and they will eventually turn on him and demand withdrawal, just as they did in the Balkans with Clinton. Obama’s middle way, I fear, is deeper and deeper into a trap, and the abandonment of a historic opportunity to get out.
Pretty much. Also, for some reason, lots of people were ending up on this post I wrote earlier about W’s Iraq surge.
In all, 98 detainees have died while in US hands. Thirty-four homicides have been identified, with at least eight detainees – and as many as 12 – having been tortured to death, according to a 2006 Human Rights First report that underwrites the researcher’s posting. The causes of 48 more deaths remain uncertain.
The researcher, John Sifton, worked for five years for Human Rights Watch. In a posting Tuesday, he documents myriad cases of detainees who died at the hands of their US interrogators. Some of the instances he cites are graphic.
How did we get here? More importantly, how is it that we accept ‘here’ as being morally, legally, and ethically acceptable? Continue reading →