Sunday, December 28, 2008

Cheney Not Merely Evil, He's A Confessed War Criminal

By Manifesto Joe

Now that Christmas is over, so is my brief spirit of holiday forgiveness. Some things are unforgivable. "Vice President" Dick Cheney is one of those things.

It's obscene that this man isn't in prison by now, let alone that he's still in office. It's not a mystery, though. The abilities of, and inclination for, investigation of the executive branch for high crimes and misdemeanors have been greatly diminished.

Cheney has essentially admitted that he lied the U.S. into the Iraq invasion, which resulted in over a million deaths. So he's now a confessed mass murderer.

Here's video of Keith Olbermann on this subject, plus the vicious beating of the shoe-throwing Iraqi journalist. (So much for nation-building.)

In this second video, also from Olbermann's Countdown on MSNBC, constitutional law Professor Jonathan Turley indicates that not only Cheney, but Il Doofus himself, could perhaps be vulnerable to prosecution for war crimes in their authorization of waterboarding. Cheney has just about flatly confessed:

I'll be blunt. I understand it's going to be hard to get a lot of people excited about bringing this rogues gallery to justice in coming years. Memories are short. Also, the vast majority of people who were victims of these policy decisions were brown-skinned and not Americans.

But, to quote Professor Turley, what has been undermined in the past eight years has to do with who we are, as Americans. The Obama administration should put prosecutions of this kind on a burner, even if it has to be a back one.

Manifesto Joe Is An Underground Writer Living In Texas.


DanRatherLied said...

How come these Liberal blogs are so worried about the terrorist' "rights" but they have nothing to say about the rights of the 3,000 of our citizens who died on that terrible day in 2001?
President Bush is correct: you can NEVER negotiate or compromise with the terrorists. The ONLY way to deal with the terrorist is to completely and totally destroy them.
It's a shame you Liberals haven't grasped this reality.

Manifesto Joe said...

That, as opposed to an approach of incompletely and partially destroying them? (Sort of like what was done with bin Laden and al Qaeda before Bush & Co. got sidetracked?)

And, 60-plus years of that approach of annihilation has certainly brought peace to the Middle East, hasn't it?

And, after that, exactly what distinguishes us Americans from the terrorists?

And, aren't you missing an essential point about the Iraq war, one that all players in the Bush administration except Cheney have admitted -- that Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with 9-11?

Jack Jodell said...

Mr. Lied completely misses the point. EVERYBODY is against the Bin Laden terrorism of 9/11, but liberals in particular are upset that we dropped the ball by letting him get away, never capturing him or finishing the job in Afghanistan, and then we attacked and invaded a country without provocation and under false pretenses. As far as "protecting terrorists' rights" is concerned, a number of the Guantanamo detainees are NOT terrorists or al Qaeda members. Kidnapping and holding these people without charge of trial is an action directly opposed to what this country is supposed to be all about! Not only that, it is a crime against humanity! Cheney, Bush, Rumsfeld, Yoo, and Wolfowitz are indeed all war criminals. Rice and John Bolton are accessories to the fact. Each should be placed on trial as were those in Nuremberg after WW II!

opit said...

Troll at the top of the list.
Those 101st Fighting Keyboarders are ubiquitous. Dumb as posts - but commenting all over.
I thought Blue Girl pretty well nailed the problem with summing up the Department of Just Us.
If you seriously think the Texas mafia ( I'll bet you won't take that as an accurate characterization - though I'm damned if I can find a better explanation for their power ) can't keep public officials off their ass after decades of practice...
Regardless, nobody would give prosecutorial action a ghost of a chance while GWB holds the reins.
Obama ? Don't hold your breath.
Have you never wondered that a generation of hell-raisers bound and determined to fix crazy shit going on in their country ( I'm talkin' drug-usin' free lovin' hippie-people here ) couldn't get any traction ?
60 college students were killed at Kent State.The country was an uproar of protests in the 60's. People were mad as hell.
'Nam...dragged on anyway. I've run across some pretty crazy online posts as to why. That's crazy as in scary. You do remember the CIA has been referred to as Murder Inc., right ?
If you mentally picture the Bush gang with horns and tails, you pretty much understand my opinion of them : but the big picture of worldwide destruction is just not understood because of secrecy.
I've sampled lots of unusual sources - including Texas bloggers - in my web wanderings. No holds are barred.
Consider the library open.
The stuff I consider best, though, is most likely under Links.The blog could be considered some kind of screenshot of topical news - but the timeline is too short.