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December 21, 2008

Hold Rumsfeld accountable for terror

How many of us voted for change in this past election? Will we change our sanctioning of torture, terror, and terrorists?

If so, then Donald Rumsfeld must be held accountable for his crimes against humanity. How can our country fight against terror around the world when we employ terrorist tactics ourselves? A bipartisan report from the Senate Armed Services Committee has denounced Rumsfeld for his authorship of policies that OK’d torture techniques at Guantanamo Bay and other facilities (12/12, A-4, “Top officials faulted in detainee abuses”). He has made a travesty of our stand for human rights worldwide. Will President Bush resist the urge to pardon him?

If not, in the words of Pogo, we have met the enemy, and he is us.

Claire M. Caterer
Shawnee

Comments

GCYL

“…so will the Obama administration take a pass on holding anyone from the Bush administration accountable.”

“…As much as I would like to see Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld held legally accountable for their crimes, it ain't going to happen.”

The assumption here is that the Prosecution has a case let alone a slam dunk conviction.

“Once we start down that road, each new administration would waste a lot of time trying to prosecute members of the previous administration on shaky legal grounds.”

Strongly agree. America will always have a segment that firmly believes that the current administration is evil and/or unjust. The Clinton administration had to put up with it (still is oddly enough), the Bush administration had to put up with it and now, sadly, the future will hold the same for Obama’s administration. Our politicians would destroy this country by giving credence to this cycle of paranoia.

Engineer

It is reassuring to see viet-vet's, solomon's and TinaMcG's belief in that mainstay of our legal system "innocent untill proven guilty".

Casady

I agree with Dan for a change on this on. Bush fought the war on terror in a manner that he thought was best. Unfortunately, this did not include an emphasis on adressing the unrest along the Afghan/Pakistani border (i.e. Bin Laden territory).

In addition, while I did not vote for Obama, I am pleasantly surprised on how he is reaching across the aisle in an effort to deal with the most pressing issues facing us as a nation. This bipartisan approach leaves no room for instigating some trumped up inquisition into the previous administration. I for one am happy to see that he seems to be above that.

viet-vet1970

As much as I would like to see Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld held legally accountable for their crimes, it ain't going to happen.

Once we start down that road, each new administration would waste a lot of time trying to prosecute members of the previous administration on shaky legal grounds.

I think it's better for the Obama administration to fix the mistakes and failures of the Bush years, rather than trying to punish the halfwits responsible.

Dan Beyer

I've got a better idea. Why don't we turn on our brains and remember that Usama Bin Laden is responsible for terror.
Bu then we'd have to turn off the Cartoon Channel first and I don't see that happening.

TinaMcG

Just as Ford pardoned Nixon to spare the country from an ugly trial, so will the Obama administration take a pass on holding anyone from the Bush administration accountable. It just ain't gonna happen.

I am not out for vengeance in wanting to see Bushies held accountable for war crimes violations. I want justice. I don't want any future president or member of the cabinet to think he or she can break the law and get away with it because the American people don't have the stomach to prosecute. Are we a nation of laws or not?

solomon

An American held up for war crimes......might as well wait for somwthing possible, like Mugabe invited to a Rotary Club luncheon.

 
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