I do not need a politician to stand up for civil rights, the rule of law, international treaties signed by the US and the US Constitution when it’s popular. I need them to stand up for those things when it’s difficult.
I’ve mentioned before that for a long time I was against impeachement for Bush and Cheney, then I changed my mind because of the enormity of their crimes. For quite a while now, I think that at least Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld should be tried as war criminals. I don’t know that Wolfowitz and Bremer, who more than anyone outside the evil three screwed up Iraq, can be held liable ofr ciminal negligence in government, but who would have expected the party of Lincoln to sink so low?
At least there’s the Democrats right? Now we have Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, essentially the real current leader of the Democratic Party. Now we learn that here she is attacking the Bush administration for torture while back in 2002 she was briefed in detail on the torture techniques used by the CIA. According to the Washington Post report, an administration official who was present at the briefings said:
“In fairness, the environment was different then because we were closer to Sept. 11 and people were still in a panic,” said one U.S. official present during the early briefings. “But there was no objecting, no hand-wringing. The attitude was, ‘We don’t care what you do to those guys as long as you get the information you need to protect the American people.’ “
Fairness? Screw that! Like I said in the opening sentence, I do not care how close we were to September 11. I said earlier that I would not vote for Hillary Clinton because of her failure of moral courage on the Iraq vote. Now I feel like Nancy Pelosi and everyone who is tainted with anything like seeing torture briefings and not speaking out, voting to give Bush unlimited authority to use military force or any other action that makes them complicit in the debacle of the last seven years should just be kicked out of office.