With the latest disclosure of the Defense Department's reluctance to support an independent investigation into the killing of (at least) hundreds of civilians in
With the failure to find WMD in
The Uzbek government has admitted that 173 people were killed on May 13 in Andijan but independent witnesses and human rights organizations put the number of victims at between 500 and 1,000. Human Rights Watch, for instance, has called the incident a "massacre." Karimov has portrayed the killings as a necessary response to a revolt by Islamic extremists.
At least some in our government are calling for accountability. A group of senators, four Republican and two Democrats, wrote a letter to the administration urging it to reconsider its relationship with the Uzbek’s.
"Particularly after freedom's advances in
The real issue here is, again, this administration's innate ability to get the public to believe in a policy vision that it portrays (i.e. – spreading freedom) while simultaneously pursuing policy that’s antithetical to that vision.
Are we becoming mindless puppies? Following, without question, where-ever our leaders go?
The problem I see is that the more the public silently accepts or explains-away these disconnects between stated policy and action, the more that public gives up exercising that freedom. And once you stop ‘acting’ free – you really aren’t free.