Thursday, March 16, 2006

War is hell

I'm of the mind that censure is a waste of time and the Dems should be going straight to impeachment. Nonetheless, it's good to see Tom Harkin get on board for Feingold's resolution.

Feingold may be our best hope for accountability. It appears we can no longer count on the judiciary. Spineless wonder, the Hon. David Trager of US District Court in NY, dismissed a lawsuit for damages by a Canadian citizen, Maher Arar. You of course remember he's the guy who was nabbed by the CIA at Kennedy airport and spent a year on an all expense paid extraordinary rendition holiday in Syria where he was tortured daily and then finally released without being charged with a thing.

Judge Trager stated in his decision, "the coordinate branches of our government [executive and legislative] are those in whom the Constitution imposes responsibility for our foreign affairs and national security. Those branches have the responsibility to determine whether judicial oversight is appropriate." So much for an independent judiciary. Heck, who needs checks and balances anyway when you can have an imperial president? And this guy's a Clinton appointee. Maybe Hillary told him to back off.

And this ought to win a lot more hearts and minds on the Arab Street. The US is launching its largest air strike since the invasion of Iraq. This will of course lead to more stories like this.
A U.S.-led raid on a suspected terror site Wednesday killed 11 civilians, including five children, according to Iraqi police. The U.S. military claimed the death toll from the strike north of Balad was four.
Four or eleven, I have a feeling those Iraqi families aren't going to be throwing roses. Not that the average American will ever see the death toll anyway. Fox News will just tell them we be bombing the bejebus out of those evil terrorists and they'll be happy enough.

Meanwhile, Iraq's newly elected (three months ago) parliament met for the first time Thursday and adjourned after 30 minutes. They swore themselves in and went home. They now have 60 days to pick a new government. I'm betting it takes them that long just to figure out the seating arrangement at the negotiating table.

Why should they be in a hurry? It's our money keeping the country together right now.
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2 Comments:

Blogger Left of Center said...

We need to get small victories, censure is thast small victory. baby steps

10:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Libby said...

I don't know what happened to my last comment. I swear I posted one yesterday. Anyway, I'm not against censure, I'm just ready for a bigger step. I feel like censure is more of a distraction than a solution.

It feels a little wimpy at a time when the Dems need to show some strength.

9:33:00 AM  

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