Thursday, October 06, 2005

Vetoing democracy

I'm simply amazed...
 
We have a president who (now) justifies the war in Iraq on the premise that we're "spreading democracy and bringing freedom" to its inhabitants -- with the hope of that freedom spreading to the larger middle east.
 
Wouldn't it seem prudent then not to do things perceived as going against the values of a free society? To actually put our values into practice and demonstrate them -- especially with our enemies?
 
John McCain, the Republican senator from my home state has appended a bill which "regulates the detention, interrogation and treatment of prisoners held by the American military." It would seem that McCain, a former POW in Vietnam, understands more about our values as Americans than our "values president" who seems to view the world through some kind of rose colored glasses in which all of the worlds inhabitants will understand the need for the disconnect between our rhetoric and our actions.

Today, the White House spokesman, Scott McClellan, said that President Bush will likely veto the defense budget if the amendment remains part of the spending bill.

"We have put out a Statement of Administration Policy saying that his advisors would recommend that he vetoes it if it contains such language," said Mr. McClellan.

More than two dozen retired senior military officers, including Colin L. Powell and John M. Shalikashvili, two former chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, endorsed the amendment, which would ban use of "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment" against anyone in United States government custody.

I'm sure the house will try to strip the amendment from the spending bill.
 
But what kind of leader claims the moral high ground while insisting to keep his options open with regard to torture?
 
I think McCain sums up my feelings best:

Mr. McCain, who was a prisoner of war in the Vietnam War, added in closing Wednesday night: "Many of my comrades were subjected to very cruel, very inhumane and degrading treatment, a few of them even unto death. But every one of us - every single one of us - knew and took great strength from the belief that we were different from our enemies."

Apparently some Americans still believe we are different from our enemies... I only wish our president was one of them.

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Capt. Fogg said...

It's good to see McCain remembering which pocket he left his sense of decency in.

S.C.A.L.E.S. said...

Rick,

Whats interesting is I heard a clip on NPR from Bush today talking about how these terrorist have an agenda take over everything from the middle east to Spain. And how it was necessary for us to stay the course in Iraq. The only person I see with any agenda is Bush.

Reign of Reason said...

It is interesting how our president says the terrorists have an agenda (and they do), but he doesn't see how our actions in the Middle East could be perceived by them as furthing our "agenda"...

Look in the mirror Mr. President: your policies are feeding the monster.

Reign of Reason said...

Saw this on another blog --

Jesus is said to have admonished us to love our enemies, the atheist Nietzsche warned us against becoming the enemies we fight against. Militant American Fundamentalists don’t seem to listen to either of them