George W. Bush for Illegal Acts
You have omitted,
whether intentionally or not, one of the most significant impediments, from
Obama's point of view, to a full-scale investigation of Bushco war crimes and,
in the Valerie Plame case, outright treason: The complicity of the Democrats.
The illegal spying program was cleared with Jay Rockefeller, Nancy Pelosi,
Dianne Feinstein, et al., and they passed on it. How hard would it have been
to tell Bush to stop within a week or suffer exposure, alert the AG (for all
the good that would have done), and then defend against any official secrets
prosecution on choice-of-evils grounds? How hard would it have been to write
to the AG and demand suspension of the spying program pending an internal investigation?
~ Larry Olstad
the Arab-Israeli War Home
a bit disingenuous for Michael Scheuer to be so cavalier about the slaughter
going on in Gaza right now. Scheuer wants so very much to pretend that the
murderous bombing of Gaza happened in a vacuum, entirely disconnected from
American influence and decision-making. He knows full well that the slaughter
in Gaza and the continued occupation of the Palestinians is a Made-in-America
project from start to finish. The entire Zionist enterprise would have collapsed
long ago if the U.S. hadn't taken on the yoke of Israel's protector back in
the 1960s and even before.
while dozens if not hundreds of children and mothers are dying mercilessly
from American-made tanks and jets and bombs, it's totally insensitive of him
to have written that it would be so much nicer if an uninvolved America could
simply be "marveling over the madness of two religions fighting to the death
over a barren sandpit at the eastern end of the Mediterranean." Well, isn't
that what's going on now? Passing on such historically inaccurate characterizations
of that battle, though it isn't the focus of his article, dehumanizes those
who have paid with their lives for the crime of simply trying to live.
~ Sellam Ismail
Liberals' Grand Bargain
the current refinements to U.S. military projection demonstrate are two very
important facts. First, the wars the former administration began are going
to take a long time to sort out; they have emboldened both Iran and Israel
in their recent actions, and the entire flirtation with chaos is likely going
to expand beyond our means to control the outcome. Second, and most importantly,
Washington, D.C., is Washington, D.C.-occupied territory. A government that
willfully and determinedly creates a budget that is dominated by the Pentagon
and Social Security is a nation that is marking time, concentrating on death,
and ignoring the future. This devil-may-care concern for the future is underscored
by a Treasury Department that considers the printing press to be a tool of
sordid Guantanamo fiasco to a close is a positive development that is long
overdue, and the president deserves praise for doing so. However, this leaves
the larger issue about the diminishing returns of state militarism, and if
we review first impressions, it does not appear that it will go away under
There is no conspiracy
here, just good old-fashioned late-stage bureaucratic sclerosis, the kind that
causes strokes and leaves the national body a cripple, unaware of who or where
~ Dirk W. Sabin,
Gitmo What It Is
Arendt's allegations are almost all completely speculative and exaggerated.
While some of what he claims to have happened does indeed have factual overtones,
it is my opinion that he is greatly embellishing an inaccurate picture.
I was a member
of the 119th Field Artillery and was also in Guantanamo with Mr. Arendt, and
remember him quite well. Unlike the two months he served on the block, I spent
all of my deployment working on the cell blocks with other soldiers and military
personnel, less the last three weeks due to a sports-related injury.
It is my opinion,
if your publication did any kind of follow-up on such a serious accusation,
by speaking with other members of the 119th who were there, you would get a
Not once does
Mr. Arendt speak of what it was like for the military men and women guarding
these detained personnel. It was not a walk in the park for any of us either.
Almost daily we were harassed by the detainees. Many detainees would make personal
insults and tell us they were so glad to see the "twin towers" fall and other
such anti-American comments. Beyond verbal abuse from many of the detainees
there were also physical altercations. It was a very common occurrence for
a guard to be doused with a detainee-made "cocktail" consisting of feces and
urine. Also there were many instances in which detainees would head-butt, kick,
scratch, and punch any guard when they got a chance. One detainee told me flat
out as long as I wear an American flag I will always be the enemy. And even
through all this, our commanders still taught and enforced fair treatment.
Constantly our commanders would tell us our job is not to abuse or mistreat,
but to protect and be responsible for the basic necessities of the detained
personnel. Of course I cannot speak for every commander and soldier during
my time in "Gitmo"; I speak only to my own experience during the year I was
deployed there. The same year as Mr. Arendt.
I would totally
support Mr. Arendt's claims if they were factual. I am a two-time veteran,
and I don't always agree with my country's policies and practices, but I still
hold firm that despite our mistakes we are still one of the most fair and open-minded
It is my job
to protect the liberties of fellow Americans, such as Mr. Arendt's, and I do
it with pride. I believe all the attention he has received since voicing his
constitutional right to free speech, however, has gone to his head. It would
be beneficial for your publication to check your sources a little more thoroughly
than what you have appeared to do.
~ John Herrick
Republic, Not a Democracy
my name is George Phelps, and I live in League City, Texas, with my wife of
57 years. I'm a decorated Korean War combat veteran and a retired aerospace
There, now you
know about me.
I think this
article is wonderful! I have never been able to explain to my colleagues the
difference between a republic and a democracy, except to say that a republic,
by virtue of our Constitution, protects the nation against special interests,
the corruption of government, and the people themselves.
says it all. I know this article is going on four years old, but it is just
as valid today as it was then. It's in my "save" file, and I often go to my
save file to refresh my memory on the various issues and historical information.
As old Ben Franklin
said, "A republic – if you can keep it." Looks like it's slipping
away from us. How sad!
~ George Phelps