2005/06/01

I'm Taking My Morals and Going Home!

"I'm aware of the Amnesty International report, and it's absurd. It's an absurd allegation."
President George W. Bush - 2005/05/31

"Frankly, I was offended by it. For Amnesty International to suggest that somehow the United States is a violator of human rights, I frankly just don't take them seriously."
Vice President Dick Cheney - 2005/05/31

"...those who make such outlandish charges lose any claim to objectivity or seriousness."
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in reference to Amnesty International - 2005/06/01

Like bullies on a playground, our leaders pillory Amnesty International for calling a spade a spade. Ironically, it was Amnesty that 3 years earlier, before the invasion, was lauded for its thorough documenting of human rights abuses in Saddam Hussien's Iraq. No more.

"...somehow the United States is a violator of human rights"? Is Cheney serious? Even if we couldn't read the military's own reports of abuse; Known about detainees being systematically deprived of the rights they're due under the Constitution; Observed the administration's own internal debate about how to get around the Geneva conventions; We'd still have seen the **FUCKING** pictures!

But the Bush administration, as if in some kind of delusional fog, simply screams repeatedly, We are a moral, virtuous people. How dare you accuse us! The problem, of course, is that when one's leaders hold the US up as an example to be emulated, others nations really do tend to hold us to that higher standard. To bad we don't measure up.

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