Sunday, September 18, 2005

Obsolete and Quaint 

Gonzales also argued that dropping Geneva would allow the president to "preserve his flexibility" in the war on terror. His reasoning? That U.S. officials might otherwise be subject to war-crimes prosecutions under the Geneva Conventions. Gonzales said he feared "prosecutors and independent counsels who may in the future decide to pursue unwarranted charges" based on a 1996 U.S. law that bars "war crimes," which were defined to include "any grave breach" of the Geneva Conventions. As to arguments that U.S. soldiers might suffer abuses themselves if Washington did not observe the conventions, Gonzales argued wishfully to Bush that "your policy of providing humane treatment to enemy detainees gives us the credibility to insist on like treatment for our soldiers."
-- Newsweek, 5/24/04

We have a little note that we pinned up over our desk because we kept forgetting: the fact that Robert Novak says it doesn't make it true. If, however, the item below is true -- if the leaders of the Democratic party have already signaled a willingness to confirm Alberto Gonzales, author of the Bush torture memo, to the Supreme Court without a fight -- then we cannot but agree with our indefatigable colleague Susie Madrak of Suburban Guerrilla that they all richly deserve to be waterboarded, piled naked in a pyramid, smeared with their own feces and led about on a leash by Lynndie England:
According to Senate sources, Democratic Leader Harry Reid has informed Majority Leader Bill Frist that Federal Appeals Court Judge Priscilla Owen will be filibustered if President Bush names her to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court.

Republican senators are divided on whether former Texas Supreme Court Justice Owen is vulnerable because she underwent a filibuster for the appellate seat and was confirmed under the compromise agreement. Frist is known to believe Owen can be confirmed in the face of a filibuster.

Republican Senate strategists believe Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is the only possible Bush nominee to replace O'Connor who would not face a filibuster.
If the Democrats can't rouse themselves to oppose a tapeworm like Gonzales, who'll be next? John Yoo?

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