There’s an old joke about a man who was came to a question on a visa application form that asked whether he supported “the overthrow of the government of the United States by force or violence.” He replied: “Violence.”
The Rumsfeld Defense Department seems to have the same idea. Confronted with the question of whether to obey the McCain Amendment’s ban on “cruel, inhuman, or degrading” treatment of prisoners, they’ve opted for “degrading.”
Where’s Senator Straight Talk in all this? Is he content to have written civilized behavior into the statute books without reference to whether it takes place in the field? Bush’s “signing statement” was virtually an open declaration that BushCo intended to violate the law anytime they wanted to. Yet the Senator seems unperturbed.
No, impeachment isn’t good enough. We need war crimes trials.