Wednesday, July 27, 2005

John McCain - Traitor?

Faux news' Bill O'Reilly having dabbled, allegedly, in sexually harassing his employees, (did I mention allegedly?) now tries his hand at McCarthyism. Apparently, on his July 25th show O'Lielly declared that he will publicly name those people and groups that are terror allies/traitors. He began his "I have a list of traitors in my hand" show by saying that for their support of the Geneva Conventions, "there is no question the ACLU and the judges who side with them are terror allies." He next "outed" Bob Herbert, columnist for the New York Times. His traitor hunting guests "outed" Michael Moore, Al Jeezera, Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) and Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) labeling them terrorist helpers.

Wonder when O'Lielly will "out" Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. John Warner (R-VA). You see, the three have criticized the Pentagon for failing "to hold senior officials and military officers responsible for the abuses that took place at the Abu Ghraib prison outside of Baghdad, and at other detention centers in Cuba, Iraq and Afghanistan." But what do they know anyway? McCain spent five years under torture in a Vietnam prison, Warner is Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Graham is an ex-JAG officer and they know a thing or two about the subject. So Republican senators have introduced legislation that would regulate the detention, treatment and trials of detainees held by the U.S. military. VP Dick ("I had other priorities during Vietnam") Cheney warned them "that their legislation would interfere with the president's authority and his ability to protect Americans against terrorist attacks." Translation - you're a bunch of terror allies and the President, who has never vetoed a single bill in five years will veto this one.

The legislation includes provisions to bar the military from hiding prisoners from the Red Cross, so called - "ghost detainees"; prohibit cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of detainees; and use only interrogation techniques authorized in a new Army field manual being revised. It's meant to give some hard and fast rules in this area since the "make it up as we go along" techniques have been a disaster for the U.S. image abroad, the military and for intelligence gathering.

So Faux news has three more terror allies to "out." They just happen to be Republican senators. Four if you count me.

BONUS POSTING: The "heavens to Betsy" Puritan crowd is at it again. It's widely known that President W has nicknames for everyone including Karl Rove whom he calls "turd blossom" among other things. So Doonsebury uses the nickname "turd blossom" in its comic strip and some newspaper editors nearly faint from shock. If they did faint it wasn't before they censored the parody.

BONUS POSTING II: Add to the list of traitors and terror allies Paul L. Hackett running for Congress as a Democrat in Ohio's 2nd District in an Aug. 2 special election. Hackett, a former marine and lawyer, after returing from volunteer service in Ramadi and Falluja, Iraq decided to run for the open seat. Must be a terror ally since he has called W "a chicken hawk" for not serving in Vietnam and harshly crticizing the decision to invade Iraq.


Blogger d.K. said...

The strongest language my saintly grandmother ever used was the expression "Heavens to Betsy!" You've used it twice now and I've laughed out loud at the context both times because those scandalous issues are the very same one's that would have shocked her and prompted the closest thing she ever got to an expletive. Too funny!

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