Carol Platt Liebau: Mindboggling

Tuesday, June 14, 2005


Vice President Cheney speaks sense on the issue of closing Guantanamo -- specifically, that "those who are most urgently advocating that we shut down Guantanamo probably don't agree with our policies anyway." True enough. Who honestly thinks that moving the prison would eliminate criticism from the likes of the morally-stunted Amnesty International? Or even, sadly, from the International Red Cross -- whose impartiality is now being credibly called into question?

What's most stunning is the quote by Patrick Leahy that concludes the linked article. Vermont's senator is quoted as saying, "We want other countries to adhere to the rule of law. And in Guantanamo, we are not." Granted, Leahy is not known for his discretion -- he was forced to resign from the Senate Intelligence Committee after leaking a preliminary copy of the Iran Contra report. But at least back then we were not at war. Here, his lack of judgment and proportion has provided America's enemies with priceless (and ill-informed) propaganda. He has no shame. He is a disgrace to the US Senate.


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