So, that plan to avoid blogging about politics for the next week…yeah…not working out all that well. (Via The New York TImes.)
Last September, Mitt Romney’s advisers were so determined to attack President Obama from every direction and to revive long-discredited neo-con theories about interrogation that they actually encouraged the candidate to come out strongly pro-torture in his presidential campaign.
In what The Times’ Charlie Savage describes as a “near-final draft” of a memo, Romney advisers denounced Mr. Obama’s executive order on interrogation (which instructed interrogators to hew to the Army Field Manual, i.e. to legal techniques). They also urged Mr. Romney to pledge that, upon taking office, he would rescind that order.
You know…I don’t like being the kind of motherfucker who says that something bad is going to happen and then when the bad thing happens says “I told you so”.
Well now, I have to be that motherfucker.
This is what I wrote in February of 2009…
But the sadder fact is that Obama (And believe me, I don’t like writing this any more than you will like reading this.) been kind of a pussy about this. Giving the same boilerplate answer that if crimes were committed, they prosecute but at the same time, we need to look forward not back.
I can understand taking that tact during the transition. After all, Bush was still in office and in a position to keep breaking shit.
But now Obama’s been in office for a month, he’s closed Gitmo, ordered an end to torture and shut down the CIA black sites. It’s a good start but it’s not enough.
If he fails to prosecute the people responsible for this, the next time the wrong people gain power (And make no mistake, that possibility always exists!!) these practices will return!
As the saying goes, no justice, no peace!
Yep. I told you so.
Now I know how Paul Krugman feels every day.
So far, Mr. Romney has had the good sense not to follow this recommendation–at least not to a T. But in December he said he supported “enhanced interrogation techniques which go beyond those that are in the military handbook right now.” And he has said more than once that he favors waterboarding, a so-called “enhanced interrogation technique” which the United States government considered torture until the Bush administration decided it was not.
Let me put this in the bluntest terms possible.
The fact that these mendacious, scum-sucking Neo-Con sons of bitches are advising a current presidential campaign and not cooling their heels in prison is a black mark on this country.
And sadly, Obama is the one who put it there.
In an attempt to try to gain cooperation from the GOP, (And golly gee, didn’t that work out so well.) Obama let the Neo-cons slide on torture and as a result, they’re going to try to use Romney to bring it back.
To to keep the tortures out, I have to vote for the guy who let them get away with it in the first place.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to punch myself in the nuts to sleep.