Torture is torture, Bush Ought to Be Tried

November 5, 2010

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(ChattahBox Op/Ed News) – Man, George W Bush’s new book, “Decision Points” is going to be a treasure trove of articles and outrage. Recently I wrote an article on G Dub’s worst moment in his presidency, the moment when he was insulted by rapper Kanye West. Yep, that was his worst moment. Here’s the latest outrage coming from Bush’s revisionist book.

A new report by the Washington Post, shows that Bush personally approved torture in the form of waterboarding,. First on Khalid Sheik Mohammed (KLM) then on two other prisoners. Let’s be clear here I don’t harbor any soft fuzzy spots for the 9/11 plotter. It is my sincere hope that once given a fair trial that he gets his wish to meet his maker sooner rather than later.

We can argue all we want about the circumstances and the need to extract information which might have saved American lives. Unfortunately most experts agree that torture does not work. The tortured gives any useless bit of information in order for the agony to stop. Then it takes valuable time and resources to to verify the information’s veracity. In the meantime the torture pauses and the prisoner develops new strategies to deceive his tormentors. It’s also known that non-torture interrogation techniques are more effective. But the value of torture is not the issue here. The issue here is a US president fully admitting that he broke US and international law by approving the use of torture.

At the end of WWII the United States tried, convicted and hanged Japanese soldiers for waterboarding US soldiers. Why the double standard? If we used the excuse that we tortured KSM in order to save lives why couldn’t the Japanese use the same arguement? The reason is torture is an affront to human dignity and the United States is better than that. Well, we were better than that until a bunch of paranoid thugs called neocons took over the White House.

It is a pity that President Obama and the Democratic led congress did not hold hearings on torture once they assumed power. I understand the long standing practice that new presidents don’t go digging up dirt of old presidents because one day you’ll be the old president. I say that’s hogwash. Presidents have to make the most difficult decisions imaginable. They must decide what’s best for the country and have little room for error. This does not mean they leave their moral compass at home before being sworn in. Bush should be investigated. If it’s found that his administration broke the law, so be it. Let them be convicted. That’s the law.

The country I believe in. The country that I served in the US Army for, is and should be held to a higher standard. We must be the country which holds human dignity as a sacred tenet. And any man, President or Joe, for whatever reason should be held responsible if that sacred tenet is broken.


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