A War Crimes Blogatorial
Lately when I've pondered what to blog about, the topic of war crimes keeps popping into my head.
I suppose I could make my case by writing a studious summary of who and what and when the Bush administration has approved criminal activity toward "the enemy," but there are thousands of sites that do that. Just Google "war crimes" for a comprehensive list.
Let's just assume the Bush administration okayed and even prompted various war crimes, starting with Abu Ghraib and rendition, and branching out in all directions from there.
America does not exist in a vacuum; the whole world knows chicken hawks Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld's bloodlust resulted in countless civilian human rights violations and war crimes.
Thanks to Bush, America is one of the world's most hated nations. There is much Obama needs to do to restore our global credibility.
He's entering office with a looming economic depression, record deficits, two unfinished wars and a crumbling infrastructure.
Yet he must make time to deal with the criminal activities of his predecessor and his cohorts.
If Obama wants to restore our nation's reputation for democracy and legitimacy in the world, he must launch an investigation into (at least) the major actions of the former Commander in Chief and his Secretary of Defense.
We all know Podunk privates would not have tortured and humiliated detainees in Abu Ghraib without authorization from their superior officers. And they wouldn't have okayed it without the same. And the list climbs all the way to the Pentagon and the White House, whose gross under reaction to the events shows disregard so blatant it rises to the level of complicity.
Any investigation would conclude the same, and they deserve a fair trial, but they need to be tried and Obama needs to make time to see that they are.
Platitudes and moving speeches are one thing, but in this case I think the world needs to see swift American justice in action. Obama has the power to make that happen, and he should.
The world needs to know America does not tolerate sadistic torture from any of its citizens- not even the president and his cabinet.