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November 16, 2005


At each turn of the page, the Republican nightmare becomes more and more bizarre. I can hardly wait to hear the next set of "talking points" issued by Karl.

Scotty quotes Karl: "Hey, if this is really TRUE, well, it's not good. But remember, you have to see this torture prison thing a sign of PROGRESS in Iraq! Not too long ago these things would be SECRET? See? The real story here, guys, is that FREEDOM is on the march, and for that we all should be grateful and not keep being unpatriotic by spreading lies about how we got into Iraq in the first place."

Absolutely sickening. But you know something like this is coming from Rove, and from the rest of those Republican assholes.

Chuck hagel takes offense at going after critics of the war. Enlightened self-interest, but Bush can't even keep the R's lined up. See "Tide Turning in GOP Senators' War View".

same WaPo link – leading means running in front of the parade:

The amendment by the Senate faces an uncertain future. But as political symbolism, the action yesterday showed the determination of the Senate to demand more from the administration. It also underscored how much elected officials are worried about public anxiety over the war. "That is where the public is," Lindsay said, "and the senators were making sure they were on the right side of the political debate."

Your link to No on Gonzales demonstrates the obvious point that none of the mainstream media and so few blogs have so far taken note of: U.S. policy was a model for those secret torture chambers that the U.S. is now so intent on finding every single one of.

Republicans (and the go-along faction of the Democratic Party, with that pathetic Joe Lieberman as the leading light) are too damned late to be on the "right side of the debate." Over the past three years they've had numerous opportunities, and they've repeatedly failed.

I don't want to hear any more excuses. Every one of them who hasn't publicly regretted her or his vote for the IWR, who hasn't publicly excoriated U.S. torture doctrine, who hasn't made clear that the war was the wrong morally and strategically, and that America has been and is now doing more harm than good in the so-called war on terror is officially dead to me.

Let's remember this from George Bush's 2003 State of the Union speech:

"All told, more than 3,000 suspected terrorists have been arrested in many countries. Many others have met a different fate. Let's put it this way -- they are no longer a problem to the United States and our friends and allies."

That shocking line alone, about which I don't recall a single word of public protest, puts the lie to any idea that this was not administration policy, set at the top.

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