Notes on Political Venality, Pomposity and Associated Stupidity.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Bush Will Veto America's Honor

Senator John McCain spent years of privation in a Viet Cong POW camp. Geoge W. Bush spent years drinking and carousing with his fly boys in Texas, protecting us from the Mexican Menace. Who do you think knows more about how prisoners should be handled? Right.

But Bush is now poised to veto a bill (his first in five years, mind you) onto which John McCain wants to attach a rider. The wording would clearly and unequivicably explain to all our service men and women, and to the world at large, what the US will and will not do to its prisoners of war. But Bush won't have it.

If you want a single discouraging, depressing and dishonorable moment that defines the state of our union at this moment, perhaps this is it. I am tempted to rail on further, but it seems so pointless. If the President of the United States wants "wiggle room" when it comes to torture, then the wheels are truly off, and this ricketedy old horse cart of a nation is headed over the edge and down the swale into some very scary Class VI rapids....