20
Jan
09

War Crimes: Investigate, Prosecute, Enforce The Law You Were Trained In

Mr. President,

Don’t walk away.  They have dropped all pretense – they admitted to torture.  They even used the word.  It’s not ambiguous.  It’s not convenient, it’s not expedient, but it is the only reason I voted for you. I expect you to know why and how to redress the war crimes and gross structural distortions of and by the previous administration’s executive branch.

Yoo.  Mukasey.  Addington.  Cheney.  Rumsfeld.  Bush.  Gonzalez.  A list of atrocious thugs who warped and distorted the executive branch, lowering this government to ethical equivalence with that of Egypt’s with their outrageous justifications for torture and extraordinary rendition.

Don’t be civil.  Make the lawyers scramble to get lawyers.  Make the oilmen reshuffle their 2009 schedules.

Make them pay for what they did in our name.  For pimping this country to the shameful depths of Pinochet’s Chile.  Show the people who put you there that your legal training was not merely a leg up to personal ambition.

It’s true that the core of the neocon war hawks saw what the executive branch could get away with when they were starting their careers under Ford.  They saw Ford pardon Nixon to end the country’s “long national nightmare” of Watergate.

He didn’t end a damn thing.  As soon as those craven pricks – Cheney, Rumsfled, Wolfowitz – returned to the White House, the atrocities began.  Wars of choice based on lies, the sneering at the rule of law.  Giving al-Quaeda everything they demanded, giving Saudi Arabia nothing they deserved.  And pocketing personal windfalls the whole time.

When they were junior staffers in the Ford White house, Ford taught them they could get away with it – whatever “it” was.

They had to think they could get away with it – no other mindset could be behind what we saw 2001-2009.

Teach them otherwise, Senior Lecturer.

Advertisements

0 Responses to “War Crimes: Investigate, Prosecute, Enforce The Law You Were Trained In”



  1. Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Categories

Email

rob [at] warmowski [dot] com

@warmowski on Twitter

Rob at Huffington Post

Rob on Chicago White Sox Baseball

Rob on Chicago foibles at True/Slant

Rob’s Bands

Rob Warmowski entry at Chicago Punk Database
1984-89: Defoliants
1991-94: Buzzmuscle
2001-05: San Andreas Fault
2008- : Sirs
2008- : Allende
January 2009
M T W T F S S
« Dec   Feb »
 1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031  

%d bloggers like this: