Sunday, April 19, 2009

Cozying up to dictators and America's hostiles...

After curtsying to the Saudi King and all but fist-bumping with Chavez, I don't ever again want to hear about Bush shaking hands with Saudi royalty (as if preceding American presidents have not done so) and Rumsfeld shaking hands with Saddam....

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (R) gives U.S. President Barack Obama a copy of "Las Venas Abiertas de America Latina" by author Eduardo Galeano during a meeting at the Summit of the Americas in Port of Spain, Trinidad April 18, 2009.

REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Paling around with lefty dictators

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Blogger Chuck said...

He was just thanking him for the anti-American book

Monday, April 20, 2009 5:54:00 AM  
Blogger The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

Birds of a feather stick together !

Monday, April 20, 2009 7:16:00 AM  
Blogger shoprat said...

It isn't so much that he likes dictators as that he envies them and wants to be like them.

Monday, April 20, 2009 11:34:00 AM  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

I guess I have to chalk it up to my complete lack of understanding of Liberals' abject FASCINATION with despots, dictators and MALE tyrants.


Monday, April 20, 2009 1:38:00 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

Well said Wordsmith!! And its nice to know that by accepting Chavez's book Obama helped it climb up Amazon's list to the #2 spot. So nice to know that we have so many patriotic Obama/Chavez supporters here in the U.S.

Monday, April 20, 2009 9:51:00 PM  
Blogger Average American said...

He admires all those foreign control-freakoids and aspires to be just like them. He is as much a pain in the ass to American patriotic citizens as a pimple on a hemmorroid.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 3:06:00 PM  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

And PUBLICLY Chavez purposely embarrasses Obama with the book, and Obama smiles and takes it UTA.


Wednesday, April 22, 2009 7:56:00 AM  
Blogger rockybutte said...

The preceding comments are trivial and adolescent.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 3:54:00 PM  
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Thursday, April 23, 2009 7:12:00 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

The preceding comment is trivial and adolescent. :)

Agreed, Wordsmith. The liberals should shut up about Bush now, but we know that it won't happen, don't we?

Thursday, April 23, 2009 7:15:00 AM  
Anonymous rockybutte said...

The legal system is not done with Bush and his henchpeople. Even Boehner admits that torture took place. Justice must be served.

Thursday, April 23, 2009 9:31:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Give me a break! Lawyers were consulted and serious deliberations made. Reading the memos, what comes across to me is how carefully we proceeded. It hardly justifies the mass hysteria and insistence that what took place amounts to torture.

Since when do we criminalize policy disputes, anyway?

America was kept safe since 9/11, and part of the reasons why is because of hard decisions made under the Bush Administration, which included showing respect for the Geneva Convention by not allowing terrorists the same status as uniformed soldiers of an enemy state.

Thursday, April 23, 2009 11:07:00 PM  
Blogger rockybutte said...

Our nation prosecuted Japanese after WW2 who waterboarded American prisoners. GIs who waterboarded Vietnamese were ordered to cease and desist. American police and other public safety officials who waterboarded prisoners have been investigated and charged.

The policy originated in the White House, probably in the west wing. Crimes were committed and justice will be served.

Friday, April 24, 2009 3:23:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

The real question is whether anybody broke any laws; and if so, was the law broken willingly and knowingly?

Do we know if these individuals were actually convicted of waterboarding as an offense independent of the other things that they were charged with?

We hear “they were convicted” but do we really know what they were convicted of?

As we all know, juries return guilty/not guilty mixed verdicts all the time.

Most of those prosecutions were for things above and beyond waterboarding. Two Japanese soldiers were charged with waterboarding exclusively. The one who waterboarded an American soldier was found innocent. The other, who waterboarded an American civilian, was convicted.

However, regardless of the verdicts against the Japanese soldiers, they were charged under provisions of the GC’s which specifically do not cover the individuals in question in this discussion.

The US is a signatory of the Geneva Conventions. Japan was too. Hence the prosecution of the Japanese soldiers you asked about earlier.

Al Queda is NOT a signatory of the GC, hence they are not covered or protected by it.

Furthermore, they are not protected because their jihadis fight out of uniform and hide among civilians.

The people we are talking about are specifically excluded from GC protections.

To give them equal status to that of uniformed soldiers of states is to endanger civilians. It doesn't honor the purposes of the Geneva Convention in the slightest.

The policy originated in the White House, probably in the west wing. Crimes were committed and justice will be served.What crimes?!?!

Friday, April 24, 2009 9:50:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Even Boehner admits that torture took placeApparently Boehner was merely using liberals' own language for the sake of communication. I do it myself, but sometimes will put the word in quotations, just to be clear.

Saturday, April 25, 2009 3:52:00 PM  
Blogger rockybutte said...

The party of "personal responsibility" rarely takes responsibility for its transgressions, or even for spoken words. Rep. Boehner was forced by the "liberals" to use the word torture, when he would have preferred to use an evasive euphemism. Maybe the "liberal media" dubbed in the word, torture.

Sunday, April 26, 2009 10:50:00 AM  

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