In defense of war crimes

Remnants of Bush/Cheney (even Cheney himself) infested TV shows over the past few days to demonize the Obama administration for releasing classified documents about the previous administration’s use of torture. (I’m not sure why I even bother to watch these clips.)

That most of this info was already out there and available for awhile seemed of little consequence to those doing the demonizing. That the use of torture is a war crime didn’t seem to matter much either. They weren’t bothered that a civilized society, under Bush/Cheney’s leadership, would utilize these methods. They were only upset that the use of these methods, devised and perfected by the Khmer Rouge and Stalin, were officially made public.

Obama has made clear that those in charge will not be pursued, but pressure is beginning to grow for, at least for now, further investigations. “Nothing will be gained by spending our time and energy laying blame for the past,” he said. In other words, a battle he’s simply chosen not to fight.

So, all we can do is watch Jon Stewart:

Do you really have to waterboard somebody 183 times? I assume after 90 waterboardings the guy’s thinking ‘you’re not really drowning me.’

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