(from AP, Dec. 11, 2008)
WASHINGTON – The physical and mental abuse of detainees in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was the direct result of Bush administration detention policies and should not be dismissed as the work of bad guards or interrogators, according to a bipartisan Senate report released Thursday.
The Senate Armed Services Committee report concludes that harsh interrogation techniques used by the CIA and the U.S. military were directly adapted from the training techniques used to prepare special forces personnel to resist interrogation by enemies that torture and abuse prisoners. The techniques included forced nudity, painful stress positions, sleep deprivation, and until 2003, waterboarding, a form of simulated drowning.
"The message from top officials was clear; it was acceptable to use degrading and abusive techniques against detainees."
Whenever B**h appears in the media, trying to vindicate himself for the past eight years, the kindest thing that can be said, I suppose, is that he created his own fantasy world and is still living in it. That fantasy realm is so ingrained in him that it could be mistaken for sheer lunacy.
But the implication of mental instability is a cop-out. Insanity is always a very risky plea: it depends upon the court or the jurors (in this case, historians and political analysts) and their definition of insanity.
B**h is not insane. He is incredibly stupid, but not insane. He was stupid enough to depend upon the title of "President" and that whatever he told the public, they would automatically believe. He was stupid enough to think that repeating the words Karl Rove told him to say - "Freedom", "Democracy", "God", "Terror," "Evil" - was enough to say to a country and a world about which HE...KNEW... NOTHING.
Eight years of fantasy. Eight years of denial.
And some people joined him in the imaginary world:
Lawrence Di Rita, a senior aide to former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld at the time the Abu Ghraib and other abuses took place, disputed the report.: ... "A relatively small number of people abused detainees, and they were brought to justice in criminal or civil proceedings."
Even Condoleeza Rice went along with the fantasy:
"A terrible disappointment."
“And I still believe that the overthrow of Saddam Hussein is going to turn out to be a great strategic achievement.''
The "objective" analysis has already been done: what B**h has been trying to do was to be the President of HIS dreams, not the country's. That may not sound "objective," but I believe it to be possible. For why else was he performing duties against advisers, against a plebiscite, against common sense?“I believe when people objectively analyze this administration, they'll say, `Well, I see now what he was trying to do,''' Bush said.
Just a thought.