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May 09, 2004


General Lee


I agree. Torture is never an option in matters of statecraft. However it extreme matters of familial interest, torture can be justified. If a gang of crackheads abducted my mom, and I was able to abduct one of the crackheads without the other crackheads knowing, then I would probably resort to torturing my prisoner in order to determine the location of the saintly Canadian who bore me. I might, for example, force him to get a regular job.

Seriously, the US needs to be above reproach, and we are not. I don’t blame Bush though, not entirely. His biggest mistake was in wanting to be President in the first place. The problem is that the Executive Branch has too much power. Ever since Lincoln suspended habeas corpus in 1862, and intuited the Federal income tax for the first time--among his other gross Constitutional violations--Presidents have felt this divine authority to "look busy/be strong/be pround/lead" and save us from some alleged demon at the gate, whether it be a foreign nation or our own poverty. (Wilson in WW1, FDR with the New Deal and WW2.) But I digress; what we have in Iraq, and consequently in the Abu Ghraib Prison, is the hasty design of a very few people concentrated in Bush’s office. To try and set up a completely new regime in a matter of months demands a sense of urgency and self-righteousness that is sure to find such abuse acceptable. There aren’t enough checks and balances, both in Abu Ghraib and in our own country.

Bush is A problem, but Kerry is not THE answer.


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