Monday, June 05, 2006

Don Rumsfeld's monstrosities...

Only a chickenhawk who never saw combat (but who likes to direct torture via video-phone) would seek to defend the omission of key provisions from the Geneva Convention:

The Pentagon has decided to omit from new detainee policies a key tenet of the Geneva Convention that explicitly bans "humiliating and degrading treatment," according to knowledgeable military officials, a step that would mark a further, potentially permanent, shift away from strict adherence to international human rights standards.
I am convinced that Rumsfeld actually likes torture--that he gets some kind of faux-macho thrill from it. Makes him feel tough.

Leaving aside that such omission opens up captured American service-men and -women to analogous treatment--which is the reason that the State Department adamantly opposes the changes--do we no longer believe at all in America as a "shining city on a hill"? Are we really no better than the fanatics who decapitate civilians on videotape?

Evidently not. What a crew of monsters.

[Edited to add:]

Gen John Batiste agrees.

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