How can that Texan moron claim he’s trying to make the US more secure when even the miliary isn’t on board?
MSNBC passes along the joyous note that the US military had nearly 200 Taliban fighters in their sights in July — and did not strike.
Even though U.S. military officials in Afghanistan had positively identified those gathered as Taliban fighters, including some “high-level Taliban leaders,” they told NBC News they have “no regrets” in refusing to give the order to attack the gathering.
Why? Because, apparently, it’s forbidden to bomb cemeteries for fear of offending religious sensibilites (mysteriously, calling TwoT a “crusade” apparently doesn’t have that effect) or collateral damage.
Yeah, I guess killing dead people would be a no-no, huh?
Meanwhile ex-Sec’y of State Colin Powell has come out against Bush’s plan to handle the people he doesn’t personally like. Bush wants military tribunals for accused terrorists, which are not conducted as regular court trials and can include secret evidence. If that doesn’t sound so bad, consider that our justice system is part of our general constitutional and democratic government; are we willing to sidestep that in the name of these prosecutions? How much of the “moral high ground” do we yield before we sink beyond redemption?
Too goddamned bad it took Powell so long to grow a backbone. He needed that back in 2002.
UPDATE: The bill didn’t pass.
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