Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Bush vs. Genghis Khan

By: Harry Waisbren

Matthew Yglesias reports that even Genghis Khan of all people recognized the need to ban torture, noting that "under George W. Bush the United States of America is regressing to an understanding of humane treatment of people that doesn't reflect the enlightened views of Genghis Khan."

This point is particularly damning in light of former Navy general counsel Alberto Mora's testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee that described how "there are serving U.S. flag-rank officers who maintain that the first and second identifiable causes of U.S. combat deaths in Iraq — as judged by their effectiveness in recruiting insurgent fighters into combat — are, respectively the symbols of Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo." Check out video of his testimony below (via Think Progress):

Bush has no real defense of torture and can only resort to wild claims that his critics are slandering America. Plus, considering the premium such people place on protecting America from da terrorists, it is quite convenient that the whole torture crowd has also ignored how a FBI Special Agent has predicted that America is likely to be hit with a "catastrophic" attack as "revenge" for torture and Abu Ghraib. Way to go Bush: our president, doing his part to help "recruit a new generation of jihadist martyrs”.

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