I am among the enlightened ones who feel the entire Bush Administration should be tried for war crimes… and have felt this way for quite some time.
Today I read an article that further cemented that view.
Most of us remember the scandal of Abu Ghraib prison, back in 2004.
Prison guards- U.S. Military personnel- were accused of physically, psychologically and sexually abusing inmates… numerous pictures emerged, proving the allegations.
Immediately, the Bush Administration found itself on the defense, claiming that such treatment of fellow human beings was not condoned nor sanctioned by the United States of America.
They claimed that the actions of the guards were those of a few rogue “bad apples”… certainly nothing widespread, and definitely nothing that our great country would ever knowingly allow.
Ultimately, 12 guards were tried and convicted- dishonorably discharged- and sent to prison for the abuse.
Case closed, right?
Recently, and in what seemed an unrelated situation, ex-VP Dick Cheney raised a ruckus with the Obama Administration– an Administration that unlike its predecessor, stands strongly against torture,- and requested interrogation memos be made public.
This was a risky attempt by Cheney to “prove” to the American people that the use of torture has made our country- and those inhabiting it- safer.
Obama, ever the gentlemen, has released some of these memos.
The results, it seems, have back-fired on the GOP.
The GOP shot itself in the ass?
These memos, justifying the use of “enhanced interrogation”, give credence to what the convicted Abu Ghraib guards have been saying all along…
… They were merely following orders.
According to the memos, the Bush administration not only authorized and condoned the torturous abuse of inmates, it even hired psychologists- who have never interrogated a single soul- to the tune of $1,000 a day, to train our servicemen and women to use such tactics.
This is not a case of military personnel going berserk, needlessly torturing prisoners of their own accord…
Rather, this is a case of military personnel following the orders of their Commander in Chief.
How interesting that the Bush Administration worked so tirelessly to make our nation’s heroes- people like my cousin, my aunt and my uncle- scapegoats.
Lawyers for the guards are now working on an appeal of their clients’ convictions… and seek to have the dishonorable discharges expunged from their records.
The situation would be laughable, had so many of our own military not lost their freedom as a result of it.
How can the Bush Administration claim that torture is justified, and is making us safer, when just a few short years ago they were accusing the men and women who were doing it, of being bad apples?
If these “enhanced interrogation” techniques are so kosher, why did those in the know not stand up for these people?
Why not laud them as heroes?
Why throw them so thoroughly under the bus?
The answer is simple.
Bush, and cronies, knew the torture of fellow human beings was wrong…
… And yet they condoned it, authorized it- ordered it- anyway.
These are the “ideals” and principles the GOP clings so strongly to today… they are fighting tirelessly to preserve the use of torture- physical, mental and sexual abuse- and they are fighting for the right to blame my heroes for the behavior.
They then wonder why their way of life, their very party, is completely falling apart.
That, my friends, is why I say good riddance to the Grand Old Party.