Presidential Powers, Post 9/11
Mr. Cheney is right that complacency is a danger. It's good that the president keeps the terrorist threat uppermost in his mind. And it's fair to ask: If there were an attack tomorrow, would we still be complaining the day after about torture, or secret detentions, or spying on Americans?But then I figured it out, they wanted to loosen up Ol' Cheney and GW, get them to relax their stance, so it would be easier to kick them in the sack. It's bad enough when you get kicked there, but when it's done with the pointy Italian shoes of misguided and misinformed rhetoric, it's even worse.
For instance, on the issue of enemy combatants, the Post says:
The overreaching began with the administration's refusal to hold hearings, as called for by the Geneva Conventions, to determine whether captured fighters deserved prisoner-of-war status and with its decision to set aside Army procedures for handling prisoners under those conventions.That would be true, if the detainees were actual members of an Army or Militia associated with a legitimate government. Since they never were uniformed members of the Iraq/Afghan militaries, they aren't protected by that article of the Geneva conventions, and they aren't required to have a trial. (My rant on torture has a link to the page of the convention that applies.)
The convention only requires such hearings when there is doubt as to the status of someone who is captured. The Iraqi Army members, and Afghan Army, when they were captured were treated as POW's. The insurgents aren't, because they don't deserve it.
Another of their issues is with the possible mistreatment of US Soldiers, and other folks captured:
I can almost agree on the human rights end of it. However, lest the Post forget, there are tons of Islamic websites all to happy to show the treatment their "detainees" receive. Normally an execution style shooting as happened a few days ago, or a beheading.
One is the grave harm they've done to U.S. prestige throughout the world and, more specifically, to the United States' ability to demand fair treatment for its soldiers and to urge other nations to respect human rights.
As for prestige and world standing, if those are the true concern of the Post's Editors, shame on them. Protection of the US should be our concern. If we tick off a few of the appologists who have spent decades pampering Hammas and Hezbolla as they murder innocents, who cares!
The fact that much of Europe has decided placating radical islamic murderers, terrorists, and idealogues doesn't make it the correct course for the US.
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